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Polk won’t be candidate for reelection

Posted: April 24, 2014 5:31 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Camden City Councilman X. Willard Polk will not run for reelection this November. Polk made the announcement at the end of Tuesday’s Camden City Council work session.

“Hopefully, this announcement will allow time for others to make their plans and do those things necessary to seek office,” Polk said, reading from a prepared statement.

He cited his long years of public service in various capacities as his reason for not running again.

“After spending some 50 years in some for of fashion of public service, and about the last 11 of those with the city, I feel it is time to step aside and seek other opportunities,” Polk said. “I do intend to fulfill my term and will continue to serve with diligence until my term is completed. I hope that I have fulfilled my pledge to those who elected me and who have supported me, and that my efforts have been of benefit to Camden.”

Polk is finishing a single four-year term in office, having been elected in November 2010 and taking his seat on council that December. Prior to serving as councilman, Polk served as a member and chair of the Camden Parks and Streets Commission. He has also served as president of the Camden Tree Foundation, treasurer of the Historic Camden Foundation and secretary/treasurer of the S.C. Archives and History Foundation.

Polk’s public service stretches back to both government and military assignments. He worked as the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division’s director of administration, investigating white collar crime, and a forensic auditor for the agency, investigating insurance fraud issues; he also worked in the state auditor’s office.

Polk also spent 30 years as an engineering officer with the National Guard.

The filing period for city council seats ends July 15, and prospective candidates must turn in a petition to the city clerk containing the signatures of 5 percent of the city’s registered voters by the deadline.

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