Fort Mill Times

Newcomer elected to Lancaster council

Larry McCullough
Larry McCullough

Larry McCullough will be the Panhandle's new representative on the Lancaster County Council.

McCullough, who has lived in Indian Land for a year, beat lifelong resident Alan Patterson with more than 67 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary. With two Republicans and no other candidates competing in the race, the primary determined who will replace District 1 Representative Bryan Vaughn, whose term expires at the end of this year.

Vaughn announced last year that he would not seek another four-year term.

District 1 is the only county council district that covers Indian Land and Van Wyck.

"I'm excited, thoroughly excited," McCullough said. "I've had the opportunity to meet some great fascinating people throughout the District 1 area. They have a lot of good ideas, talent and skills and I'm looking forward to working with them and serving them."

McCullough, 58, is the vice president of information technology at Wachovia. He has served on numerous boards, including the board of directors for the March of Dimes in Greensboro and as president of the board of the North Carolina Telecommunications Association.

This was his first run for public office.

McCullough's name will be on the ballot in the November elections, but he is running unopposed. While waiting to take his seat in office, McCullough said he plans to talk with current council members and staff to get a better understanding of the inner workings of the council. He also plans to do online research by looking through archives of the Lancaster County Council agendas and notes from those meetings.

McCullough will also continue to be a regular fixture at council meetings, he said.

First on McCullough's to-do list in January will be creating a countywide land use plan.

When he takes office, McCullough said, he also plans to regularly attend Indian Land Action Council meetings. He's already a member of the group, he added.

"I'm a [South Carolina] native who lived in the area for eight years. I'm here to serve all the people of the Panhandle and District 1, but also Lancaster County and the footprint between us, York, Chester and our footprint in the state of the South Carolina," McCullough said.

"We have some tremendous opportunities here over the next four years that will have short term impact and long term impact that will set some precedence for the future of all those areas. And we've got to be diligent in our research and our decision making."

Patterson could not immediately be reached for comment.

In other local races

Here are the results from last week's primary in races affecting Fort Mill Township residents:

• House District 48: Incumbent Carl Gullick defeated Kyle Boyd 1,745 to 1,592

• House District 45: Deborah Long defeated Bruce Miller 1,678 to 536 in the GOP race and Fred Thomas won the Democratic race with 690 votes. Challengers Tony Starnes and Donald Huffman received 398 and 108 votes, respectively. Long and Thomas will compete in the general election to replace incumbent Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-Indian Land), who is running for the S.C. Senate.

• York County Council District 1: Incumbent Paul Lindemann defeated Jeff Updike 1,095 to 853. He faces Democrat Marion Davenport

• York County Council District 5: Incumbent Curwood Chappell defeated Ashley Martin 960 to 477. Chappell runs unopposed in November and thus retains his seat.

• York County Coroner: In the Democratic race, Pete Skidmore defeated Jim Chapman Jr. 1,908 to 1,262 and will face former Interim Coroner Sabrina Gast, a Republican, in November's general election. Incumbent Doug McKown did not file for re-election.