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Re: “Three covet District 6 City Council seat

You will notice that, once again, "Tommie Coaxum did not respond to requests for an interview." It is my understanding that she dropped out of the January 29th issue debate, as well. If you Google "Tommie Fleming Coaxum of SC" you will find a News and Courier & Charleston City Paper article, but you will not find anything about any sort of community service.

The first part of the article (below) goes into the accolades and accomplishments of the candidates. Of Gregorie, it says that he retired from working with HUD, he ran for Mayor in 2007, and he has been busy with something called the "William Gregorie Institute for Social Justice" in Mt. Pleasant, SC. That's commendable.

I could not find any real information through Google about this foundation, nor could I locate their website. On I found out that the total asset amount of the 162 Tax Exempt Non Profit Organizations in Mt. Pleasant amounts to $28,700,014 annually.

On Mr. Gregorie's foundation profile for Asset Amount, Income Amount, or Form 990 Revenue Amount there was no accounting of funds, even though it is a Foundation Type Organization "...which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public."

Back in 2007, the Firefighters Union stated in the News and Courier that they were going to oppose re-election of Mayer Riley and endorse Gregorie. Why was that? Because he is the best person for the job? Not necessarily. It was said, "...the union picked the Riley opponent with the best financing." How typical.

In my opinion, the key to what Mr. Gregorie is all about came from his very own mouth. He said, and I quote: "I bring a wealth of experience, with less talk and more proof." Do we need "less talk and more proof?"

Where's the proof? Seriously...where is the PROOF! On Gregorie's "top issue" list is the "persistent flooding" in the neighborhoods. Well, that was a problem back in 2007 when he ran for Mayor. What has he done about it since then? It's now 2009. Where's the proof?

"There are not enough preventive measures to stop that kind of flooding problem," he says. We already know that. Don't you think we need some dialogue about the specifics of the flooding, how it affects the district, where the source of stoppage is coming from, what happens to the yards and streets when the backups occur, where are the hardest hit flooding areas, and who is responsible for the drainage maintenance? That requires TALKING. That requires communication.

The only PROOF I see right now is that our city officials have known about the flooding in the district for decades. The fact that they are still saying it is a "top issue" is evidence that there IS NO PROOF that anything has been done.

(Here's the equation: Political Experience + Less Talk = No Proof)

Gregorie states that one of the solutions is simply "cleaning out the drains." two years' time since he used the "flooding streets" as a Mayoral Race platform, has he gone out and cleaned out a ditch? The "proof" is going to be in someone who, through communication, identifies a problem and then rolls up his sleeve and cleans out a ditch or two. The proof is in Jeffrey K. Hill.

I think there needs to be a lot more talking about an accounting for why nothing has been done! If the problem cannot be fixed, or there are not funds available for it...just tell us why. Communicate.

What would YOU do?

* If you identify problems in your community, run for public office and lose the race...would you sit back and do nothing about the problems until you could run for another office and win?

* If you don't win the political race, are you going to abandon the fight?

No, you would not. But that's exactly the track record these "politicians" are demonstrating. I for one am sick of it. Aren't you?

All the certifications, all the degrees hanging on the wall behind your leather desk chair, and all the experience in the world will not amount to a hill of beans if communication with the constituents is lost.

Communication is the key. Talking is the key. The horse needs to go in front of the cart...not behind. That's why candidate, Jeffrey K. Hill, says on his Charleston District 6 Issues website, "Let's talk now."

Posted by carolina-girl on January 28, 2009 at 11:14 PM
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