John DeWorken takes another run at a Greenville City Council seat

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John DeWorken

John DeWorken served as president of the North Main Community Association for the past two years and as a board member for four.

Now, he wants to represent the area on the Greenville City Council.

DeWorken, who ran unsuccessfully for an at-large council seat during the 2017 municipal election, is running for the City Council District 1 seat as a Republican. District 1 includes the North Main area as well as the area around Bob Jones University.

He will face attorney Matt Johnson in the Nov. 5 general election.

DeWorken’s list of top issues facing the city — strengthening neighborhoods, managing growth, and addressing traffic and affordable housing — haven’t changed from when he ran two years ago.

He said that as neighborhood president he fought for safer neighborhoods; park improvements, including North Main Rotary Park; enhanced green spaces; and for improving major arteries, such as Wade Hampton Boulevard and Stone Avenue. He worked to slow cars down, fought against commercial creep, and fought for better and safer crosswalks.

“As a former neighborhood president, I fully understand the importance to ensure our neighborhoods are safe, green, and protected,” he said. “I will unapologetically fight to make sure our neighborhoods have the strongest voice on City Council.”

DeWorken said the city needs to “plan smartly and execute wisely” when it comes to growth.

“We must deliberately think before adding more apartments downtown; we must address traffic issues, enhance our commercial corridors, stop commercial creep into our neighborhoods, support affordable housing solutions, and adequately fund Greenlink [the public transportation system],” he said on his campaign website.

DeWorken is a partner in The Sunnie & DeWorken Group, a pro-business, South Carolina-based government relations and advocacy firm. He served as vice president of government relations and communications for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Upstate Chamber Coalition before starting his own business. He also served as vice chairman of the Greenville Transit Authority board. He is a Leadership Greenville graduate.

His campaign website is johndeworken.com.

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