Greer’s Mike Barnes announced his candidacy for Greenville County Council District 18, which encompasses Greer, parts of Blue Ridge and Taylors.
Barnes is owner of Barnes Towing for 30 years and is a member of the Greenville County Planning Commission. He said cultivating a business-friendly environment to support existing businesses and recruiting new ones is vital to a prosperous community.
Jerry Balding, candidate for the at-large Greer Commissioner of Public Works held a greet-and-meet today at a “Stomping Out the Issues” at The Stomping Grounds on Trade Street.
Balding greeted friends and supporters to discuss issues and introduce himself and his campaign.
Amanda Somers filed today to run for South Carolina Senate District 5. Somers announced her bid at a noon press conference at Sports Spine & Industrial Physical Therapy (SSI), which she co-owns.
“I don’t want to be a politician, I want to be a statesman,” Somers told her supporters. “The state needs to run more like a business. We need smaller government and we need more efficiency.”
Rick Danner filed today to seek a fourth term as mayor of the City of Greer.
Danner joins the remaining City Council incumbents who have filed for the July 24 municipal election. Jay Arrowood (District One), Kimberly Bookert (District Two) and Wryley Bettis (District Five) previously filed. To date there are all running unopposed. The filing deadline is noon on April 20.
Kimberly Bookert (District 3) has filed for re-election in the July 24 municipal election and Joe Baldwin (District 18) has filed to retain his seat for Greenville County Council.
Bookert’s filing means that all incumbent city council members, Jay Arrowood (District One) and Wryley Bettis (District 5) are running for re-election.
Jay Arrowood and Wryley Bettis, incumbents from Greer City Council and Jerry Balding, a candidate for Commissioner of Public Works filed today for the July 24 municipal election. Filing began at noon today and continues through April 20 at noon.
Arrowood, District One councilman, is seeking a third term. Bettis, District Five councilman, is seeking his fourth. It is Balding’s first entry into politics.
Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette filed this afternoon to continue serving as the chief criminal prosecutor for Spartanburg and Cherokee counties.
The 21-year veteran of the local criminal justice system is participating in his first general election later this year. Barnette was appointed solicitor in 2011.
Jerry Balding, former general manager at the Greer Commission of Public Works (CPW) announced he will be a candidate for the Commissioner of CPW. Election to fill the seat is July 24.
Balding and candidates for the municipal election must file at City Hall beginning March 21 through April 20. The city of Greer postponed the 2010 general election to allow city council to redraw the boundaries of the districts to reflect changes in the population based on the 2010 census.