Linda Page 12

Meet Your Mayor

“It never crossed my mind to be in politics. I’m not sure it ever really crosses anyone’s at first,” Mayor Linda Page says from behind her desk.

Her journey to get here doesn’t include a family history in politics or a yearning to be a world-leader. As a local business owner for years, Page wanted a larger stake in how her town was run. She’s been a Mount Pleasant native since she was six weeks old.

“I got here as quick as I could,” she laughs. Her family has been involved in the local business scene ever since owning and operating Page’s Thieves Market, a Mount Pleasant icon and antiques store located on Ben Sawyer Blvd.

“I’m very strong-willed with very strong opinions. I love this community and the feel of it. As a business owner, and with all the growth, I wanted to ensure it keeps a small-town feel,” Page says.

That love of community led her to town council in 2009, where she served for four years, then as Mayor in 2013. She refers to herself as part-time Mayor, part-time business owner.

A typical week for Page includes: morning meetings; serving on eight outside agency boards; attending various ribbon cuttings and chamber luncheons; afternoons running the business, and weekends spent serving as auctioneer and picker.

With so many commitments, it seems downtime would be impossible, but Page is quick to refute.

“I have great time-management skills, so I actually have free time as well. I have two grown kids and two dogs. I love cooking, gardening, going boating, going to the beach and reading,” she says.

Page points to her vision board she’s created for the year—career goals, exercise, reading and writing—all displayed to remind her of what she wants to achieve.

When asked about those Mayoral career goals she pauses, then answers, “To engage more people. The government is run by older people, but it’s young people who change the world.”

She mentions how a young council member in Florence, South Carolina changed things because of her relentless energy. She firmly believes that others, including the generation ahead can make change through dedication and energy. Her own has inspired an uptick in town meeting attendance. She’s proud of the work they’ve done in terms of the community’s social media presence and the new website they’ve built.

She believes there is still room for change. Mount Pleasant’s population is approximately 83,000 with women being over 50 percent of it. She encourages women to be part of its government.

“It [Mount Pleasant] needs to be representative of those who live here. I think what a lot of women don’t realize is that they’re well-suited to politics because they’re empathetic, nurturing, kind…good qualities for a politician,” she says.

Page believes you don’t wait for change to come. You help make the change.

“I’m normal,” she says with a laugh. “I burn dinner, get runs in my stockings and am late sometimes. People can do this—community service. It’s just regular ‘stuff’ and it’s important.”