Staff Report for The Island Eye News
Constituent School Board Member Joe Bowers is mounting a challenger campaign in the June 12 Republican Primary for Charleston County Council District 2. No other party fielded a candidate during the March filing period for the seat, which represents Awendaw, Isle of Palms, McClellanville, Sullivan’s Island, with portions of Mount Pleasant and Historic Downtown Charleston.
In his election to the Constituent District No. 1 School Board in 2014, Bowers was the top vote-getter of four board seats. No stranger to the political scene, Bowers has served as the Secretary of South Carolina’s First Congressional District Republican Party, Treasurer of the East Cooper Republican Club, Administrator of the Carolina Republican Coalition, and Executive Committeeman of the Awendaw Precinct for the Charleston County Republican Party.
During his term on the school board, Bowers has served as a liaison to Wando High School and on the Charleston County School’s Strategic Planning Committee.
“I am running for County Council because our area has been underserved by the incumbent,” said Bowers. “My experience as a public servant, Republican leader, and conservative activist position me best to get results for and improve the quality of life of our neighbors. My focus is clear – improve communication between council and constituents, improve traffic conditions, and improve public services, while also ensuring fiscal responsibility and common-sense and managed growth are achieved.”
Having served on the committees of the Awendaw Blue Crab Festival, W.H. Alston Library, Town Hall Building Taskforce, Charleston County School District Strategic Planning Committee and Bulls Bay Nature Festival – Bowers is also a member of the Charleston Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and serves on the Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. A parishioner at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Downtown Charleston, Bowers stresses the importance of having a councilman with his fingers on the pulse of the community.
“My history and passion for Charleston County run deep,” said Bowers. “I want to give Charleston County residents a councilman who is visible and regularly communicates with constituents and local officials because communication is the key to having an effective and efficient government. With our county growing rapidly and having significant infrastructure and public service needs, it is critical to have someone representing us with his fingers on the pulse of our county’s needs.”
A native of the East Cooper area, Bowers is a graduate of The Citadel after attending Whitesides Elementary, Laing Middle, and Bishop England High School. He works as the Director of Programs for the Public Charter School Alliance, where he provides logistical support, oversees member service, and coordinates resources needed to strengthen high-quality public charter schools across the state.