Support conservation advocates for County Council

Support conservation advocates for County Council
June 11 15:49 2018 Print This Article

The mission statement for Lowcountry Source includes Responsible Development, Wetlands Conservation, and Drainage Maintenance. Two candidates for Tuesday’s Republican primary, Jackie Todd and Joe Qualey, embrace those principles. Todd is running for District 8, which extends from Johns Island to Edisto Island. Qualey, a two-term incumbent, represents District 9, which includes most of James Island and The Crescent in West Ashley.

Todd is a Johns Island resident and a retired business executive. She has degrees in mechanical engineering and computer science and wants to bring Six Sigma management practices to county government to make optimal use of tax dollars. Todd wants to have infrastructure improvements in place before permitting new subdivisions. She also wants to require developers to implement drainage plans to manage stormwater runoff.

Qualey has a strong record as a fiscal conservative. He was among the few council members who opposed the purchase of the former Navy Hospital, which could wind up costing taxpayers up to $100 Million dollars due to lawsuits with the former contractor hired by the county to convert the building into a social services center. Qualey also has a strong record as a conservationist who fights to preserve wetlands and grand trees. He opposed The Lively, a high-density apartment complex along Grimball Road, and the permit request was subsequently withdrawn.

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