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Cottageville Candidates Talk Promises, Growth

Four candidates are vying for two open seats on Cottageville Town Council.

Each candidate is addressing the town’s growth potential and ongoing projects, including the town’s pending library expansion, which has been nearly five years in the making. The town’s pending community civic center is also an issue that each of the four candidates are addressing, in addition to the town’s ability to be ready for natural disasters. Below, each of the candidates speak candidly about their campaign promises.

The candidates seeking a seat on Cottageville Town Council are: Howard R. Lockwood, Sr.; sitting councilman Chuck R. Hudson; Tina Peterson and Ted Underwood.
One of the town’s two council members who are up for re-election – Yvonne Alvarado – is not seeking re-election. She has instead thrown her support behind one of the candidates, Tina Peterson.

The town will hold its municipal election on November 7th. Voting polls will be open to registered voters from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cottageville operates on a strong mayor-council form of government. In this system, the town’s registered voters elect the mayor, along with council members. However, the town does not employ an administrator or manager. Rather, the elected leaders – mostly the mayor – are held accountable for the day-to-day operations and goals of the town.

Meet the candidates

Howard R. Lockwood, Sr.
Occupation: Retired state police officer
Political Experience: formerly sat on Cottageville Town Council
Platform Issues: Lockwood says the major reason he is running for office is to be a “stronger voice for my neighbors.”
“I can be of assistance to my neighbors,” he said. Lockwood says he also wants to be “address” the town’s need for water and sewer services. “I want us to have more services, all funded through grants, of course, and not by asking for money from residents,” he said.


Chuck R. Hudson
Occupation: fleet maintenance manager, Knights Companies
Political Experience: current member of Cottageville Town Council
Platform Issues: If re-elected, Hudson says he wants to continue upgrading the town’s readiness for emergencies. He also wants to focus on turning the town’s old elementary school gymnasium into a structure that the town’s residents can use, he said. “I want to focus on the town moving forward.” Hudson says he wants Cottageville to have elected leaders who “will not procrastinate” and who will “live up to the promises they are giving.”
Speaking on his own campaign pledges, Hudson says he wants the town’s incoming library to become a reality. He also wants the town be “ready” for the incoming development from both Walterboro and Summerville. Specifically, Hudson says he wants the town to have water and sewer expansion, especially along the town’s main street.
“I’m a guy who gets things done,” he said. “We work all day and then we come home, and we work for the town. We care and love the town and the people in the town. I want to see us move forward and I want to be a part of that.”

Tina Peterson
Occupation: teacher at Dorchester Academy, part-time realtor
Political Experience: member, Civil Air Patrol.
Platform Issues: If elected, Peterson said she wants to focus on improving the town’s library, expanding children’s activities within the town and helping to improve emergency services.
“I’m a teacher, a mother and my certifications are in the emergency genre,” she said. “Our move to Cottageville was much more than a move from Dorchester County to Colleton County,” she said. “We wanted a change in lifestyle, where we had the small-town feel, could be involved with the community with a local church. We wanted to give the kids some animals, where they could learn responsibility and put away the electronics … grow a garden and get back to the basics,” said Peterson. “We love the sense of community with our neighbors.”

Ted H. Underwood
Occupation: retired truck driver
Political Experience: none
Platform Issues: Underwood says he hasn’t yet chosen a specific platform for office. “I just want to make the town better,” he said. If elected, however, Underwood says he does plan to focus on the town’s emergency preparedness office, and in improving safety aspects of the town.


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