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Candidates won't debate for York seats

YORK -- As the April 15 city election nears, voters will find only two candidates on the ballot.

With such little interest, there will be no debate.

Political newcomer Mark Boley is challenging incumbent Johnny McCoy for the District 6 seat.

The other seats that were up for election in Districts 1 and 5 are uncontested, so they won't appear on the ballot. Only voters from District 6 will vote.

Debra Martin had filed to run for District 5 against Councilman John Smith, but after looking at a map, city officials discovered the York County Elections Office had made a mistake when they issued her registration card and she's actually in District 4, which is not up for election.

The Greater York Chamber of Commerce originally considered holding a debate, but decided not to because of a lack of interest, said chamber director Paul Boger.

McCoy said a debate's not necessary to get the candidates' views out to voters.

Boley, however, is disappointed with the decision. He said he'll do his best to get the word out by going door-to-door and sending out hand written notes with pamphlets explaining his stand on various issues.

"I've talked to a lot of folks," he said. "They want better representation."

One of the biggest concerns people have talked to him about is the water, he said. Residents have told him that it tastes bad and that they spend $200 to $300 a year on bottled water.

"I didn't realize how big an issue it was," Boley said.

He said he hopes to try to address that concern if he's elected.

With the economy struggling, many have also said they want to see their tax dollars benefit them more, he said.

"The economy is not good," Boley said. "They need a break."

McCoy, who has served on council four years and chairs the recreation committee, said he'll spend the next two weeks talking with constituents.

"I'm just trying to talk to as many people in the district as I can and am making some phone calls," McCoy said.

Residents really haven't raised any major concerns or issues that they would like to see addressed, he said.

"I haven't had any complaints at all," said McCoy, who considers the past four years positive for the city. "Every audit we've had, we're in good financial shape."

If re-elected, McCoy said he hopes to continue with some of the projects the council is already working on such as the waste water treatment plant that's coming up as well as preparation for the widening of the S.C. 5 bypass.

AT THE PRECINCTS

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 15.

All District 6 precincts will be open, although Cotton Belt and Cannon Mill will be combined. Voters for those precincts will cast their ballots at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in the Cannon Mill district.

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