When the downtown and Cainhoy-area residents of Charleston’s City Council District 1 head to the polls for Tuesday’s special election, they will elect a third newcomer to Charleston City Council at a critical time. Jen Gibson is the best candidate in the race.
Gibson is no stranger to engaged Charleston residents. She is active in community causes, including party politics, but she’s no caustic partisan. A Lowcountry native and longtime Charlestonian, she knows the issues partially because she lives in one of the fastest-growing parts of the metro area.
“I have a proven track record of working with elected officials and residents of District 1 to advocate for our fair share of resources,” she said in her response to a City Paper candidate questionnaire. “I have the advocacy skills and personal connections to protect our interests while doing what is best for our city.”
Former Councilwoman Marie Delcioppo announced her resignation from council two weeks before the November election in which two council incumbents were unseated by challengers who take office next week. District 1’s newcomer would join a council comprised of 10 men and one woman. Not only is Gibson the best candidate for this race, she’s the only woman on the ballot.
Currently, District 1 is split between downtown’s Ansonborough neighborhood and parts of southern Berkeley County — Daniel Island and parts of the Cainhoy peninsula along Clements Ferry Road where Gibson resides. Redistricting in the coming year could consolidate the district into Berkeley County. The seat will be up for grabs again in November 2023, the end of Delcioppo’s original term.
District 1 voters would be well-served with Gibson on Charleston City Council.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 11. For more information, visit scvotes.org.