VOTING: Voters in Charleston County’s District 1 will be heading to the polls on Tuesday to pick their new councilman. The special election is between Democrat Richard Hricik and Republican Herbert Sass. The seat became open when County Councilman Joe McKeown left to work in Congressman Tim Scott’s office.
REDISTRICTING: Lots of meetings at Charleston City Hall this week, including a census workshop at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The possibilities look bad for several council members who are at risk because of population shifts in the latest census, particularly in minority districts on the peninsula. The council has to work quickly on a plan that will win U.S. Justice Department approval or risk delaying November elections.
DEMOCRATS: Candidate vying to lead the South Carolina Democratic Party will be stopping by the Lowcountry on Wednesday for a reception. Dick Harpootlian, Lee Walter Jenkins, Phil Noble are vying for the top spots. Selection will be at the party convention this weekend in Columbia. The reception begins at 6 p.m. at North Charleston City Hall, with brief presentations from the candidates at 6:30 p.m.
BUSINESS: A new Lowcountry economic development effort, Opportunity Next, launches this Friday. Speakers at the event include state Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt. The steering committee and advisory board members are a who’s who of Charleston’s business sector. The event begins at 10:45 a.m. at Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Avenue.