UNION COUNTY — Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair says he will seek a second term.
Appointed to the office to serve out the unexpired term of his predecessor, Sinclair has served as supervisor since Nov. 2009 and won the office in his own right in 2010.
On Monday, citing his experience and commitment to accountable and responsible government, Sinclair announced that he’s running for a second term as supervisor.
“This decision was made after careful evaluation of my personal and professional situation in life,” Sinclair said. “I believe that I have the experience in local government and the established contacts and relationships with other local leaders and at the regional and state levels to be of continued service to our community.
“I ran before on a plan of real reform for responsible government,” he said. “I hope that I have demonstrated that as I have served you and this community the last four years.”
While there has been resistance to his plan for governmental reform and while he would do some things differently if he had them to do over, Sinclair said he is pleased with what had been achieved since he took office.
“Absolutely, if I could redo the last four years again I would do some things differently,” Sinclair said. “While the resistance that sometimes comes with changes at reform for accountable and responsible government have certainly had some challenges, the rewards and satisfaction of the outcomes far outweigh the challenges.”
Sinclair said that even more satisfying than the successes of the past five years has been his interaction with the people who have made those successes possible.
“That satisfaction is only surpassed by the humility that I experience daily as I work with and am reminded of the effort, ability, and contribution that is is exhibited at all levels by the great people of our community,” Sinclair said. “On appointment and then election to this position I commented and believed that we absolutely had the people and the resolve from within to take care of and grow our community. I believe that more today than ever.”
Sinclair said it was this belief that inspired him to seek reelection.
“With that belief and resolve I seek reelection with the intent and pledge that we approach the next four years together and build on what we have established together,” Sinclair said. “We can transform our community where our actions and even culture demonstrate that ‘good enough’ is never good enough.
“There is strength in a union,” he said. “There is special strength in our Union. I ask you that you let me continue to be part of Union’s strength.”
Prior to his appointment as supervisor, Sinclair retired from the Union County School District as assistant superintendent. He also served five years as commanding general of the 228th Signal Brigade of the S.C. National Guard.
A Union County native, Sinclair holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Winthrop University and a Master’s and Education Specialist from Clemson University.
Sinclair is married and he and his wife, Kathie, have three children and nine grandchildren. The Sinclairs are members of Grace United Methodist Church.
In announcing his candidacy, Sinclair did not state his party affiliation. He said he would do so in the near future and that it would be based on his determination of what is in the best interests of Union County.
“I was appointed by a Republican governor and I ran as a Democrat in 2010,” Sinclair said. “In 2012, when all those candidates, Democrat and Republican, were removed from the ballot because of the Supreme Court ruling on filing with their parties I declared myself an independent in protest.
“I will state my party affiliation for this year in a few days,” he said. “My party affiliation will be based on what I think is best for Union County.”
The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held June 10. Filing for the primaries opened at noon Sunday and will close at noon on Sunday, March 30.
Anyone wanting to run one for one of the partisan offices on the primary ballot must bring their statement of intention of candidacy and party pledge form to the Registrar’s Office. The form is available at scvotes.org and at the Registrar’s Office.
In addition to the form, candidates must also bring their filing fee. The fees are also listed on the scvotes.org website.
For more information about filing to run for partisan office in the primaries and general election, contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.