In Tuesday’s race for the Rock Hill City Council Ward 5 seat, we endorse Mildred Moore.
Voters in Ward 5 are fortunate to have three qualified candidates, all Rock Hill natives, all active in the community. But, we think, Moore stands out as a highly informed, dedicated and forceful candidate who would be an outspoken advocate not only for the residents of her district but also for the best interests of the entire city.
Moore, 64, is a former public school English teacher and Clinton College professor who retired in 2012. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. sorority and holds leadership positions in her church, New Mount Olivet AME Zion, including serving as secretary of the bureau of supply outreach group and as a missionary.
Moore regularly follows what transpires at council meetings, and that is reflected in her broad-based understanding of how the city operates, the services it provides and the projects in which it is involved. She said she wants to be a “new voice” on the council, helping to sell the good points of both Ward 5 and what she regards as a fast-changing, increasingly competitive Rock Hill.
Like the other two candidates, Moore sees water drainage problems as one of the key issues for her district, one that remains unresolved despite years of complaints from residents. She thinks part of the solution would be paving roads and improving existing roads so they will channel water more efficiently.
She also would upgrade neighborhoods in her district by demolishing abandoned homes, which could provide open space for new development. She calls for more aggressive marketing of the area to bring in new businesses and new investment.
But she praises the city for other projects, such as the agreement with Comporium to build new office space, a park and a fountain downtown. She said she is optimistic that the proposed Knowledge Park on the site of the former Rock Hill Printing & Finishing plant will attract significant investment in the city’s historic core, and that the Velodrome and other construction at the Riverwalk development will provide a significant boost to the local economy.
She lauds the College Town effort to make Rock Hill more accessible and friendly to college students. But she hopes Clinton and York Technical colleges will be part of that effort.
The two other candidates in this race are Nikita Jackson, 40, a sales associate at Agape Medical Mart in Rock Hill and longtime member of the city’s Weed & Seed program, and Ann Williamson-Morrison, 68, a retired teacher and flight attendant, vice chair of the Rock Hill chapter of the NAACP and vice president of the local Democratic Party. Both have been active in a variety of community-related programs and projects, and say their decision to run for council resulted from a desire to continue serving others.
They all hope to replace the retiring Osbey Roddey, who has held the seat for 24 years. Roddey, a pastor at Langrum Branch Baptist Church in York, announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election so that he could spend more time with his church and family.
Moore said she hopes to be a new element on the council, representing the voters of Ward 5 but also the whole city. “It’s all a piece of the pie,” she said.
We think she would make an excellent council member and urge voters to support her on Tuesday.