[image-1] Daniel Island resident Shawn Pinkston is running for a seat in Charleston City Council, according to a press release sent by his campaign Monday morning.
Pinkston, a medical malpractice attorney whose office is located in Mt. Pleasant, named infrastructure, traffic, and flooding as his top priorities.
He identified three projects that, if elected, he would immediately focus on: Replacing the bridges on Daniel Island Drive, repaving the road, and building a bike and pedestrian walkway; building a public boat ramp on the Wando River; and upgrading traffic and security cameras at the intersections of Seven Farms Drive and Daniel Island Drive and Island Park Drive and Seven Farms Drive.
“Over the coming months, I plan to attend neighborhood meetings, meet with business owners, and knock on doors to directly seek input from residents,” Pinkston said in a statement.
Pinkston is a graduate of Berea College, a Christian school in Kentucky. He got his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. According to his law firm website, he was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and honorably discharged in 2008. He has two children and lives on Daniel Island.
In 2017, he ran unsuccessfully for a state House seat representing District 99, which covers Daniel Island along with parts of Mt. Pleasant and Hanahan. The seat was previously held by Jim Merrill, who resigned amidst a Statehouse corruption probe. He lost the Republican primary that November, capturing slightly over 14 percent of the vote.
Nancy Mace won the seat in January 2018, and again that November.
Pinkston also ran for City Council in 2015. He lost in a run-off to current District 1 Councilman Gary White by 73 points. The district includes a portion of the eastern edge of the peninsula and downtown Daniel Island.
Residents of the City of Charleston will head to the polls on Nov. 5. Mayor John Tecklenburg is running for re-election, and six of the 12 seats on council are also up. Charleston City Council and mayoral elections are non-partisan.