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Serious Questions We Should Consider Real Hard!
Published:
10/15/2015 5:57:40 PM


William Dudley Gregorie
 
By William Dudley Gregorie 


For several months I have told you that I am standing on a “historic threshold” in my third attempt to become the next mayor of the City of Charleston. As we get closer to the Nov. 3 election, the time has come for me to tell you what that means and what it means for you.

Simply put, it means that I will become the first African-American to lead this historic city that we call home. Our ancestors, those who enslaved and those who were free, have paid an enormous price to build this city that we now enjoy, a city that has become a Mecca for tourists from around the world.

As you witness Charleston’s growing tourism industry ask yourself how much of it benefits our community, and I mean the black community, in positive economic ways. Are we getting our fair share of the tourism dollars, just wages and not business opportunities?

Look around the city and particularly the peninsula and you will see new construction. But how much of it is designed to keep us, and I mean black folks, in the city of Charleston? If you own property in this city, and I mean if you are black and you own property in this city, then you are fortunate. But are you concerned that rising values will price you out of your home, a home that has been in your family for generations. Do you rent a house or an apartment or retail space? Are you concerned that rising rents will force you to move?

Do your children attend a public school in the city? Is the neighborhood around you changing? All of this will eventually alter the character of your school and it could lead to a loss of you having a say as to how your children are educated.

Evidence of the negative economic and social impact on the black community in Charleston is all around us like a mosquito on a muggy summer night. And if you are getting tired of being bitten by it then I need your vote.

Let me tell you that we are on the threshold of an era of amazing possibilities in Charleston. How many black businesses have been created in this city? How many new homes have been built with low-income homebuyers and tenants in mind? How many classrooms are staffed with teachers who are culturally competent to educate our children and sensitive to their needs?

If you answer no to one or more of these questions then you should vote for me. All of these issues and more are high on my agenda for my hometown. You won’t be able to find another candidate who is prepared to address these and other issues. I am not a yesterday city employee or a yesterday councilman or a snake oil salesman making promises to get your precious vote.

As an incumbent member of the Charleston City Council with a tested and proven track record, I will be ready from day one to tackle all of these and other issues to create One Charleston, a city that works for everyone, including you!
 

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