Former Kershaw leaders still not talking about resignations

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By Jenny Arnold

KERSHAW – Kershaw officials still aren’t saying anything about why they resigned their posts on Monday.

“I don’t care to make a comment,” said former mayor Tommy Baker on Thursday. He served the town for four years.

His mother, Rose Marie Baker, also resigned her post as councilwoman, after serving eight years serving District 2. She’s also not talking.

“We’re not going to make a comment. There’s just too many things,” she said Thursday.

Former Councilman Lewis “Jabo” Sims, an at-large representative, and town attorney Bob Davis also resigned Monday.

The former mayor and council members turned in letters of resignation to Davis before Monday night’s Town Council meeting, while Davis announced his resignation at the end of the meeting.

Davis said he had been thinking about resigning for a while, and with new Councilmen Morris Russell and Randy Seegars being sworn in Monday, Davis thought it was the right time to leave his post.

Two years remained in the mayor and council members terms.

Special election to be set

A special election will have to be held to fill the seats, since more than 180 days remain in the terms.

It takes about three months to set a date for a special election, and allow for candidate filing and voter registration before the election.

Reaction from residents to the sudden resignations has been mixed. Many residents have commented on The Lancaster News’ Web site, www.thelancasternews.com.  

Some said the Bakers and Sims worked diligently for the town and it flourished under their leadership.

Others pointed to vacant buildings in the downtown area and lack of economic development as symbols of their service.

“Hopefully, as we re-elect these positions, we will do a better job as a community of electing people who truly care about us and not themselves,” wrote one reader.

“Our town looks better and more has been accomplished under this administration,” another reader said.


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