UNION COUNTY — The chief of the Carlisle Fire Department and former member of the Carlisle Town Council is running for the Democratic nomination for the District 2 Union County Council seat.
In a statement released this week, John Glenn announced his candidacy, citing his more than two decades of service to the community, including four years as a member of the Carlisle Town Council and more than a quarter of a century as a firefighter.
“I am running for the District 2 Democratic nomination for Union County Council,” Glenn said. “I have worked in public service all my life, serving the community in several different capacities.
“I have served as a fireman for twenty-eight years and have been fire chief for seven years in the Town of Carlisle under the Carisle Fire District,” he said. “As a former Carlisle Town Council member, this has enabled me to interact and build a rapport not only with the citizens in the Carlisle Community, but also throughout Union County.”
Glenn said if elected he will work to improve the county’s roads, healthcare and educational systems, and economic opportunities.
“While Union County continues to be a great place to live, we still face many challenges,” Glenn said. “That is why I am running for Union County Council. My focus will be on improving education, healthcare, repairing of roads, training preparation for potential job opportunities, and bringing new business to Union County.”
Glenn said that as a member of council he would also emphasize helping prepare the county’s youth for the future and improving the community’s overall quality of life.
“In my experience working with children as a little league baseball coach, it is important that we focus on today’s youth so that they may be better prepared for tomorrow’s career opportunities,” Glenn said. “My ultimate goal is to improve the overall quality of life for the people I hope to serve in Union County.”
Glenn is a 1991 graduate of Union High School and also a graduate of York Technical College. He has worked for Boral Stone Products for 15 years and serves as a trustee for Carlisle Christian Fellowship Church.
The District 2 seat is currently held by Union County Councilman Ralph Tucker who announced last week that he is running for reelection. Also running for the District 2 seat is James R. Rice. Like Glenn, Tucker and Rice are seeking the Democratic nomination for the District 2 seat.
With his announcement, Glenn brings to 11 the number of persons who have formally announced their bids for county or state legislative offices in Union County.
District 3 Union County Councilman Tommy Ford has has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for a fourth term on council. He is being challenged for the District 3 seat by Republican David Sinclair.
Jeff Bailey announced earlier this week that he is running as a Republican for Union County Sheriff. While he has not formally declared his candidacy, Union County Sheriff David Taylor, a Democrat, has said that he plans to run for a third term.
Amy Austin and Melanie Lawson have both announced that they are running for Union County Clerk of Court with Austin running as a Republican and Lawson as a Democrat. The Clerk of Court’s Office is currently held by Clerk of Court June Miller, a Democrat, who has said she will not be a candidate for reelection.
Mark Cathcart and Tommy Mann have both announced that they are running for the Republican nomination for the SC House District 42 seat. The District 42 seat is currently held by Rep. Mike Anthony, a Democrat, who has yet to formally announce whether or not he will seek reelection.
Tommie Hill has announced that he is running for the Democratic nomination for the Union County Council District 2 seat. The seat is currently held by Councilman Randall “Chump” Hanvey, a Democrat, who has yet to formally announce whether or not he will seek reelection.
Both the Republican and Democratic parties will hold their primaries to nominate candidates for local, state and federal office. The following local, state and federal offices will also be on the ballot in the June primaries and in the November general election:
• US House of Representatives District 5 — Incumbent is Republican Mick Mulvaney.
• SC Senate District 13 — Incumbent is Republican Shane Martin.
• SC Senate District 14 — Incumbent is Republican Harvey Peeler.
• SC Senate District 18 — Incumbent is Republican Ronnie Cromer.
• Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor — Incumbent is Republican Kevin Brackett.
• Union County Council District 6 — Incumbent is Democrat Kacie Petrie.
Filing for candidates seeking to run in either the Democratic or Republican primaries opens March 16 and closes at noon March 30.
The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held on June 14. Runoffs for any nominations not decided in the primaries will be held June 28.
Voters who want to vote in June cannot vote in both primaries and must choose to vote in either the Democratic primary or the Republican primary.
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