Candidates gather for forum ahead of James Island elections

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Candidates for a special election on James Island will meet in a form Wednesday evening with just two weeks to go before election day.

The Town of James Island is holding an election for mayor and town council on July 29. To get their message out, the candidates are meeting in a forum to promote their ideas for the town.

The event will feature a question-and-answer session, an alternate-format debate, as well as opening and closing statements from the candidates.

The highlight of the event will be a debate between incumbent mayor Bill Woolsey and challenger Trent Kernoodle, a former attorney for the town.

There are six candidates vying for four open council seats.

For residents, the topic they want discussed is traffic on the island.

"My daughter goes to James Island Elementary School, and on Grimball and Folly (roads) there is a lot of traffic traffic coming all across. We have talked to supervisors about it but nothing's been done -- no crossing guard, no traffic light," said April Molad.

"I'd like to see if they have ways to improve the existing infrastructure and officially design new infrastructure to keep traffic moving slowly and avoid buildup," said David Dubos.

The debate is sponsored by the James Island Messenger and is only for candidates officially registered to run for office.

The 90-minute event starts at 7 p.m. at the Department of Natural Resources' Marine Resources Research Institute Auditorium on Fort Johnson Road.

After the debate finishes, officials say the candidates will be available to talk one-on-one with the public.