The Rev. Nelson Rivers is a forceful and well-known advocate for the NAACP, both nationally and in the Charleston area. He promises to provide City Council with a “different voice and perspective.”
As a councilman for District 9, Mr. Rivers would bring an informed view on community policing, public education and economic progress for city residents.
Mr. Rivers also has some informed ideas about how to improve traffic with more effective road use — such as high occupancy vehicle lanes on the interstates — and better public transportation. “If something is not done we will be the L.A. of the South,” he said.
And he wants the city to intensify its efforts for education reform. He points to Meeting Street Academy at Brentwood School as an example of how public-private partnerships can make a big difference, and also cites the successful elementary school reforms using Montessori methods in Memphis, Tenn.
Mr. Rivers recognizes the potential of the Neck area for economic development, high tech jobs, affordable housing — in short, a thriving new downtown for North Charleston. “The entrepreneurial spirit is going to come,” he says of the former industrial area. Though the Neck is not in his district, Mr. Rivers says the area should be of intense interest to council for its potential to improve the quality of life for city residents.
A Baptist minister, the Rev. Rivers would be a thoughtful and outspoken representative for his district and the residents of North Charleston. He should be elected to fill the vacant seat for District 9.