Four in the running for North Charleston mayor

VIDEO: Four in race for North Charleston mayor

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Three candidates are attempting to unseat North Charleston's mayor on Tuesday.

Chris Collins, a member of the Charleston County School Board. John Singletary Jr., a Citadel graduate, and businessman Clifford Smith are all running against incumbent Keith Summey.

Summey has served as mayor of North Charleston since 1994. If re-elected, he would begin his sixth term in office. Summey's Facebook page states he "has led North Charleston to achieve a new sense of pride never seen in his City."

"Becoming the retail sales leader in the State, improving municipal services and defining a vision for the City have hallmarked his tenure," the site states. It also calls "upgrading the quality of life of the citizens of North Charleston" Summey's "top goal."

Collins was elected to the Charleston County School Board in 2008 and his current term expires in 2016. He is also pastor of the Healing Ministries Baptist Church Center in North Charleston.

In a recent campaign video, Collins said he wants the people of North Charleston to "reclaim their city" by creating a government that is responsive to the people rather than having people responsive to government.

"I want our people to have a voice at the table on everything," Collins said.

Singletary said on his campaign website he wants to be mayor "because quality leadership in North Charleston is lacking." His website states the North Charleston administration is "insensitive" and displays clear injustices towards the majority of its citizens."

Singletary's website lists "parity in jobs, contracts, community resources, education, taxes, crime and justice" as priorities.

"I have an array of diverse business experiences that will allow immediate contribution to improving the city of North Charleston," he said on his site.

Smith is president of the North Charleston branch of the Energy Construction Environmental Corporation, a full service design-build, environmental management and energy firm, his website states.

"It all starts with neighborhoods," Smith said on his site. "We will work together to restore North Charleston neighborhoods and ensure that all neighborhoods are represented, preserved, and developed."

Smith's site states one of his "first actions as mayor will be to implement a viable neighborhood policing program with a well-trained and modern police force that will inspire and expand confidence of North Charleston residents in City government."

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