Election filing window closes absent of one big name in York Co. politics

Posted March 30, 2014 12:00 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

curwood_chappellAfter more than 20 years serving on York County Council — one of its most outspoken and powerful members is exiting politics.

Curwood Chappell, now 84, did not file for re-election by the noon deadline Sunday. A 10:50 a.m. phone call to his southern York County home questioning his intentions yielded no results.

Chappell was one known to deciding whether or not he will run at the very last minute, say sources close to the Chappell family.

Calls following the noon deadline to the Chappell family home went unanswered. During his tenure in office, Chappel was an staunch opponent of the ThermaChem plant in southern York County, later leading the effort to close the facility. Chappell also worked to block what he described as a “dirty” CSX Rail intermodal facility in York County, as well as the construction of a new landfill near S.C. 901 and Mount Holly Road.

Chappell was also on council when the county moved towards the construction of solid waste convenience centers in an effort to stop illegal dumping. “We had a county management problem that served only special interests by abusing zoning powers and manipulating property and acting like a little Hitler to the public,” Chappell said. In recent years, he has since opposed an extension of Dave Lyle Blvd. into Lancaster County and has been an ardent supporter of individual rights.

The county council race — minus its powerful incumbent — will now be decided by a republican primary on June 10. Attorney Christi Cox and Fort Mill building inspector Marty Taylor are both running for the seat. Robert Bobby Cox filed for the seat early on, but later withdrew to run for the S.C. House of Representatives to challenge incumbent John King.