The empty slot on Blackville's election ballot has been filled.
Fred Orr, a former math teacher at Blackville-Hilda High School and longtime resident of the town, filed as a write-in candidate for the at-large seat last week. Orr is looking to the fill the void left by Councilman Russ Reed, who is not running for re-election.
In a press release, Orr said, "Before the council seat was left without a candidate, I never considered running for public office. But after prayer and reflection, I believe that I must take this opportunity to step forward and offer my service and dedication in helping the mayor and town council with their continued efforts to improve the town of Blackville."
The release also says Orr graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School and earned both a B.S. and a M.A.T. from the University of South Carolina. He has seminary degrees from Trinity Theological Seminary and Andersonville Baptist Seminary.
"Job creation and support of affordable, safe housing by groups such as the Blackville Community Development Corporation will be top priorities for me," Orr said.
The election will be held Nov. 5. Council members Allen Harrison and Steve Jowers are running for re-election and currently have no opposition.
Anyone wishing to run for office has until Friday to file as a write-in candidate with the town clerk. There is no filing fee for write-in candidates.
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