For the first time in 22 years, Curwood Chappell won’t be serving on the York County Council after his current term ends. Chappell has decided not to run this year.
He has held the District 5 seat in southeastern York County since 1992. In six of his 10 re-election bids, he faced no opposition.
Chappell, 84, made no announcement about his decision not to seek an 11th term on the council. But when the deadline came for filing with the state Election Commission noon Sunday, Chappell’s name was not among the list of candidates for the seat he holds.
Two candidates, both Republicans, have filed to run for the District 5 seat. Marty Taylor, a Fort Mill building inspector who ran against Chappell in the 2010 GOP primary, has filed to run again.
The other candidate for the seat is attorney Christi Cox, a founding member of the Hamilton Martens Ballou & Carroll law firm in Rock Hill.
The primary might have had three candidates. Rock Hill medical consultant Bobby Walker initially filed to run for the District 5 seat but pulled out of that race to challenge state Rep. John King, the incumbent Democrat, for his District 49 seat in the Legislature.
All six other incumbents on the council have filed to run for re-election. Michael Johnson, R-District 1, Bruce Henderson, R-District 2, William “Bump” Roddey, D-District 4, Britt Blackwell, R-District 6, and Chad Williams, D-District 7, will run unopposed.
District 3 incumbent Joe Cox will face Robert Winkler in the Republican primary. The winner of that race will face Democrat Steve Love in the general election.
Two state representatives from York County will face challengers. Libertarian Jeremy Walters will run against incumbent Republican Raye Felder for the District 26 seat. Democrat Barry McGrew will run against incumbent Republican Ralph Norman for the District 48 seat.
Incumbents Tommy Pope, District 47, and Gary Simrill, District 46, both Republicans, will run unopposed.
Primaries will be held June 10 with any runoffs, if necessary, on June 24. General elections will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4.
For more information on voter registration, including how to register online, or specifics on photo identification rules go to www.scvotes.org.
Jie Jenny Zou • 803-329-4062