Thursday, April 3, 2014
Gerald Stinson, 47, is seeking his first term on city council. He has lived in Goose Creek since 1997 and has served on the Goose Creek Zoning Board of Appeals for about a year.
“I just want to be there and do the right thing for the people, and be a voice for the people, manage our growth,” Stinson said. “We need to grow, bring in more revenue.
“We need to make sure we maintain enough revenue. We had to go in debt $7.5 million for the fire stations. What about the police side? Public safety is number one.
“We have to aid the growth, manage growth and bring in more small business.
“What we need to do as a city is reach out to all the stakeholders. We need to go beyond economic development team. I went around talking to some businesses saying they never see the mayor. They don’t see city council.
“We need to talk to people to see what can we do. Do we need to do something different?
“We need to have dialogue with people. Council doesn’t know everything. I want to get out there and talk to people to see what we’re doing. We don’t have all the answers.
“The first thing we need to do is get everybody involved, get all the input from key stakeholders.”
Stinson has lived in the Charleston area since 1985. He was born in South Carolina.
“I moved here from the big city of Chester, where I was born and raised.”
Stinson served in the U.S. Air Force and then went into the reserves.
“I was enlisted for 13 years. I went over to the medical side. I evacuated patients from Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was deployed several times to Germany and to the States where I sent them back to their bases.
“I retired from the reserves in 2006 and I retired from Santee Cooper in 2012. I’m active in my church. I don’t have any paying jobs.”
Stinson is a deacon at Trueway Missionary Baptist Church in Summerville.
“I’m married to my wife Terry. We’ve been married for 21 years and we have a 17-year-old son Antonio. He goes to Stratford.
“I graduated from Charleston Southern University with a BS and MBA. I graduated for the first time in 1990.
“I just want to do what’s right for people. I have no agendas, I have no preset motive. I just want people to do what’s right. That’s just Gerald. I’m not a politician. It’s not about me. I just want to help others.
“I just ask for people if they believe in me, then vote.
“We need to grow but we don’t want to be a North Charleston or Summerville. We’re not designed for that. We don’t want to be like that. We can offer more for our citizens. I know we can do that. We just need to be out there and talk to the people and do what’s right for the people. If you can’t serve the public that’s not public service, that’s self service.
“I have all these ideas for things we can do aside from meeting on Tuesdays. There’s ways we can get involved in the community.”