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First-time candidate Sara Eddins has thrown her hat into the ring for the District 6 Lancaster City Council seat now held by Danny O’Brien.
Eddins, 69, who is running unopposed, said her keen interest in Lancaster’s municipal government inspired her to seek office.O’Brien announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking a fourth term.“I think I have some good ideas I could bring to the table,” she said. “My focus is on pipes, potholes, industry and the environment. We desperately need more industry, and I think we need to reach out to all parts of the county and communicate with them, encourage them, to bring new things to Lancaster.“I know there is a master plan in place for replacing the town's infrastructure, and I would like to study it and see if any improvements can be made,” she continued. “If we can solve the problem of the pipes, maybe we can eliminate some of the pothole problems at the same time.”As far as the environment, Eddins is already a member of the City Tree Committee, which she says does a good job of preserving some “wonderful old trees in the area.”“I’d like to see the city more involved in the areas of recycling and preservation,” she said. “We do a lot of that already, but there's always room for more."Eddins, a teacher for 41 years, is now retired from University of South Carolina at Lancaster after being an instructor there for 25 years. She received a bachelor’s degree from Limestone College and a master’s degree in mathematical education from Converse College.She is active in the community as a member of the City Planning Committee, a board member of Habitat for Humanity, a member of the Breakfast Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow) and a volunteer for the Humane Society of Lancaster County and the American Red Cross. She is also a member of the board of trustees at Limestone CollegeEddins and her husband, Mack, have six children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They are members of First ARP Church.