York small businessman throws in name for County council race

Posted March 19, 2014 11:10 pm | Filed under Local News

Former retail manager and current financial planner Robert Winkler has tossed his name in for the District 3 race for York County Council.

Winkler, a financial planner in York, filed for office Tuesday and will challenge incumbent Joe Cox in the June 10 primary.

“I’ve never had the opportunity [to run for office until now],” Winkler said in an interview with WRHI Wednesday. “I’ve been blessed…that my business has grown to the point now where I can schedule a little time do something else.”

Winkler cites infrastructure needs as one of the ongoing issues in the district and how much of the development in York County heads to eastern portions including Rock Hill and Fort Mill.

“We just don’t have anybody championing that,” Winkler said, referring to western York County. “We know we’re not right for every thing that comes along, but we want our name in the hat and for people to know that we do have something to offer here.”

Winkler specifically cites the need for a joint business park along S.C. 5 along the York-Cherokee County Line. S.C. 5 was widened under the 1997 Pennies for Progress program from York to Interstate 85.

“It’s the perfect area for us to get together and do a big multi-county industrial park,” Winkler said. Nearby, Duke Energy has plans to build a new nuclear power plant.

“What I bring to the table is the management and financial background,” Winkler said. “I’m used to looking at where the dollars go.”