The end result of Spartanburg’s mayoral race within the Nov. 2 normal election will assist form the town’s future because it continues to expertise development and improvement at an unprecedented tempo.
After Mayor Junie White introduced on June 17 he wouldn’t search re-election, Metropolis Councilman Jerome Rice, 53, introduced his bid for mayor. Shortly thereafter, former Metropolis Lawyer Cathy McCabe, 65, introduced her choice to run for the seat. Each candidates are pushing by the ultimate week forward of the election, sharing their marketing campaign messages with residents throughout the town.
“We really feel good and are nonetheless knocking on doorways,” Rice mentioned. “We’re sending out mailers to residents right here in Spartanburg and making appearances at totally different occasions.”
Whereas on the marketing campaign path, Rice mentioned the town’s homelessness concern has been raised. If elected, Rice mentioned he is able to assist cut back the homeless inhabitants by quite a lot of packages. The town’s homeless taskforce has already engaged on the difficulty. Rice mentioned there’s additionally a necessity for the town to rent extra cops to proceed offering the mandatory public security for residents.
“We have to proceed the dialog with Chief (Alonzo) Thompson on the right way to higher serve the neighborhood.”
McCabe mentioned it has been an thrilling alternative to satisfy with residents throughout her marketing campaign. She served as metropolis legal professional from 2006 to 2017. She helps development and improvement however desires to forestall the gentrification different communities have skilled throughout fast development.
“There may be quite a lot of change happening in our metropolis presently,” McCabe mentioned. “For some it is thrilling however for others it is horrifying and they’re not sure how the change will profit them. There must be somebody in our metropolis that explains the modifications happening in our neighborhood, as a result of communication builds belief.”
The mayoral race is non-partisan. Rice and McCabe participated in digital candidate boards in October and attended different neighborhood occasions forward of the election. The subjects mentioned on the boards have included financial improvement, housing, homelessness, gun violence and transportation.
McCabe serves as a commissioner on the Spartanburg County Fee of Greater Training and as a trustee with the Spartanburg County Basis. If elected, she desires to work to incentivize extra capital funding within the metropolis and supply extra academic alternatives for metropolis residents.
Rice was first elected to Metropolis Council representing District 5 in November 2009, then re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Rice serves on a number of native boards together with Piedmont Group Motion, which was based in 1966 to assist curb poverty in Spartanburg. If elected, he would proceed working to assist repair and restore metropolis roads and enhance pay for public security workers.
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