The final candidates for Rock Hill City Council Ward 5 hope lots of people vote in Tuesday’s runoff.
Ann Williamson-Morrison, a retired flight attendant, and Nikita Jackson, a sales representative at Agape Medical Mart, are running for the city council seat representing Ward 5, currently held by Osbey Roddey, who is not seeking re-election.
The first election for the seat was held Oct. 15, but none of the three candidates won the necessary 50 percent plus one votes necessary to clinch the election. Officials said just more than 420 people voted in the first election, and both Williamson-Morrison and Jackson expressed disappointment in the low turnout. But both have high hopes Tuesday’s numbers will be better.
“I have spoken with people and explained the importance of their voices and the need for them to vote, period,” Williamson-Morrison said. “I’ve been told by many they will come out this time and I hope they will.”
People don’t realize the importance of voting at the local level, Jackson said.
“A lot of people have asked questions, and they don’t understand why there was a runoff,” she said. “They’re understanding now how important it is to go vote for city council.”
On Oct. 15, Jackson received the most votes, 150, followed by Williamson-Morrison with 138. The third candidate, Mildred A. Moore, received 135 votes.
To prepare for the election, Williamson-Morrison said she’s been out in the community, where she said she’s comfortable, given her 40 years of involvement.
“I think with my years of experience in the community, the fact that I have served on so many different boards, the fact that I’ve really spoken with the people, personally, I think that does give me an edge over the other candidate,” she said.
Jackson thinks her youth and energy will push her over the top to voters.
“A lot of people are saying they like my perspective on things, they like my viewpoint,” she said. “And I’ve always been for the people.”
For Williamson-Morrison, Tuesday will be a quiet day. She said she’ll be at City Hall before 7 a.m. but won’t be hosting an event at night to prepare to hear the election results.
Jackson said she’ll spend the day visiting different polling places. She’s also offering rides to voters and will hold an event at 7 p.m. at McHale’s on Main Street.
Ward 5 includes homes and businesses in southern Rock Hill, including those along Albright Road and Saluda Street and those near South Pointe High, Saluda Trail Middle, Oakdale Elementary and Sylvia Circle Elementary schools.
A photo ID will be required to vote, but like during the initial election, citizens can go to City Hall on election day to get a photo ID made from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Rachel Southmayd • 803-329-4072