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Nov. 3, 2009



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Post and Courier endorses Wilson

Kathleen Wilson

Excerpted from a Nov. 1, 2009, editorial by The Post and Courier:

"Incumbent Kathleen Wilson, seeking her second term representing District 12, has delivered on promises to fight overdevelopment, address traffic woes and work for more and better recreational opportunities. While protective of her James Island district, she has a citywide focus.

"Mrs. Wilson, acting executive director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, has demonstrated her commitment to managing growth. She took a lead in stopping a Super Walmart that would have filled wetlands and cut grand trees on James Island. And she cast council's sole vote to oppose Angel Oak Village, a development that would abut the iconic Angel Oak on John's Island.

"Mrs. Wilson has shown her ability to negotiate prickly issues. She was instrumental in reducing, from 40 to four, the number of grand trees to be cut for intersection improvements at Folly and Camp roads.

"She supports proposed road improvements to ease traffic congestion on Harbor View Road. She wants the city to step up efforts to fix its drainage problems.

"She wisely called for more transparency in hiring a new fire chief in the wake of the tragic Sofa Super Store fire.

"A world-class marathon swimmer, Mrs. Wilson has been a firm advocate for her constituents. She deserves the opportunity to continue on council."

Excerpted from an Oct. 30, 2005, editorial by The Post and Courier:

"Since her running against Mr. George four years ago, Ms. Wilson, 42, has shown growth as a candidate....Her answers to our questions demonstrated impressive background knowledge on a number of issues that have been before council.

"A marathon swimmer, with the English Channel to her credit, she now serves as the chairman of the city's Recreation Commission...

"While she would work with City Hall and admires many of the mayor's accomplishments, she also emphasizes that she wouldn't be an administration rubber stamp. Indeed she cites points of disagreement, including her belief that the controversial Dill tract development was a mistake. Traffic, over development and drainage are among her primary concerns. She views herself as a consensus builder and says her approach would be one of "mutual respect." Her success in her chosen field, principal harpist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and her challenging avocation, attest to her focus and determination."

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