FORT MILL -- Incumbent Mayor Charlie Powers is relying on his 24-year record of service in pursuit of his seventh term, while challenger Danny Funderburk has built a town-wide network of support for his new ideas.
The two squared off during a candidates forum Tuesday at St. John's United Methodist Church hosted by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce's Fort Mill Area Council.
Funderburk is running on a platform of what he calls proactive leadership, saying, if elected, he would take the lead in setting up cooperative dialogue with the York County Council and other government entities.
Funderburk said he would create an annual planning calendar for Fort Mill to help deal with the growth. He also plans to set up a panel of residents to study revitalization efforts pursued in other cities around the region and come up with some proposals for Fort Mill.
"There is a lot of untapped talent in this community, and we need to reach into the community and tap those talented individuals," Funderburk said.
Powers said under his leadership the town has been planning for the future since 1984 -- it was his platform that year. He said 10 years without a tax increase does not happen without planning, and said Fort Mill has had a good working relationship with the state legislative delegation, Tega Cay, the Fort Mill school board and the County Council. He also is satisfied with the efforts Fort Mill has made to revitalize downtown through improvements to municipal parking lots and streetscape improvements.
"There is a lot to be done on planning, but there was a lot to do on planning in the past, and I think we've met most of that," Powers said. "I believe in working for the whole community."
Fort Mill voters will go to the polls Nov. 6.