Sumner running for second term in City Council District 4

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By Johnathan Ryan

Lancaster City Councilman Bill Sumner said he wants to continue serving the people of the district and the city by running for the District 4 seat again.

He announced his intentions on Tuesday, two days after Tamara "Missy" Green announced she would be seeking the seat. Sumner is now finishing his first full term on council, after completing the unexpired term of the late Councilman Frank Harris in 2004.

Sumner said he enjoys the responsibilities of the position and he wants to continue serving during an interesting time for the city.

"I like City Council and city government. We have some great things going on here," he said.

And Sumner said he is fine with Green opposing him, as it's a part of the process. He just has the drive and dedication to continue, he said.

"I'll be running for the position, not against anybody," he said.

A native of Union, Sumner has lived in Lancaster for 43 years. He started his law enforcement career with the Lancaster Police Department 37 years ago, serving as police chief from 1985 to 1995.

Sumner is especially proud of the city's services – police, fire and public works – and the improvements made in them during his time on council. He's proud of the quality of the city's employees, too.

"We provide great services," Sumner said. "That's what we're in the business to do – serve."

If elected again, Sumner wants to continue working on water and sewer infrastructure, saying a large bit of it is 100 years old and needs to be replaced.

City Council needs to devise special incentives for companies to locate here, just as the county and state has, Sumner said. He said economic development will be a focus of his, if he is elected again.

Sumner is a member of Providence Presbyterian Church of Rock Hill. He is a commissioned lay minister at Old Waxhaw Presbyterian and Wade Memorial Presbyterian churches. He periodically goes on medical mission trips with his church.

He holds an associate's degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from University of South Carolina. Sumner and his wife, Ginny, have two children – a daughter, Casey Cato and a son, Ken Sumner.

Contact reporter Johnathan Ryan at jryan@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416