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Lohr Retires From City Council

Longtime Walterboro City Councilman Tom Lohr is announcing his retirement from the city’s political arena, opening his seat to one of six candidates who are now vying to be on council.
Lohr was first elected to the city’s council in 2009. His seat is now up for re-election. However, during an interview with The Colletonian, Lohr says he will not run again for his non-partisan seat because of some medical problems that he is facing. “I don’t want to wear myself out,” he said, citing an incoming back surgery and other medical problems that he described as “mild.”
“I have served two terms on council,” he said. “I am very flattered that I was able to gain the majority of the votes for those two full terms, while not running other people down and staying positive. This time, the main reason that I did not run is that I’m not doing as I want to be doing physically.”
When asked what he is most proud of during his time on council, Lohr says he is happy to have been involved in an action committee that the city comprised several years ago. This committee was a part of their then internal research in determining if more activities were needed for the public.
“This research included looking into the recreation commission, which is county-run, and the library. I was active in that,” he said. “I saw the library is not just a library. They do so many activities there, especially when school is out. I reported all of that back to the council, that I didn’t see there was a whole lot that we needed to do … there were some ideas that were too expensive from the public or were bit a repetitive,” he said, citing a then interest from the public to create a Boys and Girl’s Club. “Some things mentioned at the time were dabbling into the county’s business,” he said, “but overall I was proud to listen what the citizens said and to react to that.
‘The more I researched it, there was a lot to do here,” he added. “I think we did a good job gathering information for the public at the time.” Lohr took that information and gave it to the city’s then Manager Jeff Lord, who created a public survey.
Lohr also says he is happy to have been a part of the city’s ongoing beautification projects at interchanges 53 and 57. “I’m also happy to see more people from the recreation center coming to greater Walterboro for tourneys,” he said. “That all took the support of everyone.”
As for his choice to not run again for council, Lohr says he is not giving his full support to any one candidate. Filing for the city’s upcoming November municipal election has closed: there are six people running for three open seats on council. The three open seats are currently taken by Lohr, Jimmy Syfrett and James Broderick. Both Syfrett and Broderick are again running for their seats, along with political newcomers Greg Pryor, Ben Mitchell and Peggie Hammonds.
The election for Walterboro City Council is a non-partisan election, meaning there is no political affiliation associated with anyone running. The city is also having a mayoral election in November: incumbent Bill Young is running against his challenger, Marguerritte Johnson.

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