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Who’s on the ballot in the Goose Creek mayoral race?

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCBD) – The mayor of Goose Creek is contested for his seat in the Nov. 8 general election. Mike Delaney hopes to overthrow incumbent Greg Habib.

Delaney is a retired Navy commander and said he was running for mayor because he just didn’t like the growth of the city.

“I’d like to take the director of Goose Creek and make it as suburban as we are today, as opposed to urban as it’s pushed,” he said.

He is also concerned about crime. “When I look at the statistics from the Goose Creek council meeting in October, I see there’s a 13% increase in the crime rate,” he said.

But incumbent Mayor Greg Habib said criminal activity was down 15% across all areas in Goose Creek, based on FBI Uniform Statistics. He said they have more proactive police departments, which means they have more officers looking for and finding criminals.

Another concern for Delaney is traffic.

“We’re a dorm community,” Delaney said. “There’s a lot of traffic going through here, both Moncks Corner and North Charleston. It’s something we have to sort out. »

Mayor Habib said he had achieved a lot in his four years in office. “We ran on the need for economic growth so that we could pay for those things that provide the high level of service to citizens,” he said.

And he said that’s exactly what he did.

“We’ve added 18 restaurants to the town of Goose Creek, over 50 businesses to town since I became mayor. Our budget has increased to meet the growing needs of our city,” he explained.

Habib said they have also beefed up public security.

“Over the past four years, we have added 12 sworn officers to our police service. Including next year, this number will be 15 with a battalion commander; fire department, we added a full-time training officer to our fire department.

He wants this work to continue.

“Four more years, we need to keep doing what we’re doing so that we can continue to provide the highest level of service to our citizens, and we can make this the safest community possible,” he said.

Statewide early voting runs through Nov. 5e. Election day will be November 8e. News 2 will provide real-time election results on our website, counton2.com, from Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.