Candidate Lizann Lutz recently withdrew from the Oct. 7 special election to fill a vacancy on the Fort Mill Town Council.
Lutz, the first candidate to file for the race, withdrew in time to have her name removed from the ballot. She cited personal reasons for dropping out of the race.
Candidates Sean Jones and James Shirey remain.
The winner will finish the two years left on the term by Nathan Blythe, who moved out of the state earlier this year.
All registered voters who live in Fort Mill town limits are eligible to cast a ballot in this election.
Shirey moved relocated to Fort Mill from Florida three years ago. Jones is also a transplant from Louisiana in May.
Here’s a thumbnail biography that each candidate filled out and their answers to three questions we asked them via email. Their responses have not been edited, including any changes for spelling or grammar:
Name: Sean Jones
Education: Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Louisiana at Monroe 2012
Have you ever held elected office?: No
Name: James Shirey
Occupation: Realtor at Keller Williams
Education: South Carolina Real Estate License, Applied Science Digital Design Production, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture and Design
Have you ever held elected office? No
Q: There’s a strong possibility that the Complex on the Greenway (formerly the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex) will be closed and the property re-developed for commercial use after the town’s lease with Leroy Springs & Co. ends. What is your solution for filling the recreation void this would create in town?
AJones: My solution would be to research and propose the most comparable option for replacement in terms of recreational services offered. Cost to the community would also be a determining factor when making this decision.
A: Shirey: There is funding like PARD grant, CDBG program, and OSLDA program available to create a new Fort Mill Complex
Q: What are the two most pressing needs facing the town and what would you do to address them?
A: Jones: Growth seems to be an ongoing issue for the town, causing increased stress on present infrastructure. I would promote taking a preventative rather than reactive approach to avoid future problems (e.g. expanding roadways, building schools, assessing growth rates, etc.) to keep ahead of the curve. The local hospital debate is also an important issue that should be resolved. I believe, if possible, it should go to a public vote so the people of Fort Mill can be involved in a decision affecting their future healthcare. More important than the name of the hospital is when it will open, and I would say the sooner the better.
A: Shirey: Growth and Tax Base-Do a SWOT analysis to find Fort Mill’s strength and weaknesses, create a master plan to guild growth. Entice businesses to move to and invest in Fort Mill.
Q: Name three types of businesses you would like to see open in Fort Mill and what you would do to facilitate their opening here.
A: Jones: Given my relatively short time in the area, I am unable to say definitively which business types Fort Mill would benefit from the most. I would, rather, listen to my fellow Fort Millians and strive to bring in whichever businesses they show interest in, by whatever means available
A: Shirey: Pharmaceuticals, Tech, Manufacturing- Advertise, write letters, call, visit, invite down. Fort Mill has everything to draw businesses except a hospital