Filing for open Kershaw seats begins May 4

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By Jenny Arnold

KERSHAW – Kershaw’s special Town Council election is scheduled for July 21.

The four council members held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss the design of the new Town Hall and election date.

A special election is needed after the resignations of Tommy Baker as mayor, and his mother, Rose Marie Baker, and Jabo Sims as council members. The Bakers and Sims resigned shortly before council’s April 6 meeting.

Because more than 180 days are left in each of the terms, a special election is needed.

The filing period for mayor, the District 2 council seat vacated by Rose Marie Baker and Sims’ at-large seat will be from May 4 to June 1, Town Administrator Tony Starnes said. The seats are non-partisan.

Tommy Baker had served as mayor for four years. Rose Marie Baker had served eight years on council, and Sims for four years.

None of them have commented publicly on why they resigned.

Their resignations came in about 90 minutes before new Councilmen Morris Russell and Randy Seegars were sworn in to council.

Starnes has said it’s possible the three resigned because of potential power struggles with the new members.

Former Town Attorney Bob Davis resigned the same night, at the end of the council meeting.

Davis said with his private law practice and serving as a judge for the city of Lancaster, he was busy and felt it was a good time to step down from the town post.

Filing for the open council seats will be done at Kershaw’s temporary Town Hall, 212 E. Marion St.

For details about the election, call Starnes at (803) 475-6065.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jarnold@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151