Change coming to Kershaw council

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Two members won't seek re-election

By Jesef Williams

KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council will have a different look this year.

Two of its members have chosen not to seek re-election. They are District 3 Councilman Randy Seegars and District 4 Councilman Morris Russell.

Seegars, who’s in his first term, said his health is the sole reason he’s not seeking re-election. He’s dealing with knee issues and a hernia, and has two upcoming surgeries, he said.

Within the last year, he believes he’s missed five or six Town Council meetings for health reasons.

If not for the medical issues, Seegars said he would have sought a second term.

“I just didn’t feel like running this year,” Seegars, 63, said. “It’s a little too much on me.”

However, there will be a three-person race for that seat between Jody Connell, Charles R. Stroud and William H. Walters II.

New face for District 4

Russell, also in his first term, could not run again for his seat because he has since moved outside the district.

Russell, Lancaster County’s emergency management director, said he’ll be able to use the upcoming free time to focus on several work-related projects.

He believes those efforts – such as vying for grants – will keep him busy.

Russell, 45, sees himself running again for Kershaw Town Council in 2015.

“It’s not going to hurt me to take a breather,” he said.

Harvey Truesdale is the only person running for the District 4 seat.

Meanwhile, Councilman Eddie Coates is running unopposed as he seeks re-election for his At-Large seat.

The election is March 19.

Photo ID required

The town of Kershaw has its own election commission, which allows it to have its own election season.

Next month’s election will be the first in Lancaster County in which voters will have to show a picture ID at the polling place. The requirement is a result of a statewide law that took effect Jan. 1.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152