Goose Creek to elect mayor, three city council seats Tuesday

Current mayor Michael Heitzler (Source: cityofgoosecreek.com)
Current mayor Michael Heitzler (Source: cityofgoosecreek.com)
Mayoran candidate Gregory Habib (Source: cityofgoosecreek.com)
Mayoran candidate Gregory Habib (Source: cityofgoosecreek.com)

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Signs around the City of Goose Creek tell the story: Tuesday is Election Day.

Goose Creek residents will have the chance to vote for a mayor and three city council seats.

"I hope everybody in Goose Creek wakes up in a grand mood and has the energy and desire to come to Goose Creek City Hall and vote," Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler said.

Heitzler has been the mayor of Goose Creek for the last forty years.

He thinks experience makes him qualified to continue serving as the town's mayor.

"Nobody knows more about Goose Creek," Heitzler said. "Nobody has the passion and the love for Goose Creek as I have. Nobody knows the past, present and future. Nobody has the time and determination that I have."

Heitzler said he wants to increase economic development for the city, but he wants to do so selectively.

"I'm not in a hurry to have more, more, more, more, more," Heitzler said. "I'm in a hurry to have the best, the best and better."

Greg Habib, the other mayoral candidate, says the current mayor doesn't recognize the need for economic growth.

"We need commercial development, retail development and light industrial development to happen in our city," Habib said.

Habib said people should vote for him because it's a change from the leadership Goose Creek has had for decades.

"In order for us to continue to meet the needs of our city, we have to change how we operate," Habib said. "We need commercial growth."

Both candidates say Goose Creek has reputably low voter turnout.

They're hoping to see some improvement during tomorrow's election.

"I really want to see a high voter turnout so that all of Goose Creek is represented as we make these decisions moving forward," Habib said.

The polling place for the election will be at the Goose Creek Municipal Court which is next to City Hall on Goose Creek Boulevard.

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m.

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