But in a way those who know Chappell, he won’t go down — or retire — without a sermon on government.
Chappell Tuesday endorsed his hand-picked candidate for York County Council in a decision that may give Rock Hill attorney Christi Cox an edge over opponent Marty Taylor of Fort Mill. Chappell’s endorsement of Cox didn’t come quickly; Chappell said he’s been courting Cox to run for the district five seat for about two years now.
“23 councilmen have come and go in my tenure,” Chappell said. “The reason they went is because they sat on this council for ‘I’, ‘me’, and ‘mine.”
Cox said she doesn’t take Chappell’s endorsement lightly.
“I can tell you that I have a heart for this community,” she said. “I believe in our community and belive we have a huge potential to grow and to be better and I want to be a part of that.”
Cox said she agrees with Chappell’s efforts to fight against out-of-state trash heading into York County landfills, and has been part of the legal team that fought efforts to expand York County’s landfills.
“I’ve lived up to what I promised when I first got on here,” Chappell said. “And we stand as good as anyone in the state.”