Filing for this year’s Summerville Town Council election begins at noon on Aug. 7 and closes at noon Sept. 6.
Town council seats for districts 2, 4 and 6 are included in this year’s election, in addition to the election for mayor.
All three council members; Christine Czarnik, Bill McIntosh, and Bob Jackson, have confirmed they are seeking re-election. Mayor Wiley Johnson said last week he did not plan to run for re-election.
Three candidates have declared their intentions to run for mayor; Dorchester County Councilman Bill Hearn, Ricky Waring, former town fire chief and councilman, and Fleming Moore, a musician and artist.
Six months ago, former Summerville Town Councilman Terry Jenkins announced his intentions to run for the District 2 seat held by Councilwoman Christine Czarnik. As of July, Jenkins had about $23,597 of contributions on hand according to his most recent campaign filing with the S.C. Ethics Commission.
Jenkins served on the town council from 1992 to 1999 and then ran again and was elected in 2011. In 2016 he lost re-election to Czarnik by only a handful of votes.
Last fall, Jenkins said he is driven by a desire to help bring civility back to the council and to help the town move forward with road projects, protect the downtown area and make sure that tax dollars are used responsibly.
“We need to manage tax dollars well, we need to get infrastructure better and we’ve got to work with others to be able to do that,” Jenkins said. “And we’ve got to have the ability for council to work together in a civilized fashion.”
Czarnik and Jackson both have said they will seek re-election.
McIntosh too confirmed he is seeking re-election. Campaign disclosures show he has $15,280 raised so far. McIntosh is an attorney in private practice in Summerville. Previously, he served as Assistant Solicitor for Dorchester County.
McIntosh has served on the council since 2011. He said he ran for office because he believed the council needed “more reasoned voices who would put taxpayers first by controlling spending and the growth of town government.”
“I am pleased that we have been consistently able to run budget surpluses since I began serving on council,” McIntosh said. As a result, the town’s reserve fund balance has grown from $11.4 million to $20.7 million since I took office,” he added. “That said, if we are generating more revenue than we absolutely need, we need to return it to the taxpayers. Now that we have increased our reserve fund balance to a very healthy level, I will lead the charge to roll-back property tax millage in the town in upcoming budget votes this year and in a third term.”