Fort Mill Town Council is now a member short, with Councilman Nathan Blythe resigning July 1.
Blythe will leave his Ward 1 post July 8. He and his wife are moving to Hawaii.
“We’re pretty excited about it,” he said Tuesday afternoon. We’re going to miss Fort Mill. We’ve been here a long time, but we’re excited to start an adventure out there.”
Blythe began serving on Council in 2012. He moved to Fort Mill in 2000. He works in the insurance business and his wife is a nurse – jobs Blythe said allow some flexibility in where they live. Plans are to head to the Pacific and the Southernmost state in the U.S. on July 9.
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Blythe had more than two years remaining on his term. Alan Helms, deputy director with the York County registration and elections office, said Tuesday afternoon his office hoped to have firm dates set soon on candidate filing and the special election.
“We’re working on our time-line,” he said.
State law requires filing to start at noon on the third Friday after the seat comes open, running 10 days. An election should be held 13 Tuesdays after the resignation notice. Meaning early October for the election of Blythe’s seat, which won’t be voted on again until the fall of 2017.
Candidates must come from Ward 1, which covers the northeast part of town including most of the area off Springfield Parkway. Candidacy is limited to that area, but voting isn’t.
“The entire town will vote for that seat,” Helms said.
Blythe believes his biggest accomplishments in his time on Council are the hiring of a new town manager shortly after he began, and the acquisition of 27 acres for recreational use as part of the Waterside on the Catawba annexation.
“That was crucial that we got that space,” he said.