Meet the County Council District 5 candidates

  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014

District 5 will have a two-man race for the Republican nomination June 10. District 5 is comprised of Crowfield, Goose Creek, College Park, and portions of Tall Pines. Councilman Dennis Fish is the incumbent.

Dennis Fish

Fish has served on Berkeley County Council since January 2003. He is a married father of two, and grandfather of five.

Why are you running?

I want to continue what weíve accomplished the last two years since the conservative faction of council has taken over. I want to continue the work we have started for the people of Berkeley County.

Are you interested in mending the split on council?

I would try to get the new members of council up to speed and aware on how weíre doing the things we are with the budget as opposed than just doing it.

I will work with anybody coming in as long as we mutually work in the best interest of the county and not put a districtís needs ahead of the countyís needs as a whole. We also need to leave the politics out of council and do whatís best for Berkeley County.

What would you like to tackle first if elected?

Iím disappointed that most of our council wasnít aware of the jail problem. I want to get the jail staffed with proper personnel so we can open the additional floors and separate the more violent inmates from those requiring less supervision. It would be safer for deputies and a more effective means of managing the inmates.

How will you handle growth in your district and the county?

There is a minimal area to grow in my district so as a result Iím able to focus most of my attention on the county. As far as the county goes, we need to continue to follow the comprehensive plan.

The MeadWestvaco park will be a gamechanger for Berkeley County. We need to continue with the One Cent Sales Tax to improve our roads. I donít like taxes but I think the penny sales tax is one we need to go with. The new one has a sunset clause just like this one so this tax is not indefinite.

How will you work with the City of Creek?

Iíve been supportive of Goose Creek all along. I was instrumental in increasing the size of the Goose Creek Recreational District. I have worked well the mayor, the city council and the rest of the city administration.

Bud Thames

Thames is a married father of two and a native of Goose Creek. Thames currently is a battalion chief with Mount Pleasant Fire Department. This is his first bid at public office.

Why are you running?

Iíve always wanted to give back to the community. On county council, there is controversy with infighting. I started going to some of the meetings and watching them on Youtube, and it seemed to me that the council members werenít voting on whatís important to the voters. It doesnít seem to me like weíre getting true representation.

Are you interested in mending the split on council?

You have to realize that if youíre holding a political chair, itís not about you. Itís about the citizens you represent. Thatís the key. If you vote on what your constituents want, you canít go wrong.

What would you like to tackle first if elected?

The impact fee schedule that they have now, itís very prohibitive. We really need to make it more attractive for businesses to want to come to Berkeley County.

How will you handle the growth in your district and the county?

In Goose Creek, there is really a lot of room for growth but it has to be managed. We donít have any real activities for kids and teenagers. Growth is going to happen whether we want it or not, but we have to be proactive to where it benefits us and our kids.

How will you work with the City of Goose Creek?

The city definitely has an agenda, and the city needs to come first if youíre a city leader. The only way to work together is that both entities need to bring their thoughts and plans to the table to come up with a compromise on whatís best for everyone. Communication and give and take are the only things that are going to bring those two together.

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