Fort Mill Times

Gullick planning to resign in July

State Rep. Carl Gullick has decided when he will resign.

“Effective 11 p.m. July 5,” Gullick (R-Lake Wylie) told the Fort Mill Times today.

Gullick said he plans to move to Kentucky and has no regrets about leaving his post and Lake Wylie home.

“York County has been a fantastic place to live with some of the finest people,” he said.

But family duties are calling.

Gullick’s wife, Dr. Lynn Preston, was to move to Kentucky this month to start a new medical post and he said he wants his family all under one roof.

“My wife works in another state,” Gullick previously told the Fort Mill Times. “I’m tired of living this way.”

Gullick, 56, is in his third year in the House of Representatives and represents District 48. His current term ends 2010.

“It’s been an honor to serve,” Gullick said. “I want to thank the community for their support and friendship. It’s now time to move on.”

Gullick’s announcement paves the way for a possible GOP primary among Fort Mill residents Michael Johnson, Greg Rogers and Roger Costner and Sammy Rhodes, a Rock Hill business owner. So far, Pansy King-Reid of Fort Mill is the only Democrat to declare the intention to run for the District 48 seat, although Democrat Kathy Cantrell has expressed interest.

The district circles Lake Wylie in northern York County and includes part of Fort Mill and Tega Cay.

Gullick served as chairman of the York County Council from 1993 to 2001. He was elected to the House in 2006. Leaving will be bittersweet, he said.

“It was a very difficult decision,” he said. “I have some truly great friends in York County and in the House of Representatives. That’s the hard part.”