A long-time York County Council member will not run for re-election in 2018. Instead, he wants to open up the field to new faces, he said.
Chad Williams will have served on the county council for 10 years at the end of his term.
“I just think it’s time to give somebody a chance to serve,” he said.
Residents can file for candidacy March 16-31.
Williams represents York County District 7, covering downtown Fort Mill, the eastern half of Baxter and parts of Rock Hill.
He said any resident is qualified to represent their area, as long as they have an interest in the community and a “willingness to read the material.”
Williams said council members should strive to ask questions county residents might not have the chance to ask.
“I think anybody who is willing to serve and willing to do that is qualified,” he said.
Williams has served five two-year terms. After his term ends, all council members will be serving four-year terms.
He said he has mixed emotions about leaving the council, but he’s not looking back on his time yet.
“I’m not finished. I’ve got a year left,” Williams said. “Our biggest accomplishment is maybe yet to come.”
For information about candidate filing go to yorkcountygov.com.
Hannah Smoot: 803-329-4068