Staff Report for The Island Connection
Republican Jenny Costa Honeycutt, a James Island native and successful businesswoman and attorney, announced March 8 that she will run this year to represent District 9 on Charleston County Council. The district encompasses most of James Island, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Folly Beach, and parts of Johns Island and West Ashley.
In her announcement, Honeycutt stressed the importance of improving the county’s infrastructure and quality of life: “The people of Charleston’s barrier islands deserve safe roads, smart growth and sound leadership. I am committed to ensuring they have all three as their member of County Council. To realize safe roads, smart growth and sound leadership – one must have a representative willing and able to build consensus and better communicate with neighbors. My experience as an attorney resolving cases through alternative dispute resolution has prepared me to get results for our neighbors on council. Further, my experience working daily to help small businesses and job creators navigate the complexities of government bureaucracy and the legal system has prepared me to ensure our neighbors receive the high quality constituent service they deserve.”
Honeycutt also addressed the significant changes the Lowcountry has seen over the past few decades in her announcement.
“Having grown up on James Island before there was a Connector, I have seen firsthand what growth in the region looks like. Having spent my summers on Folly Beach, fishing around the Morris Island Lighthouse, and swimming for the Fort Johnson Swim Team – I have always appreciated the unique beauty and quality of life our community offers. As our County Council member, I will work tirelessly to protect and improve our quality of life.”
A graduate of Ashley Hall, Honeycutt earned Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Political Science and Communications from Meredith College and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
While in law school, Honeycutt served as law clerk in the Governor’s Office, where she researched the impact of proposed legislation on South Carolina businesses.
After practicing law for a large statewide firm for eight years, Honeycutt became a small business owner on James Island. With her firm, Best Honeycutt, PA – Jenny has been named a Legal Elite of the Lowcountry by Charleston Business Magazine, named a Rising Star by South Carolina Super Lawyers, and has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating. She is licensed to practice law in South Carolina State and Federal Courts.
Honeycutt and her husband, Trey, have three children and live in the Parrot Creek neighborhood on James Island, after living on Johns Island for over a decade. Together, the family attends James Island Christian Church, where Jenny was a founding member and serves as a Sunday school leader. Jenny has also served as a James Island Christian School board member and room mom. As an active member of the Junior League of Charleston, Honeycutt has led efforts to combat poverty and serve the needs of the less fortunate in our community.