Funderburk to vie for Fort Mill mayor

FORT MILL -- Filing for Fort Mill Town Council and Tega Cay City Council opened Wednesday, and one race is heating up.

Fort Mill Town Councilman Danny Funderburk, who holds the expiring Ward 4 seat, is running for mayor.

"I think folks are ready for a change," he said.

Funderburk faces longtime incumbent Mayor Charles Powers, who said he would comment after he files this week.

Three of the four Fort Mill incumbents said they will run again.

Councilman Grady Ervin, who holds the Ward 2 seat, said he hasn't made up his mind.

Meanwhile, Town Councilman Ken Starnes, who holds one of the two at-large seats on council, also filed Wednesday.

Funderburk said the town needs to take a more active role in planning for growth. He also wants to work on revitalizing Fort Mill's downtown area and communicating better with other governments and the school board.

Powers has served six terms as mayor and served on the council for at least two terms before that.

In Tega Cay, incumbents Larry Harper and Ron Kirby have said they will seek re-election.

Two residents also plan to run.

Hope MacBride, who serves on the city's finance committee and led opposition to the Stonecrest Wal-Mart, filed to run.

Ron Kazel also has thrown his hat in the ring. Kazel ran unsuccessfully for council during the 2006 election and is involved in community groups and is a member of the finance committee and community relations committees.

Filing for both races will be open through noon Sept. 7.

Fort Mill residents may file for the Fort Mill Council at Town Hall, 112 Confederate St. Tega Cay residents must file at the York County Registrations and Elections office, 130 S. Congress St., York.

Filing fees for both races cost $50 for contested races and $100 for unopposed candidates.

On Wednesday, the first filing day for the Nov. 6 election, the following candidates filed:

Fort Mill

Danny Funderburk, current Ward 4 council member, for mayor

Ken Starnes, at-large council member, for re-election

Tega Cay

Hope MacBride, city finance committee member, for council

Campaign event

Councilman Danny Funderburk will kick off his campaign for mayor at 7 p.m. today at the bandstand in Confederate Park on Main Street. Light refreshments will be served.