North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey has earned an endorsement in his re-election campaign from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Political Action Committee (PAC).
"Since first being elected as mayor of North Charleston in 1994, Mayor Summey has lead the City of North Charleston in a positive and prosperous direction," a release from the committee said. "Mayor Summey’s No. 1 priority has been to improve the quality of life of the citizens of North Charleston and he has accomplished this by fostering a business-friendly environment that provides a vibrant community for North Charleston citizens."
Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Bryan Derreberry agreed.
“Mayor Summey maintains an open door to the business community and has consistently had a positive working relationship with the chamber and is in alignment with many of the chamber’s views and top priorities,” he said. “He has also promoted regional infrastructure improvements and is always willing to work with other leaders on state and local levels on issues that affect the entire region.”
Under Summey's leadership, North Charleston has become the city with the largest gross retail sales of any local government in South Carolina -- more than $7 billion annually.
“Mayor Summey has not only focused on economic development and job creation, he has helped revitalize neighborhoods throughout the community, developed new parks and recreation opportunities and helped to ensure the safety of citizens,” David Hand, the chamber's PAC chair, said. “The city’s crime rate has declined dramatically and fire and other public services have expanded during his time in office.”
For more information about the chamber's PAC, log on to www.charlestonchamber.net/pac.