To be considered for the endorsement, candidates for open seats completed a written questionnaire and participated in an interview with Chamber PAC members. The process revealed candidates’ perspective on critical issues facing the City of North Charleston and the metro region including: housing attainability, infrastructure investment, regional planning, Lowcountry Rapid Transit and flooding.
In addition to alignment with the Chamber’s priorities, each candidate was endorsed based on their individual experience and vision.
District 1: Mike A. Brown
Michael “Mike” Brown is currently running for re-election in District 1 of the City of North Charleston. Mike is a small business owner and native of the Charleston area.
District 2: Rhonda Jerome
Rhonda Jerome is running to be re-elected as a Councilwoman for District 2, as well as running to become mayor of the city of North Charleston. She has received the Chamber’s PAC endorsement for her City Council race. Rhonda has represented District 2 on City Council for 19 years, and was a graduate of the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s “Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government” in 2005.
District 4: Samuel Bellamy
Samuel Bellamy is running to represent District 4 on the City of North Charleston Council. Samuel is an associate pastor at a local church, a program officer for Coastal Community Foundation and has served on the City of North Charleston Planning Commission.
District 7: Dan Gregory
Dan Gregory, a retired government affairs professional, is running for North Charleston City Council in District 7. Dan has experience working for the State Reorganization Commission, the S.C. Budget and Control Board and working as a state liaison with the U.S. Census Bureau. Dan is also a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
District 8: Greg Perry
Greg Perry is running to represent District 8 of the City of North Charleston. Greg is both a volunteer and a nonprofit founder in his community. Additionally, he has leadership experience in partisan politics at the state level.
District 9: Kenny Skipper
Kenny Skipper is currently running for re-election in District 9 of the City of North Charleston. Kenny serves on the CHATS committee for the BCDCOG and has a professional background in operations management. He is also a graduate of the Citadel and an Army veteran.
District 10: Michael Brown
Michael A. Brown is running for election in the City of North Charleston’s 10th district. Michael is a native of North Charleston, and spent 25 years as a technical planner before he began his involvement in civic engagement. He has experience as a neighborhood president, community volunteer, and organizer.
Mayor: Reggie Burgess
Reggie Burgess, native of North Charleston, is currently running for mayor. Reggie previously served as the City of North Charleston’s first African American Chief of Police. Reggie has a degree in criminal justice from Claflin University and has served his community in various advocacy efforts and faith-based organizations.
Candidates who are deemed qualified, display the necessary characteristics to serve on council, but may not align 100% with the Chamber on our key policy priorities.
District 10: Aaron Hicks
Aaron Hicks is running to represent the City of North Charleston’s 10th district. Aaron is the pastor of a local church and has experience as a community organizer and volunteer.
All of the candidates running in the City of North Charleston are passionate about serving the public. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee believes these eigth endorsed candidates will consistently make decisions that promote enhanced mobility, livability and a strong business climate.
About the Chamber PAC
The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (Chamber PAC) is an autonomous organization governed by an independent board of directors. Its mission is to evaluate and support candidates for local and state elected office who are aligned with the business community’s top priorities: mobility, livability and a strong business climate.
About the Charleston Metro Chamber
With approximately 1,700 member organizations representing 160,000 professionals, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce serves as the collective voice of the business community, and a catalyst for regional economic advancement and member success through Talent, Advocacy, Leadership and Business Development. Visit charlestonchamber.org.