Fort Mill Times

Editorial: Don’t forget to vote in Fort Mill Town Council election

Fort Mill residents have the opportunity to elect a new town council member April 5. All registered voters who reside inside Fort Mill town limits are eligible to cast a ballot.

The special election was called to fill the at-large seat vacated by Guynn Savage after she was elected mayor of Fort Mill. Voters have three quality candidates to choose from – former town Councilman Ned McAteer, former Fort Mill School District Trustee Trudie Heemsoth and attorney David McWilliam.

Heemsoth, a Rock Hill native who moved to Fort Mill when she was 12, served more than a decade on the Fort Mill school board. She spent years as director of the Fort Mill area office of the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

McAteer, 71, served two Council terms in the 1990s. He worked in plant maintenance at Springs Industries, then for a number of organizations managing hotel, courthouse, jail, medical supply and other operations before retiring almost 10 years ago. He is a resident of the same Fort Mill home the past 43 years.

McWilliam, 32, moved to Fort Mill five years ago. He and his wife, Thornley, live downtown and have three children kindergarten age and younger. He is an attorney, certified financial planner, church deacon and first generation American citizen, moving as a child with his family to South Carolina from Nova Scotia, Canada.

All three bring impressive credentials to the table. Two, Heemsoth and McAteer, have past experience serving the Fort Mill community and the third, McWilliam, is an attorney with a variety of applicable skills, including financial planning.

Judging by their responses to several questions we asked, (see page 1A) there doesn’t seem to be a world a difference among all the candidates. Unfortunately, none of them support a moratorium on residential building, something we’ve advocated and consider essential to the success of a county-wide moratorium, which is under discussion by the York County Council. Nonetheless, they all acknowledge unchecked growth is a problem and we hope whomever wins the election will help town council find viable solutions.

If you’re not familiar with the candidates, we urge you to try to get to know them before going to the polls April 5. Hopefully their responses to our questions this week will give you some insight. Heemsoth and McWilliam both have campaign pages on Facebook and that’s a good resource to learn more and ask questions of your own. One of them, McWilliam, invites you to call him at 803-574-9555 to ask questions and discuss issues.

Regardless of who you vote for next week, we urge you to do your civic duty and take the time to cast a ballot.

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