For Immediate Release
January 11, 2022
Contact: Councilwoman-Elect Caroline Parker District 12
Tonight at Charleston City Hall, Councilwoman-elect Caroline Parker will be sworn in as
only the 14th woman to sit on Charleston City Council in it’s long standing history. Mrs.
Parker’s constituents are ecstatic that their voices were heard on November 2, 2021
and many in the Charleston area are excited to have a different perspective in council
But the events surrounding tonight’s swearing in are less than desirable. Unfortunately,
due to the current restrictions being imposed on Charleston city Hall, certain members
of the community are unable to attend tonight's swearing in ceremony. The City is
limiting access to the building due to Covid-19 and capacity limits.
Councilwoman-elect Parker stated: “I am a huge supporter and believer in medical
freedom and rights and liberties that citizens are provided per our constitution. I am
saddened that so many of my friends, family, supporters and constituents cannot be
there with me to be sworn in this evening. I requested an outdoor event but considering
the intensity of tonight's meeting and my children being involved, Mayor Tecklenburg has
graciously offered to accommodate my family in the Mayor’s office to be sworn in.”
Councilwoman-elect Parker is aware protests are planned tonight at Charleston City
Hall regarding racial equity, inclusion and racial conciliation in the City of Charleston.
Councilwoman-elect Parker further stated: “As someone who has consistently pushed
back and opposed the Special Commission and their divisive report, I am disappointed
this was reintroduced to council in December under a new name and I do not think the
public has had time to properly understand and digest the newly termed Human Affairs
and Racial Conciliation Commission. It is my sincere hope that the Mayor and City
Council will support a motion to defer these second and third readings until the public is
provided further clarity.
“I look forward to seeing everyone this evening! God Bless our Beautiful city!”