The race is officially on for Greenville County Council, as two candidates — one newcomer, one incumbent — have filed their candidacy for the 2020 election.
The newcomer is Ben Carper, who is challenging Democrat incumbent Ennis Fans for the District 25 seat in the Westside District.
A realtor, Christian preacher and lifelong resident of the Westside, Carper said he wanted to open up the Westside to join in on the business growth seen elsewhere in Greenville. While not directly mentioning his opponent Fant, Carper cited a lack of leadership as the reason why the Westside has been “ignored and left out of that fast-paced economic growth that Greenville County has enjoyed in recent years.”
“I love Greenville County and its Westside,” Carper said in a press release.
Carper also cited protecting individual liberty and property as a major theme of his candidacy.
The incumbent who just entered the race is District 21 Greenville County Councilman Rick Roberts, who announced his candidacy to retain his seat “after prayerful consideration with family and friends.”
“I want to continue to be the people’s voice for reform on County Council,” Roberts said in a press release. “People are frustrated with the lack of transparency and spending.”
Saying he would fight to make sure county government is “more efficient and more accountable,” Roberts cited his record of implementing oversight of county spending and his support for local law enforcement.
He also mentioned traffic abatement as a crucial area of focus moving forward.
“I speak with families every week that are frustrated with the time they have to spend in traffic,” Roberts said. “We need a strategic plan that includes municipalities, transportation officials and local business and community leaders to ensure our infrastructure needs are met.”
Assuming schedules don’t change due to the coronavirus pandemic, the primaries for County Council will be held June 9, with the possible runoffs slated for June 23. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 3.