Mt. Pleasant mayor confident after shakeup on town council

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant's mayor said Wednesday she's confident she can work with the town's four new council members, two who were supported by a slow growth movement.

Will Haynie and Jim Owens defeated incumbent Chris O'Neal in Tuesday's run off election.

"Absolutely fair to say I was supporting Chris O'Neal and I continue to support him. I supported him before the runoff and I supported him through the runoff," Mayor Linda Page said.

Haynie and Owens were backed by Save Shem Creek.

The organization has gone on record as opposing an office building and parking garage on Shem Creek.

Save Shem Creek also is concerned about more development in town, especially along Coleman and Johnnie Dodds boulevards.

I asked Page if voters sent a message about growth by electing Haynie and Owens.

"I think it's a regional issue. I don't think Mt. Pleasant has certainly heard the voice of the people that they want to control to protect the quality of life," Page said.

The mayor says at one time growth was over 13% in the town and is now below 4%.

"I encourage some growth. I have always been a pro growth mayor."

Page says she will refuse to be a no growth mayor.

She says business growth is needed to prevent raising taxes for residents.

Page says she's looking forward to working with the new council members regardless of their opinions.

"More people need to have a voice at the table. So if it takes a no growth approach and a growth approach to sit at the table to make consensus, I'm all for that." Page said.

The two other new council members are former councilman Joe Bustos and Bob Brimmer.

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