On Tuesday, February 25, the City of Woodruff will hold a special election to fill the vacant Ward 4 seat on the city council. Kenneth Gist previously occupied this position until he was elected as Mayor in November 2019.
Residents who live within the Woodruff city limits can vote in this special election. All eligible voters will vote at the Woodruff Leisure Center, according to Henry Laye, director of registration and elections at Spartanburg County. This included those voters who would normally vote at the Woodruff Elementary School. The Woodruff Leisure Center is located at 550 Cavins Road.
Meet the Ward 4 Candidates
Occupation: Senior Applications Lab Technician at Synthomer USA in Roebuck for 15 years
Political experience: Served as Ward 4 representative for Woodruff City Council from 2013 to 2017. Currently serves on the planning commission for Woodruff. Is affiliated with the Appalachian Council of Governments for Spartanburg County.
Top Issues: For me, it is to be among the citizens of Woodruff. To hear their voice and to hear their heart. “Our Woodruff” belongs to the citizens, both presently and for those who are to come in the very near future. How do we do this you may ask? Whether passing on the street, eating a local restaurants, having a cup of coffee or worshipping together at church or community functions, I will take the time not only to listen but to hear the citizens that I plan to represent. It is an honor to give back to the community that has given so much to me.
Occupation: Retired from Spartanburg County Communications / 9-1-1 after 17 years of service to citizens and visitors of the county.
Political experience: None
Top Issues: My priorities are to address public safety and better code enforcement. I will aim to eliminate the $10 monthly resident garbage fee to help our taxpayers recoup some of the 30 mills increase (“mills” is the rate of tax used to calculate local property tax) in our county taxes we pay now due to the July 2019 merging of the Woodruff Fire Department with the Trinity Fire Department in southern Spartanburg County. I would also like to create better communications between the city and its citizens, perhaps by using a digital billboard to announce city council meetings and events.