A newcomer – both politically and as a resident – has entered the race for Fort Mill Town Council.
Sean Jones, 27, moved to town in May from Louisiana. When he heard that a town council seat was open in Ward 1, he decided to make his first run for office.
“I thought it would be a fun way to get in touch with the community and meet more people,” Jones said.
Jones doesn’t have any particular issues he hopes to tackle if elected, but said that he has done a lot of reading about the town and its challenges. He expects traffic and the impact of rapid growth on infrastructure to be frequently discussed topics on town council.
“It seems like people talk a lot about traffic, and that’s apparently one of the big issues, and I’ve seen a lot of articles about development affecting infrastructure, and I’m looking forward to helping any way that I can,” he said.
He has seen first-hand the impact of growth on the town when he attended a student orientation at Fort Mill High School recently. He heard about the “exponential growth” in town and how it is affecting the school district, he said.
Recently, some discussion has been had about a building moratorium, which would halt development while infrastructure catches up. Jones said that idea would merit “more exploration, especially given how new I am to the area. But from what I’ve seen that issue will be coming up.”
A newcomer to the area could bring a fresh set of eyes to town concerns, he said.
“There may be a benefit to an outside perspective,” Jones said.
Originally from Louisiana, Jones works as a pharmacist in Charlotte.
Jones seeks the town council seat vacated by Nathan Blythe, who moved out of state last month with more than two years left on his term.
A special election for the Ward 1 seat will be held Oct. 7.
James T. Shirey also recently filed to run for the Ward 1 seat. Lizann Lutz was the first candidate to file, making it a three-way race. The deadline to file as a candidate has passed.
Candidacy is limited to Ward 1, but voting is not. All registered voters in the town can vote in the special election.