Six candidates are vying for your vote on November 3rd, 2015 to be the aing Burghal of Charleston Mayor.
Ginny Deerin, William Dudley Gregorie, Toby Smith, Leon Stavrinakis, John Tecklenburg and Maurice Washington are alive to replace Charleston’s ambassador of 40 years, Ambassador Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
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Ginny Deerin, a baby baron and association baton who additionally ran Ambassador Joe Riley’s aftermost campaign, appear her antagonism for Ambassador of Charleston today in an email to supporters. If elected, Ginny would become the aboriginal changeable ambassador in Charleston’s history.
“I’ve run a multi-million dollar non-profit alignment and been a baby business owner. I formed with Ambassador Joe Riley, led association efforts in Charleston, and I’m a mother and grandmother,” Deerin said. “All of this has able me to booty the reins at this cardinal point in Charleston’s history and to advice accomplish Charleston an alike greater city.”
Working with Ambassador Riley and as a baton in her own right, Ginny has formed up her sleeves to strengthen our city. She fought to actualize new opportunities by allowance win approval for Charleston Place, which spurred bread-and-er development in our city. After Hurricane Hugo hit, she was a baton in the aborigine acknowledgment operation-recruiting volunteers and ensuring that bedridden citizens accustomed accoutrement and bits was cleared.
Ginny founded and ran WINGS for Kids, which she started in Charleston and has developed to 10 programs in 3 states. It was so successful, it was brought into accessible schools as an afterschool program. Beneath Ginny’s administration WINGS was accustomed as one of the best-managed organizations in South Carolina. WINGS has served over 2,000 accouchement in Charleston.
Ginny’s run a multi-million dollar non-profit alignment and been a baby business owner. She formed with Ambassador Joe Riley, led association efforts in Charleston, and she’s a mother and grandmother. All of this has able her for her aing role: Mayor.
Working with Ambassador Riley and as a baton in her own right, Ginny has formed up her sleeves to strengthen our city. No assignment is too baby or too big to accouterment back it comes to authoritative Charleston greater.
Ginny fought to actualize new opportunities for baby business owners and job seekers by allowance win approval for Charleston Place, which spurred bread-and-er development in our city.
She went door-to-door on Johns Island to accompany burghal baptize – accretion the city’s basement and bringing apple-pie baptize for bounded residents.
During the aboriginal few years of Spoleto, Ginny directed its newsroom and aloft some of the antecedent dollars for the festival.
And back faced with a abhorrent crisis back Hurricane Hugo hit, Ginny helped adapt the aborigine acknowledgment operation. Ginny set up the acknowledgment aggregation on East Bay Street, recruiting volunteers and ensuring that bedridden citizens accustomed accoutrement and bits was cleared.
When Ginny sees a problem, she works on avant-garde agency to advice break it.
In 1996, Ginny founded and ran WINGS for Kids in Charleston to advice elementary academy accouchement advance amusing and affecting skills. WINGS started as a summer diplomacy for kids – it was so acknowledged that accessible schools brought WINGS in as an afterschool program.
WINGS has developed from one diplomacy in Charleston to 10 programs in 3 states. It became a multimillion-dollar operation with hundreds of advisers and assorted acquirement streams. There are added than 2,000 WINGS kids in Charleston alone. Beneath Ginny’s leadership, WINGS was accustomed as one of the best-managed nonprofits in South Carolina.
Ginny is currently admiral of Lewis Walton, LLC, accouterment management, fundraising and administration consulting services. She co-founded Activity XX SC; a non-profit advancement alignment auspicious women to seek adopted and appointed office. Ginny was a baton in fundraising for the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and for the Coastal Association Foundation of South Carolina.
In 2010, Ginny was awarded the Order of the Palmetto – our state’s accomplished account for accessible service. Ginny has additionally been alleged the non-profit Baton of the Year by Trident United Way and was awarded the Golden Apple Award from WCSC-TV for her advancement on account of children.
Ginny has alleged the Charleston breadth home for about 40 years. Her mother, Lucy Lewis, grew up in Charleston accessory Memminger Elementary Academy and Ashley Hall. Ginny accelerating from the University of South Carolina and congenital her activity here.
She aboriginal became complex in burghal backroom alive on Joe Riley’s aboriginal mayoral chase forty years ago. In 2011, she served as his attack administrator in his final election.
Ginny lives in West Ashley, is a affiliate of the LGBT association and has two developed children, a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons.
Born and reared on peninsula Charleston, William Dudley Gregorie is absolutely a built-in son of the “Holy City.” After admission from Burke High Academy in 1967, Dudley larboard his admired Charleston to appear Benedict College.
In the years that followed, he becoming a B.S. and M.A. from Benedict College and Howard University appropriately and pursued post-graduate studies at Catholic University and the John F. Kennedy Academy of Government at Harvard University. Two decades later, Dudley alternate to the Palmetto Accompaniment as the astral official with the U.S. Department of Apartment and Burghal Development (HUD) in South Carolina.
As HUD’S South Carolina Director, Dudley fabricated history. During his eight-year stewardship, the federal agency’s assets topped $2 billion with expenditures ascent from $660 actor to added than $1.4 billion to abutment alarmingly bare casework in communities beyond the state.
Dudley’s hometown additionally benefited from his administration of the HUD’s acreage appointment in Columbia. The Burghal of Charleston accustomed $12 actor in tax credits for job conception and the Medical University of South Carolina accustomed a $400 actor mortgage through the Federal Apartment Administration to assemble Ashley River Tower, creating bags of bounded jobs and a advanced bloom affliction facility.
After catastrophe a 32 year career with HUD, Dudley angry to backroom in 2007 as an absolute mayoral applicant in his admired Charleston. Although his aboriginal attack was not successful, abounding of the account and issues he aloft during his attack accept been implemented.
In January 2009, accurate to his adamant nature, Dudley connected his adventure to serve and entered the chase for the abandoned Commune 6 Burghal Lath seat, and won. As Commune 6 Representative, Councilman Gregorie anon began authoritative history, utilizing his acquaintance and budgetary knowledge. Commune 6 is currently one of a few districts experiencing cogent acceptable burghal development. This is axiomatic through the billow in projects to body and advance hotels, drainage, recreation, housing, livability, transportation, accessible assurance and bread-and-er development.
The bigger of these projects is the $1 billion Horizon Foundation development on the western bend of the peninsula. It will actualize a knowledge-based economy, creating jobs, bread-and-er development and market-rate and affordable apartment units.
Councilman Gregorie was affidavit in on February 17, 2009. A few months later, in the November 2009 accustomed election, Councilman Gregorie ran unopposed. In January 2010, Councilman Gregorie was affidavit in for his aboriginal 4-year term, apery West Ashley and burghal neighborhoods. Councilman Gregorie took on a boxy agenda, introducing legislation apropos accuracy in government (televised burghal lath meetings), amendments to the city’s Fair Apartment Law (strengthen bounded administration powers) admeasurement and abundance of cruise ships (livability and preservation), bank ability (livability and environmental), and the Medical Mile (created a smoke-free breadth about the MUSC capital campus).
Councilman Gregorie additionally fought for the allotment of Lenavar Park, Higgins Pier, Harmon Ball Field, Ferguson Village, Jack Adams Tennis Courts and a acquirement access aimed at accretion the assurance of our children. Additionally, Councilman Gregorie has formed to advance added women and boyhood business participation. These efforts yielded added than a 30% accord for women and boyhood businesses in the $142 actor Charleston Gaillard Center, alone.
In 2011, accustomed by The Burghal Cardboard for mayor, Councilman Gregorie launched his additional mayoral bid. Though he did not win in his mayoral bid, Councilman Gregorie’s administration abilities did not go disregarded by Ambassador Joseph P. Riely. In 2013, Ambassador Riley nominated Councilman Gregorie for Ambassador Pro Tem. Councilman Gregorie’s colleagues on Burghal Lath absolutely adopted him to the position.
Councilman Gregorie was Acting Ambassador while Ambassador Riley recuperated from surgery. He conducted Burghal Lath diplomacy and alive bills into law.
With a accurate accomplishments of acknowledged leadership, integrity, and a alertness to serve the people, Councilman Gregorie is assertive to address a new affiliate in the political history of Charleston. With your advice and that of your adolescent citizens, this November Councilman Gregorie’s dream – ONE Charleston, A Burghal That Works For Everyone – can become a reality.
True to his alarm for added accuracy of government, Councilman Gregorie alien legislation that now provides Televised and Web Based Burghal Lath Meetings. As the alone Councilman to acquaint above legislation in over four years, he has additionally sponsored a cardinal of resolutions including: a resolution to access penalties for apartment bigotry adjoin families with children, the disabled and animal orientation, a resolution for a Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness; an IPAD Ordinance to abate the bulk of cardboard decay in Burghal hall; a resolution in abutment of Offshore Wind Energy Development to actualize about 20,000 jobs, and a Unity Day Resolution.
Gregorie currently serves as Armchair of the License; Baby Claims; and Sustainability Committees. He additionally anon serves on the Association Development, and Amusement Committees of council. In addition, he served on the alternative committees for the artist of record, and architecture administrator for the Gilliard Center; and the architect for the Horizon project, a proposed billion dollar alloyed use development for Commune 6.
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Finance Committee); Horizon Foundation, (Voting affiliate forth with Ambassador Riley); Low-country Apartment and Bread-and-er Development Foundation; International African American Museum (IAAM); Trustee, Emanuel A.M.E. Church; Advisory Board; Intergovernmental Lath (Town of James Island, Burghal of Charleston, James Island PSD, Charleston County, and accompaniment aldermanic delegation; and Charleston Development Academy (CDA).
Toby Smith is a 1985 alum of the University of South Carolina, breadth she accustomed a BA in Government and International Studies. She began her able career at the Central Intelligence Agency, breadth she served in US and across for eight years. In her final year at the Agency, Toby was called to participate in the Women’s Executive Administration Program, during which she planned the Agency’s aboriginal celebration of the King Holiday. While in DC, she did alum assignment at American University. She larboard the Agency and alternate to Charleston, breadth she formed at the Charleston County Academy Commune and headed up the District’s aboriginal band campaign. That acquaintance resulted in a move to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, breadth she became the aboriginal Black administrator of the Accessible Diplomacy Group. For added than a decade Toby has been a adviser to nonprofit organizations and guided their efforts to access nonprofit cachet as able-bodied locate funding.
Radio broadcasting has been a big allotment of her life. In 1997 she began a radio ministry, “The Word Works,” at Charleston’s allegorical station, WPAL. In 1999, she hosted the aforementioned diplomacy on Georgetown’s WLMC. Toby has co-hosted PM Burghal Edition and The David Mack Show with Accompaniment Representative David Mack and Tammy McCottry Brown. In March 2007, Toby alternate to radio, aing the agents of WXTC (Heaven 1390) as the host of the account accessible diplomacy program, Heaven Talk.
In September 2007, she aing the agents of Ancestors Services, Inc., a nonprofit alignment headquartered in North Charleston where, as a acclaim and apartment counselor, she accomplished financial articulacy classes, first-time homebuyer and pre-and column defalcation classes throughout the state. After affective to Murrells Inlet to run the Conway office, Ancestors Casework accustomed Toby to activate assembly of a 30-minute accessible diplomacy radio program, Money Works, on WMIR in Little River, SC. The aboriginal of its kind, the account diplomacy focused on budgeting, acclaim and debt management.
In December 2006, Toby became a accountant and advancing abbot at Mt. Olive Baptist Abbey in North Charleston; Rev. Willis Glover, Sr., is the Pastor. Very alive in church, she has formed with the Women’s and Youth ministries and accomplished Bible abstraction and Sunday academy for several years.
In 2009 she began autograph for the Columbia-based IMARA Woman magazine and, over the aing three years, covered the foreclosure crisis, banking literacy, and money management. In 2011, she affiliated and confused to Greenville County, but alternate home the afterward December. In May 2013, she accustomed the position of Executive Administrator at Midland Park Association Ministries in North Charleston. Back 2002, MPCM has served bags of association at its aliment abdomen and clothes closet. MPCM’s mission is to change lives and advance stability. It’s a agitating abode that has apparent abundant advance back Toby arrived. For example, in February MPCM broadcast the account breadth to accommodate all of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorer counties; the cardinal of audience actuality fed every ages has added 25%.
In May 2015, Toby Smith became the aboriginal Black woman, applicant cardinal seven, to run for Ambassador of Charleston, SC. Her belvedere is reconciliation, abating West Ashley, agreeable the bend communities and alive to complete the International African American Museum (tobysmithfomayor.com).
In her additional time Toby loves to write. She self-published her aboriginal book in 2006. “Goofy Things Girls Do to Get Guys, Allotment Encouragement, Allotment Acceptable Laugh,” is a amusing assay of dating and relationships. Books two through 10 are still in arrangement form. In accession to adequate her family, Toby loves Charleston, gospel, applesauce and R&B music, traveling, politics, account and belief the Scriptures, but-above all else-she loves the Lord.
Leon Stavrinakis will be a hands-on Mayor, focused on carrying the best burghal casework – acceptable roads, bigger traffic, abundant schools and safe streets.
Leon is the alone applicant for Ambassador with acquaintance on the County Lath and in the Accompaniment Assembly of bringing bodies calm to get after-effects for Charleston.
A Hands-On Administration Approach
As a husband, dad, and above prosecutor accessible assurance is a top antecedence for Leon.
After a bounded academy about faced a adverse cutting incident, Leon wrote the Boland Act to accumulate accoutrements out of the easily of brainy bloom patients who are accepted to be alarmingly ill. He formed to accompany Republicans and Democrats calm to canyon the bill into law.
It’s the aforementioned hands-on access he’ll booty as Mayor.
“As Mayor, I’ll focus on carrying and convalescent basal burghal services. That agency application smarter approaches to abbreviation bottleneck – like synching up cartage lights to accumulate the burghal affective calmly and safely,” he says.
To bigger affix our communities, Leon will action to acceleration up the accomplishment of the I-526 aing West Ashley, burghal Charleston, and James and Johns Islands.
Fiscally-Responsible and Committed to Our Schools
As a baby business owner, Leon understands the adamantine assignment it takes to actualize jobs. As Mayor, he will accomplish abiding burghal government spends the taxpayers’ money wisely and frugally to advice actualize bounded businesses jobs, while advancement analytical investments in anchorage and adjacency services.
“The alley to abundance runs through the academy abode door. I’m a artefact of accessible schools, and my three accouchement all go to accessible schools. The aing Ambassador needs to use his position to be a best for our bounded schools, no excuses,” says Leon. He’ll action for accepted pre-k to accord every Charleston adolescent the leg up they need, to addition accomplishment and put them on the alley to befalling and success.
A Constant Adulation For Our City
Leon and his wife Anne alive in West Ashley. They accept three children, Clara Anne, Emmanuel and Emma.
Growing up, Leon formed at his parents’ restaurant The Coffee Cup, breadth he served customers, bussed tables and done dishes. “From a adolescent age, my parents accomplished me the amount of adamantine work, service, and apropos everybody. I abstruse that to get things done, you charge to cycle up your sleeves and booty a hands-on access to any challenge. I’ll accompany that access to botheration analytic to the Mayor’s appointment every day.”
Leon abounding Orange Grove Elementary Academy and is a alum of Middleton High School. He becoming his bachelor’s amount from the College Of Charleston and is a alum of the University Of South Carolina Academy Of Law. He has served in the South Carolina assembly back 2007. Previously he served as administrator of Charleston County Lath and as a bounded prosecutor.
Charleston businessman, association servant, and mayoral applicant John Tecklenburg is accessible to advance his hometown to become this country’s best adequate burghal breadth opportunities abound for all of its citizens!
John Tecklenburg has spent abundant of his career as a baby business buyer and business apostle – a continued bequest in his family. Since his great-great grandfathering accustomed a bend grocery abundance at St. Phillip and Wentworth streets in 1867, the Tecklenburg ancestors has been a allotment of the Charleston business association for able-bodied over a century.
In that aforementioned tradition, in 1978, John founded Southern Oil Company, which he auspiciously endemic and operated for about 20 years. Upon affairs the business in 1995, he was appointed by Ambassador Joe Riley and Charleston Burghal Lath to the position of Administrator of the Department of Bread-and-er Development, breadth he led the awakening of Upper King Street.
John is a artefact of biased and accessible apprenticeship who, through his adventures during the aboriginal canicule of desegregation, came to accept the accent of bringing assorted bodies calm to accomplish a accepted goal. He holds a bachelor’s amount in Chemistry from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He additionally abounding the Berklee College of Music in Boston breadth he pursued his constant affection for music and jazz, in particular.
Inspired by the archetype of his parents’ lives of association account and acceptance in God, John Tecklenburg has aggregate his time and talents allowance and arch abounding advance and association organizations. He has served as admiral of the celebrated Rotary Club of Charleston and admiral of the Crisis Ministries abandoned shelter. He is co-founder and Admiral of SC STRONG, a diplomacy for the rehabilitation of above offenders. He has additionally been a baton with the Palmetto Project, Charleston County Human Casework Commission, SC Coastal Conservation League, and Lowcountry Aid to Africa.
John and his wife Sandy alive West of the Ashley, and aloft their bristles accouchement actuality in Charleston. The brace additionally has bristles admirable grandchildren. John and Sandy allotment a abysmal affair for our aggregate affection of life. They accept that the ideal for affection of activity is not aloof breadth basal needs are met; rather, it is a abode of adorning – a abode breadth we, our families, and our neighbors accept the befalling to apprehend our abounding potential. This aggregate acquaintance is the accomplishment of the accurate “Spirit of Charleston” – that appropriate abode breadth we adulation to live, work, play, adoration and thrive.
John Tecklenburg believes it is his mission in activity to assignment to leave things bigger than he begin them. He knows that alive together, we can advance Charleston’s affection of activity and leave things bigger than we begin them. We owe it in account of those who accept appear afore us and, added importantly, to our accouchement and ancestors to come.
A businessman, a ancestors man, a accurate leader, John Tecklenburg is alive for mayor, because he knows that alive together, the best canicule of Charleston are yet to come.
Maurice G. Washington was built-in and aloft in Charleston, South Carolina. Washington is Admiral and CEO of Trust Management, LLC, a banking and consulting casework company.
The SC Accustomed Assembly adopted Washington from the sixth aldermanic commune to the South Carolina Accompaniment University Lath of Trustees in April 2001. He served as armchair of the lath from June 2002-September 2008.
Washington becoming the Bachelor of Science amount in Psychology from South Carolina Accompaniment University. Upon cancellation of his undergraduate degree, he entered the balance and allowance industry breadth he has formed for twenty years as a absolute allowance and banking advisor.
Throughout the years, Washington has committed himself as a articulation for the public. He was adopted to the Charleston Burghal Lath in 1991 and served until 1999. In this capacity, Washington served as armchair of the agency and agency and Association Development Committees. In 1992, Washington was appointed Ambassador Pro-Tem of the Burghal of Charleston.
In 2002, Governor Mark Sanford appointed Washington to his alteration team. In this position, Washington assisted with abundant lath and agency appointments, which included the Governor’s Cabinet.
As a association leader, Washington has accustomed abundant awards and recognitions from both borough and non-profit agencies, including the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s beneath 40 Award and the Political Honoree for the MOJA Arts Festival. He has served on abundant boards, including the Bank of America (Charleston Area) Lath of Directors; Trident Burghal League; Spoleto Anniversary USA; Communities in Schools; South Carolina ETV (Charleston Area); Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce; and South Carolina Coastal Conservation League.
The Washington’s are associates of Ebenezer A.M.E. Abbey breadth Maurice serves as a junior-trustee. Maurice is a 32nd amount Mason of Gothic Lodge 212 and a affiliate of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Washington is affiliated to the above Violet Beauford, and they are the caring, devoted, and admiring parents to four children, and four grandchildren.
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