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Two more contenders throw hats in the ring

Two more people declared for spots on the York County Council on Tuesday, adding more faces to an already crowded field.

Republican Kenny Ruffin wants the District 3 seat held by one-term incumbent Joe Cox, also a Republican. The winner would face Democrat Eddie Lee in the general election.

Meanwhile, Republican David McCorkle will run for the District 2 seat held by Tom Smith. McCorkle, 54, works as a real estate and construction consultant.

The GOP primary is June 10.

Ruffin's campaign

Ruffin, 33, of Smyrna lost the Republican primary election in 2006 by a slim margin to then-Sharon Mayor Cox and former incumbent Steve McNeely. He said he could beat Cox this time around by keeping true to his principles.

"I'd like to bring basic common sense back to County Council," said Ruffin, who announced at York's Palmetto Room.

After losing in 2006, Ruffin endorsed Cox's campaign. Since then, Ruffin said, Cox has not lived up to his campaign promises.

"(Cox) was on the same page as everybody, but after he got in there, it seemed like he changed and went along with the flow," said Ruffin, a father of three and employee at Clover Tool Grinding.

Ruffin criticized Cox for not addressing "Pennies for Progress," the county's 1-cent sales tax for roads, wanting to tax nonprofits and supporting the idea of a trash incinerator.

Cox refuted Ruffin's claims on Tuesday.

"I've addressed every issue I had. I had concerns, not promises," Cox said. "I made no promises other than to do the best job I can. If you have a table of seven, you can't make promises. You'll need support from three other districts."

McCorkle's campaign

McCorkle, of Lake Wylie, will take on incumbent Tom Smith.

McCorkle said the manner in which Smith gained the seat, after incumbent Perry Johnston bowed out a week after filing closed, prompted him to run for council.

"I think in a nutshell, Lake Wylie needs someone who represents everyone, not just special interest groups," McCorkle said.

He'd like to see the council better follow the county's 2025 Land Use Plan.

McCorkle will have an official campaign kickoff next week.

Candidates must register by noon on Sunday.

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