Monday, March 24, 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.
In a telephone interview with the Independent, Davis said her decision was due to increasing responsibilities in her personal and work life. She said it would likely take away from her public service.
“It wouldn’t be fair to the citizens to do that to them,” Davis said. “I feel very honored to have been given that opportunity for these years.”
She said she is glad she was able to accomplish her goal of increasing transparency of county government — such as online videos of county council meetings.
Davis said that as of right now, she will not be endorsing a candidate for her seat.
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.