Nikita Jackson launches bid for Rock Hill City Council Ward 5 seat

adouglas@heraldonline.comSeptember 10, 2013 

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— At her campaign launch on Tuesday morning, Rock Hill City Council candidate Nikita Jackson said, if elected, she hopes she’ll be able to steer some government attention toward the southside of the city.

Jackson, 40, is running for the Ward 5 seat against two other Rock Hill natives, Ann Williamson-Morrison, 68, and Mildred Moore, 64.

Ward 5 includes neighborhoods in the Albright Road and Saluda Street area of south Rock Hill – a part of the city some community leaders have said needs more attention from city officials.

The city, Jackson said, is moving in a good direction with its efforts focused in and around downtown and at Riverwalk, the site of hundreds of acres under development near Interstate 77 and Cherry Road.

But, she said, Ward 5 needs similar attention.

Residents in the ward are just as responsible as the city is for improving the area, Jackson said.

While road work and beautification efforts paid for by York County and Rock Hill are improving Ward 5, she said, individual efforts are crucial, too.

Projects such as widening Albright Road and building a “gateway marker” at the intersection of Albright Road and Saluda Street “are going to encourage investors,” Jackson said.

“But, we the residents of Ward 5, are going to have to play a part in that as well.”

Jackson said she hopes economic development will follow the recent road improvements and that Rock Hill residents will address crime problems in Ward 5.

The most pressing objective for a City Council member is to get residents involved in their local government, she said.

Last month, Williamson-Morrison, a retired flight attendant, held her campaign kickoff at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She’s campaigning on her aim to address stormwater problems and crumpling streets in Ward 5.

Moore, a retired English teacher and Clinton College professor, has yet to schedule a formal campaign event, opting instead to engage with Rock Hill voters by going door-to-door, she said earlier this month.

Finding solutions to stormwater problems in the city also is a top priority for Moore, she said.

Moore, Jackson and Williamson-Morrison are in a three-way race to fill current Councilman Osbey Roddey’s seat, which he’s held for nearly 24 years. Earlier this summer, Roddey announced he will not seek re-election in order to spend more time with family and leading his church.

Rock Hill’s elections will be held on Oct. 15.

Mayor Doug Echols, Mayor Pro-Tem John Black and Councilman Jim Reno from Ward 6 are running unopposed for re-election.

Voters will need to register and have a voter ID at the polls.

York County’s registration and elections office will provide free voter ID cards from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at York Technical College’s Baxter Hood Center, 452 Anderson Road.

Free IDs also are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at the registration and elections office, 13 S. Congress St., York.

To vote in Rock Hill’s elections, residents must be registered in person by Sept. 15 or have the voter registration application postmarked by Sept. 14.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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