Fort Mill town councilman resigns to move to Hawaii

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comJuly 1, 2014 

Nathan Blythe

— Nathan Blythe resigned from the Fort Mill Town Council on Tuesday because he will be moving outside the ward he represents – about 5,000 miles outside his ward.

Blythe and his wife are moving to Hawaii.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” he said. “We’re going to miss Fort Mill. We’ve been here a long time, but we’re excited to start an adventure out there.”

Blythe has represented Ward 1 on the Town Council since 2012. Ward 1 stretches from downtown Fort Mill westward across Interstate 77. He had more than two years remaining on his four-year term.

He moved to Fort Mill in 2000. He works in the insurance business and his wife is a nurse – jobs Blythe said allow some flexibility in where they live. They plan to move July 9, and his last day in office will be July 8.

Alan Helms, York County’s deputy elections director, said his office hopes to set dates soon for candidate filing deadlines and a special election to fill the Ward 1 post.

State law requires filing to start at noon on the third Friday after the seat comes open, running 10 days. An election should be held 13 Tuesdays after the resignation notice. That would place the special election in early October.

Candidates must live in Ward 1, but the election is held city-wide.

“The entire town will vote for that seat,” Helms said.

Blythe believes his biggest accomplishments in his time on the Town Council have been the hiring of a new town manager shortly after he began, and the acquisition of 27 acres for recreational use as part of the Waterside on the Catawba annexation.

“That was crucial that we got that space,” he said.

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