By Stefanie Bainum
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – He calls himself a blue-collar guy who likes to make things look better.
"I used my hands, you can see the scars I have on them, I worked with my hands until I became Mayor and I loved it because there's nothing better than taking something that looks bad and make it look better," Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston says.
Making things look better is exactly what the Mayor did for his bustling industrial city
"If I could change it so my family thought it was a great place to live then I would be changing it for other people as well and that's why I decided to run for Mayor in the first place," Mayor Summey said.
Quick with a jovial laugh and big smile, Mayor Keith Summey maintains a constant and larger than life presence that can be felt on every street, every new business, and everyone he meets
"I don't know strangers. I've never met too many I don't know," Summey says. "I just think it's important that we treat people how we want to be treated."
Summey says he cherishes his city and his favorite spots around are Park Circle, Riverfront Park, and the old community building. His favorite event of the year is the North Charleston Christmas parade.
Mayor Summey has served as Mayor or North Charleston for 18 years. When asked if he was slowing down anytime soon, Summey says he feels better than he has in the last 5 years.
"While I had thoughts of maybe retiring after this term, nah, I'm coming back for more."
And more is exactly what the Mayor has in store for North Charleston, as he only has his sights on the horizon.
"I think if you were to look for a place that says this is Americana it would be North Charleston; it is what this nation was created to be, a nation of the people."