Primary winner Christi Cox aims to listen to York County residents

With a district that spans from Fort Mill to McConnells, Christi Cox understands there will be a wide variety of opinions from her constituents.

That’s why listening to the residents and gaining their trust is the top priority for the 39-year-old political newcomer who won the Republican District 5 primary Tuesday for the York County Council.

Cox defeated challenger Marty Taylor by more than 1,200 votes. She received 2,007 votes, or 72.8 percent, to Taylor’s 747 votes.

No Democrat filed to run for the Nov. 4 election in District 5, so Cox will likely replace incumbent Curwood Chappell who endorsed her.

Cox knows it won’t be an easy task. Chappell has represented the district for 22 years. During his tenure, Chappell never shied from offering his opinions at council meetings. He has a reputation for looking out for his constituents.

“When I was going door-to-door people said, ‘If you are one-half as responsive as Mr. Chappell, you will do a good job,’ ” Cox said.

While she plans to learn as much as she can from Chappell over the next few months – and hopes he will continue to advise her once she is in office – Cox said, “I’m my own person. I have my own way of doing things.”

“I’ll do things differently,” she said. “I have a different personality, different way of communicating and our skills and background are different.”

Cox is a founding attorney of Hamilton Martens Ballou & Carroll – a Rock Hill firm that offers a range of legal services and has represented the county on some cases.

She said her legal experience should be effective in dealing with issues such as road maintenance, the No. 1 issue for the four candidates on Tuesday’s GOP primary ballot for the county council.

It’s an issue that requires understanding local, state and even federal regulations, Cox said. Her legal experience should be helpful in working with people in state government to change how road repairs are funded.

Changing how “Pennies for Progress” funds are used also will be on her agenda. Currently the money raised from the added penny sales tax is used for new road construction. Cox and others want to see whether a portion of the funds could be used to fill potholes and other routine road maintenance.

Another priority for Cox will be not only bringing together the residents of her district but “working together as a council.”

To understand all the issues of her constituents, Cox is forming an advisory committee that will have at least one person from each of the district’s 19 voting precincts.

Residents interesting in serving on the panel should email Cox at christicox5@gmail.com or go to her campaign website, christicox.com.