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Goose Creek voters hear from mayoral candidates

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GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- It was standing room only at Thursday evening's forum that brought more than 100 Goose Creek residents to hear from the two men who want to lead the city: current Mayor Michael Heitzler and city councilman Jerry Tekac. 

Former Dorchester County Sheriff Ray Nash moderated the forum.

"The management of the development of business in this city is very disappointing," said a concerned resident.

Other concerns like handling growth, taxes, and paying for increased fire department service were also addressed.

"I think I gave myself an A on that, too.  I don't think there's another leader in South Carolina that is that conscientious about planning aggressively and carefully for the future," said Mayor Heitzler.

"If we don't sell our city as a great place to come and work, they're going to pass us by.  It's very simple," said Jerry Tekac.

Following a robust discussion, residents offered their opinions about the candidates.

"He really knows Goose Creek.  And he do have an idea of what we need to keep strong here in the infrastructure," said Claire Jefferson, a supporter of Mayor Heitzler.

"We had such a large crowd today because Mayor Heitzler has been here for a long time.  Long doesn't always mean good.  But it doesn't mean bad either," said Gary Zimmer, a supporter of Jerry Tekac.

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