Before every general election I ask some of the candadates on the ballot in my precenct questions about the issues that are the most important to me. First up this year, like in 2008, are the candidates for County Council in District 6, which covers part of West Ashley and a small part of North Charleston. Vick Rawl is the Democratic incumbent and Carolyn Hughes is his Republican opponent. These are the questions:
1) Now that the SC DOT has voted to not take over the I-526 extension what do you think County Council should do? If Council decides that 526 should be finished what path should the highway follow and how should it be financed? Should it be a limited access highway like the rest of 526 or a parkway with more points of entry?
2) Do you think County Council should approve, at least in theory, the Sea Islands Greenway? If so, how should that be financed?
3) This is related to the first two questions. The PGA hinted that the PGA Championship could return to the Ocean Course at Kiawah as early as 2019 but that they had concerns about the traffic problems this year. Is a PGA Championship every 7 to 10 years enough reason to widen the roads leading to the island? Or were the problems mostly about getting people out of the parking lots on Kiawah and not about the roads?
4) Should County Council approve the tax-increment financing district for the Beach Company’s Kiawah River Plantation development?
If you live in District 6 and have other questions you'd like me to ask let me know ASAP. I'll post the responses here.