McCoy changes address

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Former senate candidate moves out of District 16

By Jesef Williams

One of the candidates who ran for the District 16 state Senate seat has since moved back outside the district. 

Rob McCoy, who sought the Republican nomination, has changed his permanent address from Lancaster to Heath Springs, according to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. 

He completed an application for voter registration form from the DMV, requesting a change to 2460 Fork Hill Road in Heath Springs. 

The form was signed Feb. 28 – six days after Greg Gregory won the District 16 primary. 

Questions about McCoy’s residency heightened as last month’s primary neared. McCoy was said to have changed his address to Shiloh Unity Road in Lancaster, though residents questioned if he ever lived in that house. 

However, according to state law, a person legally resides at the address listed on his or her voter registration card. It doesn’t matter if that person sleeps at that home or not. 

“I was very open about the fact that I moved (to Lancaster) to run for the District 16 seat,” McCoy said in an e-mail. “This was disclosed in the initial announcement that (The Lancaster News) covered.” 

The News asked McCoy why he changed his address back to Heath Springs and his thoughts on now not being able to vote in the District 16 election. 

He responded: “At the end of the day, I moved (to Lancaster) because of my desire to be a public servant for Lancaster County, and I felt that District 16 was the best way to do that in the Senate,” McCoy said. “I hope to stay involved and encourage other conservatives to become involved as well.” 

He also shared his views on what he says are gerrymandered lines “drawn by career politicians in order to get only the people they want elected.”  He said that’s one of the reasons he believes the state needs term limits. 

“We have a political system that allows the politician to choose whom they represent instead of the people choosing who will represent them,” he said. 

Seeking elected office 

McCoy, a local car salesman, also sought the District 44 state House seat, which was won by incumbent Democrat Jimmy Neal.

He was one of five Republicans who ran for the District 16 Senate seat, which Gregory, a Lancaster resident, held for 16 years. 

Gregory now faces Democrat Keith Brann and Libertarian Stan Smith in the April 12 special election. 

 District 16 covers most of Lancaster County, Fort Mill and other areas of eastern York County.