Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The election turnout numbers were historic, Goose Creek City Councilmember Kimo Esarey noted after being re-elected.
“I think the fact that the mayor was challenged for the first time in 16 years brought out a lot of people in support for the mayor l... that was pretty obvious on the two-to-one win,” Esarey said. “I learned a lot from not only the turnout but from my travels in the community.
“Everybody seems pretty happy with what’s going on. The people I talked to couldn’t come up with much they’re not happy with.
“They wanted a new restaurant. We’ve been addressing that for years. That’s a business decision on restaurants. That’s going to take some time.”
Esarey, Mayor Michael Heitzler, and council candidates Mark Phillips and Debra Green-Fletcher campaigned together.
“The election itself was run very well,” Esarey said. “Our team concept we worked with, that the mayor proposed, was really strong and it worked really well.
“I think the people spoke and told us what they like. What’s happening right now, what we’ve been doing for years is what they want.
Esarey said he would like to know more about those residents who voted.
“It would be interesting to know the different dynamics of the voters. The age differences and such,” he said. “For me, there were some obvious dynamics in the people who came in the beginning and in the people who came after work.
“Those who cared really came out to vote.
“I thought the election was great. I haven’t worked that hard in years. It was important to get out and meet the people and hear what they had to say.
“We were out there every afternoon, knocking on doors, meeting the voters directly. I think they like that direct connection. We sat and talked for 20 minutes. That was invaluable.”
He said it was hard but important work.
“Even the younger crowd we talked to in Goose Creek were happy. We’re a great place to live and a great place to work. You can raise your family here, recreation. It’s just a wonderful place to be. The veteran councilman said the city is still a work in progress.
“There’s a lot of things that will come up as we move forward,” he said. “As we do our strategic planning, we’ll look at opportunities to make the city a better place.”