Filing for this year’s city elections ended Monday at noon, and two of the three City Council races on the ballot this year will be contested.

The primary is June 11. The general election is Nov. 5.

Here are the candidates:

City Council District 1

Two candidates filed to replace incumbent Amy Ryberg Doyle as representative of the district that covers the North Main area as well as the area near Bob Jones University. Doyle did not file for re-election.

Greenville businessman and former North Main Community Association President John DeWorken filed as a Republican. DeWorken ran unsuccessfully for an at-large council seat in 2017.

Attorney Matt Johnson, a former Greenville Planning Commission and city Residential Infill Task Force member, is running as a Democrat.

City Council District 3

Attorney Ken Gibson filed as a Democrat.

Incumbent Jil Littlejohn did not seek re-election. Littlejohn has held the seat since 2009.

City Council At-large

Two Democrats — Dorothy Dowe and Lindsey Jacobs — will face off in the primary for the right to go up against incumbent Republican George Fletcher in the general election.

Dowe is an engineer and director of two educational consultant companies, Strategic Vendors Academic Planning and Consulting, and Got Math?. She is president of the Alta Vista Neighborhood Association, a member of the Greenville Public Safety Citizen Review Board, and a former director of the League of Women Voters.

Jacobs is the policy and advocacy director for Public Education Partners. She serves on the GVL2040 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, the Greenville County Board of Zoning Appeals, and the South Carolina Food Policy Council. She is the founder of the Greenville Food and Farm Coalition and co-founded the Greenville Civic Project.

Fletcher, a retired engineer and former head of South Carolina’s Council on Competitiveness, is completing his first term on council.


Knox White, an immigration lawyer who is a partner in the Haynsworth, Sinkler & Boyd law firm, is running for his seventh term as mayor. He is running unopposed.

Commissioner of Public Works

Incumbent Deb Sofield, is unopposed. She served as an appointed ex-officio member of the commission from 1999 to 2007, and was elected to her first term in 2008. She served two terms on the Greenville City Council. Sofield is a nationally-known corporate speaking and presentations coach.

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