by John Steinberger | March 14, 2019 11:10 am
Charleston City Councilman Gary White kicked off his 2019 Mayoral campaign Thursday in West Ashley. Flanked by six current and former council members at the former Northbridge Piggly Wiggly site, White noted the significance of the area as the Gateway to Charleston. The site has been vacant since 2015 and was purchased by City of Charleston for $3 million in 2017. White said, “We need to have a vision to make this area special. We will beautify this great community and make everyone in West Ashley proud to live here.”
White is a West Ashley native who has represented Charleston Council District 1 on Daniel Island since 2007. He listed easing traffic congestion, promoting economic development, fixing the failed drainage system, and being a good steward for Charleston taxpayers as his top priorities. He said the drainage system has been neglected for too long, citing studies going back more than 30 years that were never implemented. He said, “It is time to stop studying and start doing.” Preventative drainage maintenance would be a priority in the White Administration.
Citing his twenty years in banking, currently serving as First Citizens Bank’s Senior Vice President for business services, White said he will focus on sound fiscal management. The City of Charleston frequently bails out such entities as Riley Park and the South Carolina Aquarium because they fail to break even. He said he will focus on delivering core services like policing, garbage collection, drainage and filing potholes more efficiently.
Standing with White at his campaign kickoff were current City Councilmen Bill Moody, Keith Waring, and William Dudley Gregorie and former council members Aubry Alexander, Kathleen Wilson, and Larry Shirley. He will take on one-term Mayor John Tecklenburg and likely other candidates in November 2019. White had other campaign stops on James Island, downtown Charleston and Daniel Island scheduled Thursday. In addition to the campaign announcements, White’s website went live.
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