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Republican joins race for District 4 seat

Nine people have declared intentions to run for a seat on the York County Council, and more are expected before filing ends this month.

Two men filed for the seat held by Roy Blake, representing Rock Hill west of Black Street.

Tom Hardin added his name Thursday to the District 4 race, with hopes of beating the winner of June's Democratic primary between Blake and William Roddey.

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Hardin, who is married with five children and several grandchildren, announced his campaign at a press conference, saying he wants to change how money is spent on roads in the district. He also wants to address waste issues and the travel policy.

"I looked for over a year for someone else to apply," Hardin said. "No one else wants the job. I think I can give back to my county and help it as it grows."

Hardin, owner of Hardin Pest Control, said he has experience in management and budgeting.

"It's my tax money, too. I want to watch how every penny is spent," he said.

Hardin, a volunteer firefighter, spent six years on the county's Zoning Board of Appeals.

Blake, who is serving his second term on council, said he's proud of sidewalks the county has put in near South Pointe High School and plans more on Heckle Boulevard near county offices and the future home of the Department of Social Services. He's also hoping to get support for a discount prescription card for senior citizens.

Blake said he'd like to see the county explore a waste-to-energy facility, and he wants to look into infrastructure, roads and drainage in older Rock Hill neighborhoods.

"I'm very excited about the upcoming election," Blake said. "I hope people see fit to let me back on council."

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But another Democrat, Roddey, stands in Blake's way.

Roddey, who works at AbitibiBowater, said his economics degree from Winthrop University would help him with economic development and budget issues.

He said the county is falling behind on projects such as "Pennies for Progress," its 1-cent sales tax for road improvements. He would like to see the county follow through on projects before moving on to others, he said.

Roddey, known as "Bump," played football at Northwestern High School. He also wants to see the county look into alternatives to landfills. Roddey said he would like to be a voice for the district.

"I like to think of myself as a more involved candidate," Roddey said. "I don't think Roy brings that to the table. He hasn't been as vocal on the issues."

Filing continues until noon March 30.

York County Council filings

As of Thursday afternoon, the following have filed for York County Council seats. Council members serve two-year terms, and all seven seats are up for election this fall.

District 1 (Fort Mill)

Jeff Updike - R

District 3 (western York County):

(i) Joe Cox - R

Eddie Lee - D

District 4 (Rock Hill):

Tom Hardin - R

(i) Roy Blake - D

William Roddey - D

District 5 (south of Rock Hill):

(i) Curwood Chappell - R

District 6 (northern Rock Hill):

(i) Buddy Motz - R

District 7 (Rock Hill):

(i) Rick Lee - R

(i) stands for incumbent

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