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Candidates running for Spartanburg County Council

Spartanburg County Council members, including (from left to right) Jessica Coker, Justin McCorkle, Bob Walker, Manning Lynch, David Britt, Jack Mabry, and Monier Abusaft, meet during a council session at the Spartanburg County Administration Building in Spartanburg, Monday evening, February 21, 2022.

2022 Voter Guide: Here are the candidates running for Spartanburg County Council

Primaries for the 2022 elections in South Carolina will be held June 14 as voters whittle down Republican and Democratic candidates ahead of the general election on Nov. 8.

Voters can participate in any one party’s primary in South Carolina, which does not provide registration by party.

If no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote in the race for an office, a runoff will be held on June 28, and voters who participated in that party’s primary will be eligible to vote in the runoff.

Related reporting:  Spartanburg County roads, growth top issues as 3 council members face primary challenges

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Jack Mabry

District 2 (Republican primary contested)

Candidate: Jack A. Mabry/Republican (incumbent) 

Location: Boiling Springs

Occupation: Small Business Owner Insurance Agency

Top issues: The top Issues facing our county is growth crumbling roads these thing are putting pressure on our Infrastructure.

What are your plans if you were elected? My plan is to continue working hard for Economic development in our county bringing in new jobs retaining our worker increasing wages . We strive so hard to give young people a first-class education in all our school district I want to make sure after graduation from high school or college they can come home and find jobs and we get the return on our investment. I also want to continue addressing the crumbling roads and how do we pay for them. At this point we have $77 million in road projects $30 million from a bond. This a first big step since voting out the $25 road fee ,We need other means to continue road work once the courthouse is complete in 2025. We can put the vote to the people to see the one penny sales tax for capitol projects. It will work, but we have to have buy in.

Why should residents vote for you?

Experience. I have served this community for 35 year starting with the Boiling Springs Youth Association as president vice president and served on the board when when Bryant Road Ball Fields were purchased. I then decided to run for District 2 School board where I served 13 years as a trustee and board chair for District 2. We built several new elementary schools, middle and high schools and athletic facilities in Chesnee and Boiling Springs. I have the experience In working on boards where you have different personalities and all come together for the good of the people I represent .

O'Neal Mintz

Candidate: O’Neal Mintz/Republican 

Location: Chesnee

Lived in district: 46 years

Occupation: Self-employed

Top issues: I will push for a 12-month “cooling-off period” or moratorium on any new subdivision permits. Other rapidly growing counties such as Horry, Greenville, and Lexington, have already taken similar actions. This period would allow the Planning Commission the much-needed time to address the challenges created by such rapid growth.