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INDIAN LAND – Two Indian Land residents have announced their intentions to run for County Council District 1.
Longtime Indian Land resident Alan Patterson and Larry McCullough, a newcomer to Sun City Carolina Lakes, told Indian Land Action Council members at their Monday night meeting that they intend to run for the seat. Both intend to run as Republicans.
Filing for the partisan seats up for election this year will be March 17-31.
Patterson wants to get off sidelines
Patterson, 41, has lived in Indian Land for most of his life. He and his wife, Mary Jo, are Indian Land High School graduates. They have a son, Zachary, a sixth-grader at Indian Land Middle School.
Patterson has been attending County Council meetings for the past three years to keep up with the issues facing the council, particularly in Indian Land.
Patterson said when District 1 Councilman Bryan Vaughn announced last year that he would not run for another term, he decided he would make a run for the seat.
Patterson said he looks forward to running a campaign.
"I'm interested in the process and I'm excited about getting involved and getting off the sidelines," he said.
Patterson is a partner in Brusters Ice Cream of Matthews, N.C., and a sales and service representative for Wikoff Color Corp. in Fort Mill. Wikoff manufactures printing ink for the graphic arts industry.
He is a member of the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department board.
McCullough says he could do a good job
McCullough, 58, is a Mauldin native and has lived in different areas of the country for his work in information technology. He was one of the first residents of Sun City Carolina Lakes, moving to the community in July 2006.
McCullough lives there with his wife, Ann, and mother-in-law, Margaret Short, who many may remember as the 90-year-old who participated in – and finished – a 5K run at last year's Fall into Fun festival at Sun City.
McCullough works in information technology at Wachovia in Charlotte. He was an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church and is now helping start Faith Presbyterian Church in Indian Land.
McCullough is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He has served as president of the Bailiwick homeowner's association in Fort Mill, and has served on boards of directors and president of many volunteer and professional organizations.
"My background has been in leadership," McCullough said. "I definitely believe I could be a good councilman."
He said he had been asked by several people in his neighborhood and the Panhandle to make a run for the seat.
Vaughn, a Republican, was elected to the seat in November 2004 and decided last year that he would not seek reelection.
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