By the way, I can spell but I was ranting into my microphone.
Right on CIAculinarykid!!!as a person it's lived here my whole life, I am so sick of all these people moving down here. I never see anybody I knew growing up when I go out. Instead, people or actually amazed to meet somebody that actually grew up and is from here because that is all they know. We might as well run a shuttle service from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. And I'm the one that can't afford to live in my own town. It's fucking ridiculous and I'm sick of it. Screw the sidewalks .... That will just cause more delays in traffic. Give me some roads and No more development. PERIOD. If you want to move to Charleston then buy house between Somerville and Holly Hill or move your ass out the Walterboro.
CIACulinaryKid speaks the truth as I see it.
I like Ginny. I like John too. But whoever gets in is in for a few years of real miserable work and lots of whining from all of us that live here. We want to get off and on the damn peninsula in a car every once in awhile without sitting in bumper to bumper on Meeting Street for 45 minutes (Wednesday this week at 8 AM). I would like to use East Bay without a kayak to get over to my family's shack on Sullivans so I can go to the OD and drink lots of beers and eat oysters with all the other "elite". We are sick to death of expensive taxpayer funded stupid studies from stupid people from somewhere else telling us stupid shit we already know and giving us stupid recommendations that we don't use anyway. We don't want any more assholes moving here, we have enough of them, asshole quota has been filled until 2020....so fuck pumping money into tourism and "economic growth" for a few years. Pump that money into fixing the damn infrastructure. I have decided to be more vocal and less polite in 2016 and say what I really think at city meetings instead of Heyhowareyoulookinggood. I am looking forward to participating, no matter who gets elected, and to being escorted out each time. Somebody has to do it.
So if she is elected is she going to actually buy a house in the City of Charleston or is she going to stay at her West Ashley crash pad and just 'summer' on the Island?
Financial filings for all the candidates are available at the SC Ethics Commission site.
Ms. Deerin's filings are pretty dull. She's definitely taking money from quasi-legal donors contributing more than the legal maximum by hiding behind LLCs (something the CP covered awhile back), but it's definitely not at the level Stavrinakis reached.
Laurin, could you please supply a link to the publicly available list of contributors. I'm not as impressed with prolific fund raising by political candidates. It usually means they are selling themselves to the highest bidders. If Ginny believes that Leon has been bought by the Beach Co., then how can she argue that she has not been corrupted as well?
If Sullivan's Island wants to be part of Charleston, they should become part of Charleston and pay the same taxes as everyone else.
Fish Pimp, campaign disclosures are publicly available, so you can see for yourself who Ginny's donors are. It's a broad, diverse set. Arguably her biggest strength in terms of campaigning brass tacks is that she's a prolific fundraiser. That's the main reason I knew she could be competitive in this race. Not being the presumptive winner and the one who's been in public office for 10 years, Ginny's dollars were a lot harder to raise.
Ron brings up a great point about Cainhoy and other remote areas annexed to the city. People who are making a stink about Sullivan's Island have clearly already decided on another candidate. Ginny has satisfied the residency requirement to run for this office, so whatevs. The carpetbagger charge is silly when you bother to look at a map and at Ginny's resume.
This whole "She lives on Sullivan's Island!" thing is an arbitrary and silly critique. Some of you need to take a look at a map of the city limits. Sullivan's is a lot closer to what people consider Charleston than many actual locations within the official city limits. You're going to tell me if she lived in Bumfuck Cainhoy she would be more qualified to be mayor of Charleston?
Where is all of Ginny's money coming from? Is it her money? How much did she pay herself working for her charity?
If Leon wanted to split this city by attacking Ginny as an elitist puppet of the peninsula, he could. Perhaps your assessment of his stance against divisive campaigning is wrong? She's killing him right now, and he's not fighting back. Negative campaigning works. His mistake was to try an get out in front of this move by Deerin. It should have been his response to her sustained barrage.
Sullivan's Island is an automatic disqualification for me so it's disappointing that the City Paper is selling out their principles.
Mayor Riley was the best thing to happen to Charleston over the past 50 years. Mayor GINNY will be a close second.
More roads will not fix your traffic problems.
People are so short sighted "prepare to open your wallets"? Let me ask you a question, how much is your time worth? How much would you pay to have 2 extra hours a week with your family, friends, pets, or whatever? I am tired of spending my mornings and afternoons sitting in traffic. We need more roads!! They aren't going to pay for themselves. Please tax me, I beg you, tax me and fix the traffic issue in this otherwise fantastic city.
Ginny has dedicated herself to Charleston for many many years. The fact that she lived on S.I. is a non-issue. Her work at WINGS has changed the lives of many underserved Charlestonians. She walks the walk, while the rest just talk. She is smart, honest, and will be a great mayor, for many terms to come.
Great endorsement, not only because Ginny is a well qualified leader, but because she is a wonderful person with great compassion for all people. Our city will continue to improve ad grow in a positive direction with such a good-hearted, caring and strong leader like her.
If she is elected get ready to open your wallets.
I love how some people think that because she lived on Sullivan's Island MUST mean she doesn't care about Charleston. She's lived on Sullivan's, downtown, and West Ashley and that gives her a much better perspective of the city than any of the other candidates.
If Ginny cared about Charleston, she would have lived in the city. She chose to live outside of the city. Did she think that where she lived was better than this city? I have lived within the city limits for well over 30 years. Life on the peninsula and in West Ashley is very much different that life on the elite Sullivan's Island.
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