Catherine Nutter (R)
Education: Northeast High School, St. Petersburg, Florida; Pinellas Beauty Academy
Occupation: Self-employed. Recently sold business downtown, House of Luxe
Q: Do you support evidence-based programs to protect public health during the drug abuse crisis?
A: Yes, if I feel it is right for Charleston. I support continuing the current needle exchange program at HealthRight. They treat the person as a whole, and encourage recovery. Definitely helps stop spread of disease.
Q: Would you support expanding the bike pathway along Kanawha Boulevard?
A: Absolutely. I utilize the new bike path on the West Side. I understand the cost to complete the bike path is tens of millions of dollars and certainly not in the city budget. The city would have to obtain funds elsewhere.
Daily Mail Opinion:
Q: How should the city address the issue of criminal transient individuals?
A: I see the need for more community neighborhood watches where citizens patrol their own neighborhoods within close contact with the Charleston Police Department. Criminal transients need to be made uncomfortable if they refuse to conform to society or get help they need.
Q: Has the city of Charleston become a better or worse place to live in the past five years? How so?
A: About the same. We have a wonderful cultural scene in every genre for a city our size. Charlestonians enjoy a strong sense of community and connection regardless of condition. We have amazing social services, first responders, schools and health care. We have the absolute best venues for activities and a strong CVB.