Heitzler and Tekac face off in mayoral race

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler will face Goose Creek City Councilman Jerry Tekac in this year’s mayoral race.

The election — the first contested race for mayor since the 1990s — takes place Tuesday, April 8, at the Goose Creek Municipal Court in the Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center.

Heitzler and Tekac have not always agreed on city issues that arise at council meetings.

Some major issues have come to vote before council since they were last elected to their positions.

On June 6, 2013, there was a special meeting to vote on a citywide 2-percent hospitality tax. The motion passed its second and final reading at the Oct. 8 meeting. Tekac was the only councilmember in both sessions to vote against the tax on prepared food and beverage.

On Jan. 8, 2013, Heitzler voted against the citywide smoking ban while Tekac voted in favor of the ban. The ban ultimately passed with a 4-3 majority.

At the Oct. 9, 2012, council meeting, councilmembers were split down the middle on a vote to add a 25-year deed restriction to the Crowfield Golf and Country Club. Tekac voted against the motion, and Heitzler voted in favor to break the tie, helping to pass the motion.

A deed restriction guarantees that the land cannot be subdivided or sold, and possibly be developed into apartments or other housing, which would likely devalue current homes near the course.

At the next meeting on Nov. 13, 2012, Councilman Franklin Moore made a motion to amend the deed restriction to say that the public could vote on a referendum if they want the deed restriction removed in the next 25 years. Tekac voted against this amendment while all others voted in favor of it.

Heitzler and Tekac and the rest of council have generally agreed and voted unanimously on how to build the two new fire stations within the city limits.

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