The Lowcountry Livability Political Action Committee (LLPAC) (http://livabilitypac.org) today announced its endorsement of Joe Boykin for Charleston County Council. Mr. Boykin is running against incumbent Anna Johnson for the district 8 county council seat. This seat covers parts of West Ashley, James and Johns Island, all of Wadmalaw, Edisto, Ravenel, Hollywood, Meggett, and the unincorporated area of the county extending roughly from Bees Ferry Road to the Edisto River.
“Charleston County today is facing the greatest challenges in its history—explosive population growth, increased flooding and the threat of catastrophic damage from major storms, overwhelming tourism volumes and a growing shortage of affordable housing, to name a few. Joe Boykin is committed to action on these fronts,” said Elizabeth Hagood, LLPAC steering committee member.
The LLPAC based its decision on Mr. Boykin’s responses to our candidate survey, his in-person interview with the LLPAC, other publicly available interviews, and his diligence in learning about the issues facing the county. The LLPAC concludes that Mr. Boykin has a thorough knowledge of Charleston County’s challenges in key areas of transportation, flooding, development, tourism, housing and other areas with important livability implications.
Mr. Boykin is a South Carolinian by birth and a 30-year resident of Charleston County. His service in law enforcement provides a solid foundation to understand the character of the rural communities he seeks to represent. He is committed to better planning and growth management, action to relieve traffic congestion, and fiscal responsibility.
LLPAC’s mission is to ensure that our community’s most important livability concerns become the top priority for local elected officials. We support transportation investments that include provisions for pedestrians, bikes, and mass transit and that provide safe, efficient access to and from places where people live, work, and play. We believe local governments should take immediate action to prevent development in flood prone areas and in places that will exacerbate flooding of adjacent properties and roads.
We promote affordable housing and better planning and development controls to maintain the character, quality of life and environment of Charleston region. We believe that tourism should not occur at the expense of existing residents.
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