2012-05-11 / Front Page

City native enters race for mayor

By lArrY HIllIArD Ledger Staff Writer larry@gaffneyledger.com

SellArS SellArS A retired railroad company engineer is throwing his hat into the ring for the City of Gaffney mayoral race.

Ronnie Sellars, 67, said a number of factors led him to the decision, including the poor condition of city roads, a recent lawsuit filed by a businessman against the city and the city’s plan to pay for land at the Big Mill site that Sellars said the city could have gotten for free.

“There have been things happening in the city,” Sellars said. “It’s the ‘American Dream’ to start a business and it seems like the city is trying to drive (the businessmen) away.”

Sellars will try to unseat 3- term incumbent Henry Jolly.

Sellars knows the community well as a lifelong resident. A graduate of Gaffney High, Sellars also attended a Spartanburg business college.

Sellars said his candidacy has been well received.

“I’ve gotten a lot of support,” he said.

Sellars is married to the former Dale McCraw. They have three children — Todd, Matt and Lori — and five grandchildren.

Filing for city council and mayor begins June 1. The municipal election is slated for Aug. 14.

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