Thursday, September 5, 2013
Mark Smith, longtime resident of Mount Pleasant, has entered the race for Mount Pleasant Town Council.
He serves on the Charleston County Republican Party board.
Smith has been involved in area Republican politics as the president of the East Cooper Republican Club, saying that the club’s attendance has increased by more than 300 percent during his tenure as president.
“This is an exciting time for all of us here in Mount Pleasant. Our community is growing, and it is critical that we have strong leadership to maximize these opportunities, but also meet the challenges that come with growing communities,” Smith said. “Ensuring that every family enjoys the best that Mount Pleasant has to offer is my highest priority, and I do not want to sit on the sidelines during this important time for Mount Pleasant. I look forward to talking directly to my Mount Pleasant neighbors in the coming weeks about the issues important to our community’s future, and asking them person-to-person for their vote this November.”
“I am running for town council because I love Mount Pleasant,” he said. “It is our home, and has been a wonderful place for Elayne and me to raise our three boys, as well as serving other local families through our business here. Mount Pleasant is growing by leaps and bounds, which is a blessing, but also presents us with real challenges - from overcrowding in our schools to traffic congestion. I want to help our community during this important phase of growth, allowing Mount Pleasant to reach its full potential, while preserving the qualities that drew my family.”
Smith is the co-owner and operator of McAlister-Smith Funeral Homes and Palmetto Cremation Society, located across the Lowcountry. An area small business owner, Smith is active in the community as the past president of the Rotary Club of Charleston, immediate past chairman of the board of the Lowcountry Food Bank, the past chairman of the Harbour Club executive board and was appointed by South Carolina Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell to serve on the South Carolina Advisory Council on Aging.
“As a small businessman myself, I understand firsthand the challenges facing companies that want to grow,” Smith says. “I know the impact taxes and unnecessary regulations can have on a small business. That is why I am committed to working to make Mount Pleasant’s economic environment positive and uncomplicated, working with small businesses, rather than against them.”
Born and raised in Bamberg, Smith is a graduate of the Andrew Jackson Academy and the Fayetteville Technical Community College. Smith is the father of three boys (Parker, Avery and Domenic) and is married to Elayne Smith. Smith and his family worship at Seacoast Church.
“My family and my faith have greatly shaped me into the man I am today,”he says. “Through both I have learned the importance of being honest and accountable, as well as the great responsibility of making decisions that affect the lives of others.”