AZALEA sits down with Summerville, SC Mayor-Elect, Russ Touchberry
What was your favorite thing about growing up in the Lowcountry?
The outdoors. Especially being near the salt water evokes some of my fondest memories of shrimping with my Dad.
What’s your dream job
I really feel like I have it. I get to help businesses and leaders solve problems through the work of my firm. The role I play in public service I don’t consider a “job.” It’s my service to the community I love.
Is there a motto you live by?
Yes – As we live, we grow. I actually discovered that motto years ago on an old feed bag!
What are you a fan of?
My wife. I’m her biggest fan and she’s mine.
Coffee or Tea?
Both. Coffee in the morning – Coastal Coffee Roaster’s Nicaraguan is a favorite – and tea in the afternoon.
What is one thing you’ve bought within the last three years that you couldn’t live without?
Our golf cart – truly the rolling front porch of the Lowcountry!
What is one thing you’ve bought within the last three years that you could go the rest of your life without?
Our smart TV – we’re not big TV people.
What is your dream vacation?
Probably a trip to the Mediterranean. I’m drawn to the ancient culture, history and food.
What is your favorite hobby?
My family is my hobby. Family is everything. Watching them (my children) grow helps me recoginize how precious time with your family really is.
What is your fondest memory of growing up in the Lowcountry?
Visiting my grandparents at Baptist College at Charleston (now Charleston Southern). They were on the founding staff. Grandaddy was a Baptist minister and a profound influence on my life.
What has prepared you for your upcoming service as Mayor?
I could talk about the things I’ve done, but what has really prepared me the most is my upbringing.
I was raised by parents who really care about people; I was raised to be a contributor.