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Candidates sound off before Moncks Corner mayoral election

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) -

Michael Lockliear and Tonia Aiken Taylor are finishing up their campaigning before Tuesday's election for Moncks Corner Mayor.

The two are facing off to replace Bill Peagler after he left to be the Berkeley County Supervisor.

Aiken Taylor says she doesn't like to focus on race or gender but if she wins, she'll become the town's first African-American female mayor.

"That is very important because it'll give me an opportunity, as they would say, to reach across the aisles,” Aiken Taylor said. “I get along with everybody."

"I've always wanted to be the mayor of Moncks Corner,” Lockliear, the current Mayor Pro-tem said.

Lockliear says his 12 years on council show he has the right experience for the job.

"I know what's going on,” Lockliear said. “Under my administration, it's open door, open book. Anything you need to know or want to know. It's there, come find out. I'll be glad to meet with you at any given time."

Both Lockliear and Aiken Taylor agree that infrastructure and growth are the big issues for the city.

"If they've got to go take their car to a car repair place every other week then that's going to be a deterrent for the development that we'd like to see here in this beautiful growing town," Aiken Taylor said.

"It is infrastructure and parking issues,” Lockliear said. “We're currently working on two parking lots on Main Street. The park is fixing to come online in September. We'll have parking over there, too."

Tuesday the polls will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM. No matter who wins, a position on council will open up to fill their place. That special election has been set for June 30.

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