Thursday, April 3, 2014
Michael Heitzler, 66, is seeking re-election for mayor. He has been the mayor since 1978. He was elected to city council in 1976.
He moved to Goose Creek 45 years ago when he was 21.
For the first time in 16 years, he has a challenger, Councilman Jerry Tekac.
Why are you a better candidate?
“I have a 36-year track record. My opponent has not had a single day as mayor. As I’ve walked door-to-door the people in Goose Creek are happy. I’ve never seen people more happy.
“Probably 90 percent of the rooftops in Goose Creek have gone up under my tenure. There is room for improvement.
“We still have things we’ve got to do. We’re not perfect. We have to build fire stations. When we get done with the two we’re going to build now, we need to build two more.
“We’re not going to raise property taxes.
“We’ve created an infrastructure and made a business incubator. We’re just waiting for the businesses to arrive ... those things are going to happen because the infrastructure is in place.
“There’s going to be downtown-type businesses, professional office buildings, stores, restaurants, things the people of Goose Creek deserve.
“The next four years will probably be the banner years for the City of Goose Creek. People consider it a privilege to live in Goose Creek. That’s an exciting future for us.”
How do you think the campaign has been going?
“I think it’s been wonderful. I had an opportunity going door-to-door to reacquaint with old friends and make new friends. I’ve never seen the people of Goose Creek more positive.
“If I go to 100 doors, one might not be positive. They’ve been pleased with the team approach. City council working together. I’m just real excited about the town that has developed.”
What are your plans if re-elected?
We have a strategic plan that city council unanimously agrees upon. There are 12 goals for this year, goals for next five years, goals for next 20 years. It’s on the website.
“I take that plan off the shelf and carry it with me every two weeks to town meetings (broken down by subdivision). (Residents can) rate those goals every two weeks.
“We may be the only organization in the world that doesn’t have a strategic plan sitting on the shelf collecting dust. It’s a working plan.”
Anything you’d like to add?
“I’ve used my entire adult life in service to Goose Creek.
“I was a school teacher at the age of 21. At 23, I became assistant principal at Goose Creek High School. I was principal at Westview School. It was K–8th grade ... I retired eight years ago.”