Gaye Sprague will not seek re-election to City Council

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UPDATE: Shortly after Sprague’s announcement, Greenville businessman John DeWorken said he planned to run as a Republican to succeed her. See below for full details.

Greenville City Councilwoman Gay Sprague announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election.

Sprague, who serves as Vice Mayor Pro Tem, held one of the two at-large seats on the Council. She was first elected in 2009.

The primary to fill Sprague’s council seat in will occur in June 2017 with the general election in November 2017.

“If you give Greenville City Council the service it deserves, it takes a lot of time,” said Sprague, who is also owner and principal of Sprague & Sprague Consulting Engineers, a Greenville firm specializing in traffic engineering and civil engineering. “I have had to ask for lots of patience from my family, friends and clients, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with all of them. There are also benefits to a community for a variety of perspectives to be represented on City Council. I think my perspectives as an engineer, small business owner, and longtime community volunteer were well-timed, but Greenville has a deep talent pool of amazing people from which I am confident a new council member will bring a new set of perspectives.”

John DeWorken

Shortly after Sprague’s announcement, Greenville businessman John DeWorken said he planned to run as a Republican to succeed her.

DeWorken, 44, is a Michigan native who graduated from Clemson University.

“She’s worked really hard as a servant leader — leading by serving more than just leading to lead,” he said of Sprague.

Formerly, DeWorken was vice president of the Greenville Chamber and the Upstate Chamber Coalition, vice chair of the Greenville Transit Authority, legislative director of the South Carolina Senate Transportation Committee and associate vice president of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

He is owner and partner of Sunnie and DeWorken, a government relations and pro-business advocacy firm.

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