By Abe Jenkins for The Island Connection
The city of Charleston’s aggressive push toward development, tourism and annexation over the past decade has contributed to flooding issues, gentrification, economic inequities, infrastructure problems and traffic congestion. While these are issues impacting all Charleston residents, the African American and Hispanic communities have felt these quality of life issues in considerably more painful ways.
Unfortunately, there has not been a mayoral forum to address these concerns and issues – until now.
The Progressive Club of Johns Island, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services and the Wadmalaw Island Community Center have partnered to host a mayoral forum on Oct. 30 at the St. John’s High School Auditorium, 1518 Main Road on Johns Island. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the forum will begin at 7 p.m. All six of the candidates for mayor of Charleston have confirmed that they’ll be in attendance.
The forum will be moderated by Ericka Plater, executive director of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services. Panelists include Quintin Washington, Quintin’s Close Ups; Barney Blakeney, Charleston Chronicle; Heather Hodges, executive director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor; Stephanie Nodine, immigration attorney and Progressive Club board member; Bertha Middleton, executive director of the Wadmalaw Island Community Center; and Aaron White, clinical social worker and a member of the Wadmalaw Island Land Planning Committee.
For more detailed information regarding the forum, contact Abe Jenkins Jr., at 843-801-8003.