3 running for Chapin mayor after first day of filing

The Town of Chapin will have at least three people in the race for Mayor.

Friday was the first day individuals could file paperwork to run for the office in the Lexington County community. Two individuals announced plans to run – Shayla Flores and David W. Knight.  Current Mayor Skip Wilson also plans to run for re-election.

Flores graduated from Chapin High School and is currently a student at the College of Charleston. According to her press release. Flores said subjects of interest in college are political science and urban studies.

“I have a passion for the Town of Chapin and preserving what makes it a special place to live,” said Flores. “Chapin continues to grow and that is what we want, but we need to ensure that we are creating new neighbors, not just new residents.”

Knight is a former Town of Chapin attorney and continues a civil practice there as well. He was also one of the founding members of the Chapin Kiwanis Club.

“I want to bring democracy back to Chapin government,” said Knight. “I will restore a close working relationship between the mayor and the town council and give the public, whether or not they are town residents, an opportunity to be heard before council concerning items on the agenda, as well as other matters of concern”

The filing period runs through noon, Aug. 25.  The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Chapin Town Hall. The mayor and two council positions will be on the ballot.

“There are no districts in Chapin so the top two vote-getters will be the winners for the council seats,” explained Karen Owens, Chapin Communications and Economic Development Director.

Winners will take office on January 1, 2018.

Campaign photos from Wilson, Flores, and Knight.