Thursday, March 27, 2014
The race for Berkeley County Council’s Sangaree seat is wide open after the incumbent has announced she will not seek reelection.
Councilwoman Cathy Davis made the announcement during March 17’s Berkeley County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting. Davis was first elected in 2006 to District 6. So far three other Republicans have filed for the seat, seeking the party’s nomination in the June 10 primary. Deadline for filing closes March 30.
Davis’ decision likely surprised a lot of people, according to Berkeley County GOP Chair Terry Hardesty. He described Davis as “very effective” and “well-informed.” He said that her reserved demeanor on council belied the fact that she did her homework and worked hard for her constituents.
According to Hardesty, Davis’ decision to step down was a matter of time commitments.
“With her work, she’s not going to have the time necessary to commit to being a councilwoman,” Hardesty said. “Rather than leave the people of that district without someone who can devote the time necessary, she stepped down and I think it’s a very honorable thing to do.”
True to Hardesty’s description of her as anti-publicity-seeking, Davis did not return multiple phone calls seeking comment.
The declared Republican candidates seeking the nomination to run for District 4 are James Royce, Tommy Newell and Aldo Napoli, all of which have already filed.
Newell released this statement on Davis’ decision not to run:
“I appreciate all the work Ms. Cathy has done for Berkeley County and I wish her the very best on her future endeavors.”
Napoli also released a statement:
“Anybody who takes the amount of time needed to be an active member of a County Council deserves respect. During my campaign for the district that she currently represents I run into more and more instances of people telling me good that Mrs. Davis did for her community.”
In other election news, Republican County Councilman Jack Schurlknight of District 6 will have two opponents in June. James Law and Baron Thomas have both filed to run for the Republican nomination. Schurlknight was first elected to the Moncks Corner seat in 2006.