Craig Rhyne, Mount Pleasant Town Council Member, has announced that he will not seek re-election.
His four-year term is officially up for grabs in the Nov. 5 election.
Rhyne was elected to the Mount Pleasant Town Council in 2009. He currently chairs the personnel committee. Councilmember Rhyne also serves on the annexation, bids and purchases, fire and water supply committees of council.
“Four years ago, when my wife and I made the decision to run, we knew it would be hard work and take dedicated time away from my oral surgery practice and family. It truly has been a great experience. I hope I’m afforded the opportunity to serve again in the future,” Rhyne said in a statement.
“This will likely be after my children have grown and when I have more surgery partners and associates as my practice continues to expand.”
Rhyne said he regrets being unable to serve again because he feels like the town benefits from council members with tenure who understand the slow progression of growth and change in Mount Pleasant.
“For instance, Ms. Stokes-Marshall was always a valuable source of history for me in knowing how property was originally developed or how an agreement was made with citizens.”
He added, “It would be in the best interest of the citizens to elect another young family and business person and understand and accept the time limitations of that council member. When I run again, it will be with the knowledge that I can invest more time in town planning and citizen events. My hat is certainly off for the hardworking and very skilled Mount Pleasant town employees, staff and volunteers.”
Rhyne explained that his entire adult life has been about service and he would like to see and encourage others to serve as well. “I have been asked by many to run again and I wish that I could. But another day will come. I’ve actually tried to convince my wife, Jennifer that she should run. I know she’d make a great asset to the town. Maybe she will accept the challenge.”
In addition to spending more time with his family fishing, scouting and traveling, he plans to volunteer for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and be more available for mission work.
Craig H. Rhyne Jr., DMD, is a native of Mount Pleasant, and the son of Dr. and Mrs. Craig H. Rhyne Sr. He attended Mount Pleasant Academy, Moultrie Middle School and Wando High School. He was a 1996 Citadel graduate and a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine before becoming an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the U.S. Army.
After serving as a facial trauma and reconstructive surgeon Rhyne was honorably discharged as a major in 2008. He and his wife chose to return home to raise their family and begin his private practice, Palmetto Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Rhyne lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife Jennifer and their three children.
The Rev. Anthony Kowbeidu, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church and Timm Gipe, a real estate broker and developer, have announced they will run for town council.
Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails announced this summer he would not seek a second term. Only former town councilman Joe Bustos and current councilmember Linda Page have announced they’re running.
Town council also is not expected to have more than two incumbents in the at-large race for four seats. Page is running for mayor instead of another council term. Council members John Burn and Elton Carrier are the only incumbents up for reelection. As of now, only Carrier has announced a bid. Filing will continue through noon Aug. 26. The town’s elections will be held Nov. 5.