City council forum: Ward 5 candidates differ little in ideology

Posted October 2, 2013 2:24 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Two of the three candidates vying to replace retiring city councilman Osbey Roddey faced off Tuesday night in a forum at the Emmett Scott Center.

Mildred Moore and Ann Williamson-Morrison debated issues surrounding storm water runoff, public safety and development for over an hour at the forum sponsored by the Rock Hill NAACP. Just over 70 people packed the 1,100-seat auditorium.

On the subject of sidewalks, both Morrison and Moore agree more are needed in the city’s fifth ward, but differ on the way of going about it.

Moore, a retired educator, says there are creative ways to find someone to pay for those sidewalks.

While Morrison, a retired flight attendant, said if sidewalks are needed that bad — a little tough love at City Hall can work just as well.

Both agree with a recent decision by city council to move forward with a plan to double the salaries of council members and the mayor — salaries that have remain unchanged since 1988.

Moore, Morrison and Nikita Jackson are in a three-way race for the Ward 5 seat. Jackson opted not to attend Tuesday’s forum.

The city council election is set for October 15.