Wednesday, June 4, 2014
As incumbent County Councilman David Chinnis’ term comes to an end, he and opponent Scott Inabinet are fighting for the Republican party’s nomination for the seat.
County Council District 2 roughly includes the areas between Gahagan Road and Miles Jamison Road. The seat is subject to a four-year term.
Incumbent Councilman Chinnis is a product manager for a firm that sells graphics software and hardware. He was first elected to represent District 2 in 2010.
During his time on the council, Councilman Chinnis has been very involved with the Dorchester Road construction project, particularly as the head of the Planning, Development and Building Committee.
Development and growth has been an issue of focus for him during the campaign.
“We have higher property taxes than everyone else in the tri-county area. Why would someone live here?” he said, defending his support of the failed referendum to adopt a local option sales tax for property tax relief.
Making the county an economically sound environment has been a top priority while on Council, he said.
“We have to make this county attractive and the businesses like what they see. We need to maintain that integrity and do the things that we can do because we want to have an area for employees to live, work and play.”
Inabinet, the opposing candidate, said he would involve the citizens more if elected.
“[My defining issue is] transparency and communication. … You need to know what we’re doing for you, but also what we’re doing to you.”
Inabinet works as the Ashley River Fire Dept. chief. His campaign has been centered on his public service, a perspective he said he hopes to bring to the council.
“I think I bring something unique, a different viewpoint, to the table. I’m in the streets every single day and I’d like to expand my role.”
He said winning the election will simply expand his already present role as a public servant.
The two will compete for the Republican party nomination in the primary election on June 10.
No candidates from the Democratic Party have filed for the seat.