Democrat Jessica Lynn has decided not to run as a petition candidate for York County Council’s westernmost district, leaving Republican Joe Cox uncontested for the seat.
“This year’s not going to be my year,” said Lynn, who added that the decision was a difficult one for her to make.
Lynn, executive director of The Haven men’s shelter in Rock Hill, has decided to take a new job that will require her to travel often around the state, which would likely interfere with her ability to serve on the council, she said.
Lynn was one of two Democrats and four candidates who filed to run for the York County Council and were removed after the S.C. Supreme Court ruled they didn’t file their paperwork correctly.
Lynn’s exit leaves Republicans Gary Williams and John Rinehart and Democrat Roy Blake as potential petition candidates for York County Council’s November races.
Candidates have until noon July 16 to file their petitions with York County elections officials.
“She’s a talented lady, and we’re really happy for her,” said Pat Calkins, York County Democratic Party chairperson.
“We’d love to see her continue as a candidate, but we certainly understand her reasons” for stepping out of the race, Calkins said.
Cox, who won the GOP primary against Steve McNeely in June, said Thursday that “it feels good” to have no contest in November.
“I appreciate the voters standing behind me in the primary, and hope we can move forward with the job” of serving the district, he said.