Savage gives up her seat
FORT MILL -- The only woman serving on the Fort Mill Town Council stepped down last week, but said she hopes to be back in about 18 months.
Guynn Savage, who has represented Ward 1 since former councilman Jim Kinard moved out of the ward in 2005, is now herself moving out of the ward. She moved from Old Orchard to Spring Branch Glen.
"My daughter has been in the Fort Mill school system all her life and most of the kids she's friends with are going to Nation Ford [High School] next year," Savage said. "So we had a family discussion and decided to move into the Nation Ford district."
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Savage considers the move and departure from office as a temporary interruption of her public service. "I plan to run for an at-large seat or the Ward 4 seat, whichever comes up first," she said.
She won re-election a year ago to her first full term on the council, unopposed. Savage had served the last two years of Kinard's term in Ward 1.
"Over the last four years we've made a lot of strides, and I want to continue," she said.
Until the next election, Savage said, she plans to remain involved, working with Move Fort Mill Forward.
"I want to keep Fort Mill as wonderful as it always was," Savage said. "My desire to run has nothing to do with having anything against anyone currently on the council."
Waddell Gibson holds the at-large seat that will come up during the next election. Tom Adams occupies the Ward 4 seat.
At-large Councilman Ken Starnes is also moving soon, but said he will remain inside the town limits and will not have to vacate his seat. Starnes has been staying at his family's lake house in Tega Cay since last summer ever since he and his wife separated. He and his wife remain married and Starnes' official legal residence is still on Mary Mack Lane. But, Starnes said, he will be moving to an apartment on Main Street next month.
"It doesn't look like there's any movement one way or the other, so I'm taking measures to move back into Fort Mill," he said.
He said he will be living in an apartment above the former SCS Wood Floors, at 217 Main St.
Filing for the Ward 1 seat will open at noon Friday, May 2, and will close at noon, Monday, May 12, according to Town Manager David Hudspeth. The special election to fill Savage's seat will be held Tuesday, July 15.
Interested Fort Mill residents should file for candidacy at the York County Registrations and Elections Office at 13 S. Congress St. in York. The filing fee is $100 if the office is unopposed, $50 if the race has multiple candidates. For details, call 909-7194.