Former Mount Pleasant Town Council Member Gary Santos has filed to run as a candidate in the upcoming Mount Pleasant Town Council elections on Nov. 5. Santos, a Mount Pleasant native, was first elected to serve on town council in 1996 and was re-elected in 2000 and 2004.
Four years ago he made an unsuccessful bid for mayor, but has decided his strengths can be better utilized as a council member.
“I always enjoyed being on town council,” he said. “I would like to have an opportunity to run for mayor another time, but I feel I could be more effective to run as a council member due to my past success and I would like to continue that. I look back over my 13-year carer as a council member and I have seen a lot of success that I have had in various areas of government. This time with so many new council members on board and a new mayor, I feel like I can contribute a lot by helping these folks get more acclimated with their position on council. We need experience and I feel like I can help bring them along,” he said.
During his tenure on town council, Santos attended more than 900 meetings and served as chairman or member of most committees of council, including personnel, fire, bids and purchases, budget, economic development advisory board, public services, police, judicial and legal, recreation, planning, transportation and water supply. He also served on the Blue Ribbon Committee on Growth in 1999. As a member of Mount Pleasant Town Council, he helped commit $160 million in funding for capital projects in partnership with state and federal agencies. He was instrumental in the development of funding for more than $20 million in recreation capital projects and the implementation of over a dozen of new recreation programs.
While a member of town council, Santos secured the land under the Arthur Ravenel Bridge for the new Waterfront Memorial Park. Santos was named the 2005 Local Government Official of the Year for the State of South Carolina by the South Carolina Parks and Recreation Association, the 2005 Recreation Advocate of the Year by the Charleston Metro Sports Council and a 2011 Volunteer of the Year by the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department.
Santos has a degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Leadership Development from Trident Technical College. He is a graduate and former Graduate Assistant of multiple Dale Carnegie Courses. Santos is also a board member and vice president of the Charleston Port & Seafarers Society, an ecumenical society that works with churches, businesses and citizens to assist local and international seafarers who “go down to the sea in ships.”
He is general manager and a representative of South Carolina for Inchsccape Shipping Services.
Santos thinks that his veteran leadership and experience on town council will benefit the newly elected mayor and council members. “My ability to work closely with my colleagues and town staff will assist the newly-elected officials to get acclimated quickly with their new responsibilities,” Santos said.
“We have a lot of issues that will need our immediate attention including, but not limited to, working with the CCSD (Charleston County School District) on our overcrowded schools, improvement to our transportation infrastructure, zoning and growth related issues, a citizen-oriented committee to review the Coleman Boulevard Revitalization Plan and the health and recreational needs of our seniors, adults and children,” Santos said.
Santos, a 35 year coach with the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department, has also worked with our state officials on expanding or eliminating the statute of limitations for elected officials, both local and state, in order to hold elected officials more accountable to the citizens. Santos, a life-long member of Christ our King Catholic Church, is a parent of two children, Christopher, 25 who attended the Citadel and Taylor 20, who is a junior at Clemson.
Contact Santos at 843-514-2453 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook at Santos for Town Council.