Spartanburg mayoral candidates enter electoral campaign home stretch | Spartanburg politics
The outcome of Spartanburg’s mayoral race in the November 2 general election will help shape the future of the city as it continues to grow and develop at an unprecedented rate.
After Mayor Junie White announced on June 17 that he would not be running again, City Councilor Jerome Rice, 53, announced his run for mayor. Shortly after, former city attorney Cathy McCabe, 65, announced her decision to run for the seat. Both candidates are going through the final week before the election, sharing their campaign messages with residents across town.
âWe feel great and keep knocking on doors,â Rice said. “We send letters to the citizens here in Spartanburg and make appearances at various events.”
During the election campaign, Rice said the issue of homelessness in the city had been raised. If elected, Rice said he was ready to help reduce the homeless population through a variety of programs. The city’s homeless task force has already worked on the issue. Rice said there was also a need for the city to hire additional police officers to continue providing necessary public safety for residents.
“We need to continue the conversation with Chief (Alonzo) Thompson on how to better serve the community.”
McCabe said it was an exciting opportunity to meet residents during his campaign. She was an advocate for the city from 2006 to 2017. She supports growth and development, but wishes to prevent the gentrification that other communities have experienced during rapid growth.
âThere are a lot of changes going on in our city right now,â McCabe said. âFor some it’s exciting, but for others it’s scary and they don’t know how the change will benefit them. There must be someone in our town who explains the changes taking place in our community. , because communication builds trust. “
The mayoral race is non-partisan. Rice and McCabe participated in virtual candidate forums in October and attended other community events ahead of the election. Topics covered at the forums included economic development, housing, homelessness, gun violence and transportation.
McCabe is commissioner of the Spartanburg County Higher Education Commission and administrator of the Spartanburg County Foundation. If elected, she wants to work to incentivize more capital investment in the city and provide more educational opportunities for the people of the city.
Rice was first elected to city council representing District 5 in November 2009, then re-elected in 2013 and 2017. Rice serves on several local councils, including Piedmont Community Action, which was founded in 1966 to help reduce poverty in Spartanburg. If elected, he would continue to work to help repair and repair the city’s roads and improve the salaries of public security employees.
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