Peter Kristian has Kicked Off His Campaign to Run for Hilton Head Island Town Council, Ward One

Staff Report

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Surrounded by family and friends, Peter Kristian kicked off his campaign to run for Hilton Head Island Town Council, Ward One this morning at Jarvis Creek Park. Kristian said,  “I would be honored to represent Ward One and do all that I can to preserve and enhance what makes our island special and safe.” Ward One’s  current Town Council member, Marc Grant, has decided not to run for another term.

Kristian added that “Hilton Head Island faces a lot of challenges right now and I believe that I have what it takes to responsibly address these challenges.” From public safety to transportation and housing issues to preserving Gullah Geechee History, keeping native island property in the hands of native islanders, growing the local economy and doing everything possible to safely keeping businesses in business, Kristian noted that he understands the needs and priorities. He has been actively involved in the community for two decades and currently volunteers as chairman of Hilton Head Island’s Planning Commission.

A 20-year resident of Hilton Head Island, Kristian lives in the  Jarvis-Jonesville area of Ward One off of Spanish Wells Road with his wife Chrissy, daughter Madison and their two cats, Lulu and Toni. Kristian has four children and seven grandchildren

As the general manager of Hilton Head Plantation, he has been working with the property owners to determine the next steps for their community, including its name and the use of the word “plantation.” While Hilton Head Island has a long history, some of that history is sullied and Kristian knows that many folks find the word  “plantation” to be a reminder of the era of slavery . 

Kristian has also worked on other serious issues such as hurricane recovery. Through his experience working with the community,  he knows what policies need to be in place for the Town to continue its excellent history of hurricane preparedness and recovery. He also knows that these policies need to be expanded to include the smaller communities, especially those located in Ward One.

His vision and his top priorities include preserving and enhancing what makes the island special, keeping native island property in the hands of native islanders, cooperatively resolving  the issues with Beaufort County regarding police services as well as the Dillon Road transfer station and parks and maintenance, growing the local economy and doing everything possible to safely keep our businesses in business, implementing the Town’s plans for Workforce Housing, reviewing the proposed alignments for the New Bridge and 278 corridor projects, continuing to find ways to mitigate noise concerns at the Hilton Head Island Airport, and providing needed services within budget so that the Town doesn’t have to raise taxes.

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