Joe Bustos

Joe Bustos

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Meet Joe

Joe Bustos is a retired U.S. Army officer, former police officer, town councilman for Mount Pleasant, and a lifelong South Carolinian. As a family man and small business owner, he knows and has fought for the needs of our community, earning the respect of district residents for holding the line on tax increases and standing firm on sustainable growth management.

Born and raised in Mount Pleasant, Joe Bustos attended public schools his whole life. Soon after graduation from Columbia College in 1970, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served as an aviation crew member. In 1971, he and Kathy were married and now have two children and two grandchildren.

Joe later attended officer candidate school and left active duty for the U.S. Army Reserve in 1976. He and Kathy then moved back to Mount Pleasant. After graduating from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, where he received the J.P. Strom Award, Joe joined the Charleston Police Department.

When President Reagan began rebuilding the military in 1980, Joe was recalled and placed on active duty in the U.S. Army, where he retired in 1995 as Chief of Personnel Plans and Operations and Headquarters Forces Command at Fort McPherson in Georgia.

Joe and Kathy again moved back to their hometown, Mount Pleasant, where Joe took a job as a stockbroker at First, Butcher, & Singer. Today, Joe and Kathy operate two local small businesses. Joe started Mount Pleasant Flight Training with one plane and one instructor—him. The company operates out of Mount Pleasant Regional Airport and now has 5 planes and 6 employees. Kathy operates Bustos Travel Services and remains active in the community.

Joe continued his public service in 2000 by running for Mount Pleasant Town Council on a platform of responsible and sustainable growth management. Throughout Joe’s 13 years of service on town council, residential growth rates were capped at 2.5% – 3.0% annually and he held the line by protecting citizens from increases on residential taxes.

Joe left town council in 2009. Over the next 5 years, the 3% growth cap was lifted and residential sprawl was in full swing, bringing headaches for local residents. The town even let a developer build a parking garage on pristine Shem Creek. In 2015, Joe’s neighbors asked him to run for town council one more time so he could once again manage area growth to reasonable levels. He not only won, but every incumbent council member up for re-election was defeated.

Joe and Kathy have attended Stella Maris Catholic Church for 20 years on Sullivan’s Island where Joe serves as an usher. The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2021.

Read Joe’s Story

Born and raised in Mount Pleasant, Joe Bustos attended public schools his whole life. Soon after graduation from Columbia College in 1970, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served as an aviation crew member. In 1971, he and Kathy were married and now have two children and two grandchildren.

Joe later attended officer candidate school and left active duty for the U.S. Army Reserve in 1976. He and Kathy then moved back to Mount Pleasant. After graduating from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, where he received the J.P. Strom Award, Joe joined the Charleston Police Department.

When President Reagan began rebuilding the military in 1980, Joe was recalled and placed on active duty in the U.S. Army, where he retired in 1995 as Chief of Personnel Plans and Operations and Headquarters Forces Command at Fort McPherson in Georgia.

Joe and Kathy again moved back to their hometown, Mount Pleasant, where Joe took a job as a stockbroker at First, Butcher, & Singer. Today, Joe and Kathy operate two local small businesses. Joe started Mount Pleasant Flight Training with one plane and one instructor—him. The company operates out of Mount Pleasant Regional Airport and now has 5 planes and 6 employees. Kathy operates Bustos Travel Services and remains active in the community.

Joe continued his public service in 2000 by running for Mount Pleasant Town Council on a platform of responsible and sustainable growth management. Throughout Joe’s 13 years of service on town council, residential growth rates were capped at 2.5% – 3.0% annually and he held the line by protecting citizens from increases on residential taxes.

Joe left town council in 2009. Over the next 5 years, the 3% growth cap was lifted and residential sprawl was in full swing, bringing headaches for local residents. The town even let a developer build a parking garage on pristine Shem Creek. In 2015, Joe’s neighbors asked him to run for town council one more time so he could once again manage area growth to reasonable levels. He not only won, but every incumbent council member up for re-election was defeated.

Joe and Kathy have attended Stella Maris Catholic Church for 20 years on Sullivan’s Island where Joe serves as an usher. The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2021.

Joe on the Issues

Infrastructure

“Transportation infrastructure remains a challenge to this area, primarily due to tourism traffic. This also leads to parking challenges on Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island that impact quality of life. In the S.C. House, I will work with local governments to help meet their infrastructure needs and I will also make sure the state pays its fair share.”

Education

“As a product of public education, I know how good it can be. That’s why I sent my children to public schools. It’s unacceptable that our state is last in education. It’s time to fully fund our schools. No longer should we demand more and more from teachers without compensating them fairly. ‘Minimally adequate’ will no longer be the standard for education in South Carolina. I also support limited school choice through education scholarship accounts, especially for low-income students and those with special needs. It will take several approaches to undo the problems that cause our state to be last in education.”

Conservation

“Our area is filled with fishing fleets, wildlife, and outdoor enthusiasts. We only have one shot to get it right when it comes to preserving and protecting our environment. I led on the effort to protect our waterways through the creation of Shem Creek Park and I will take that proven conservation leadership to Columbia.”

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