Election Day is November 7th, 2023
Transparency, efficiency, and innovation are values that I hold close. I am confident that together, we can bring positive change to North Charleston.
The #1 job of any city is public safety. If elected, my goal over the next four years is for North Charleston to adopt a direction to make the list of America’s Safest Cities. I will work to provide our Police and Fire the equipment and personnel they need. I will vote to OVERfund the police–a response to the “Defund the Police” movement. This funding will ensure that our public safety officials (including School Resources Officers) have the best training possible. That training includes developmental courses in communication and conflict resolution. Our high crime rate is leaving our police department understaffed and overburdened. I will vote to fund technology and analytical tools to begin restoring public trust and transparency.
Charleston/North Charleston, the 72nd largest metropolitan city in the United States, is uniquely busy. Our growing population, active ports, thriving businesses, and a lack of infrastructure have created the perfect traffic storm. The Lowcountry Rapid Transit (LCRT) will alleviate a little of that congestion in the long term. In the short term, I’d like to conduct a study combining the data we currently have (school bus routes, data from the state, and data from Google API) to determine the best path forward. My experience using Google API for Mobile App Development tells me we can evaluate our trouble areas and report that information to the Department of Transportation. I will work with the new Mayor to build a better relationship with the State of South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Transportation to ensure that we have real solutions coming to North Charleston. I will also build relationships with our state’s leading educators in Public Administration to provide additional insight into this growing problem. By combining our expertise and resources, we can tackle this problem together. I am not promising an overnight solution, but I assure you that we can make progress with your vote and trust. We can make our city’s roads less congested, more efficient, and safer for everyone.
A Family-Friendly City
Great cities are made great by two things: Safe Communities and Great Schools. In addition to joining the list of America’s Safest Cities, I want to join the list of Best Places to Raise a Family and the Most Family-Friendly Cities. North Charleston will be a City of Excellence, which means protecting our kids, guiding them appropriately, and guarding them from being used as a social experiment. I’ll commit to working with community parents, our school board, and the school district leaders to make sure our kids have the very best in a healthy, wholesome, and nurturing community.
Unleashing the Power of the Arts
North Charleston stands to gain significantly from fostering the arts. According to a study by the National Endowment for the Arts, arts and cultural strategies have the potential to deepen community engagement, improve street safety, provide tourism and new jobs, and even combat social isolation.
With my experience and passion for the arts, I’m bringing a fresh perspective on how the arts can benefit our community. As part of the North Charleston City Council, I plan to advocate for increased funding for local arts programs and initiatives. I believe that by supporting artists and arts organizations, we can enhance the city’s cultural vitality, boost its economy, and improve the quality of life for all residents.
The arts are not a luxury but a necessity for the growth and progress of North Charleston. Together, we have the opportunity to harness the power of the arts to build a brighter, more vibrant future for our city.
Championing Youth Recreation
Youth sports are not just games. They play a critical role in shaping our city’s future leaders by teaching them teamwork, discipline, and resilience. Research indicates that children who participate in sports are less likely to engage in risky behaviors and more likely to excel academically .
Moreover, youth sports can contribute significantly to community safety. According to a study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, youth who participate in sports-based programs have a 44% reduced chance of arrest for a violent crime. By keeping kids engaged in positive activities, we can create safer neighborhoods and reduce crime rates across North Charleston.
For years I have been at the forefront of these efforts, dedicating my time and energy to coaching local youth.
As a City Council member, I plan to expand the reach of youth sports programs, ensuring they are accessible to all children, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds. I will advocate for increased funding and resources for these programs, realizing their potential to transform lives and communities.
Budget & Finance
As your city councilman, I will critically evaluate the current budget to drive maximum value and eliminate waste. I will request an organizational audit to determine what city positions exist and for what purpose. I will work to publish ALL relevant financial information on the city’s website—including Income statements, Balance Sheets, etc. so that all North Charleston citizens can easily understand how their tax dollars are being used. As the State of South Carolina’s wealthiest city, the citizens should be the first to benefit from the city’s prosperity.
I will work to publicly release the city council meeting agenda and materials as far in advance as possible. I will push to create a city council voting record web page on the city’s website so anyone can look up any council member’s vote at any time, with links to all relevant information provided for the vote, to provide far greater transparency and voter information.
The people of North Charleston deserve a transparent, accountable government. I’m striving to ensure every citizen’s voice is heard, that the city provides the world-class services it’s supposed to and that the North Charleston City Council treats your money as YOURS!
Citizen participation in local government is alarmingly low. Part of this is because it’s difficult for citizens, with our busy lives, to follow what’s going on–especially with budget and taxes. I want to foster as much citizen engagement in our local government as possible, ensuring everything is out in the open and closed meetings are strictly limited. The City Council’s #1 job is oversight, and when it comes to ensuring taxpayers understand where their money is going, I’ll work to make the process as transparent as possible, so the people can hold their elected representatives fully accountable.
Visionary | Community Leader | Non-profit Leader | Entrepreneur | Family Man | Youth Recreation Coach | Artist/Musician/Songwriter | Graduate of Charleston Southern University | Member of North Palm Church
Joshua Gale is a visionary leader with a diverse background as a non-profit leader, entrepreneur, family man, artist, and youth recreation coach. He is a graduate of Charleston Southern University and an active member of North Palm Church. Since moving to North Charleston in 2007, Gale has immersed himself in the community and is determined to create innovative solutions and partnerships for the city’s betterment. He‘d like to spend the next four years creating solutions and building strategic partnerships for our beloved city. Joshua is married to North Charleston Native Melissa. They have three children.
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