Post announces candidacy for City Council

Sanford lawyer says city needs fresh faces, ideas
Jun. 05, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

When it comes to seeking a spot on the Sanford City Council, local attorney Norman "Chas" Post III said, "The time is now."

Post, 29, announced his candidacy for the council on Tuesday. In November, he will pursue the at-large seat now held by L.I. "Poly" Cohen.

"I think Sanford could use a fresh face, fresh vision, fresh ideas," Post said.

Cohen said he intends to campaign for a second term on the council, and that Post had previously told him of his plans. Cohen said he expects the contest to be civil.

"Not from me, there's not going be any nasty politics," he said Tuesday. "It's just going to be a good race."

Post, who graduated from Charlotte School of Law in 2009 and worked in Charlotte for a year and a half before returning to his native Sanford, now works with his father and others in Doster, Post, Silverman, Foushee & Post, P.A, handling criminal law cases. He said his platform will focus on three main goals: attracting jobs, revitalizing downtown Sanford and supporting police and firefighters.

The objectives overlap, Post said, because low crime and attractive areas are key factors in economic development. He said that the number-one thing the city needs to accomplish those goals is a solid plan, which is why he also supports the millions of dollars in bond referendums for various revitalization projects that may also appear on November's ballot.

"We have to have a plan and a vision for Sanford in the future, specifically for downtown," he said, adding that any plan should include working with local fire and police officials to ensure they have everything they need to keep Sanford safe. "I'm in court every day, so I get to see; I get brought into daily contact with law enforcement officers and hear what they have to say. I'll support them."

Post returned to Sanford in 2011 but was born and raised in town, graduating from Lee County High School in 2002 before heading to UNC-Wilmington and then Charlotte.

"Throughout my life, I've had the opportunity to live in a lot of different places, but I chose to come back home because I love where I'm from," he wrote in a prepared statement. "I hope I can play a role in making Sanford a place that affords that opportunity to everyone who wants it."

He and Cohen are both registered Democrats. Elections for the council are now non-partisan, but a local bill that Rep. Mike Stone proposed earlier this year would make them partisan and could force a primary in this race and the mayoral race between incumbent Cornelia Olive and Chet Mann, who are also both Democrats.

The proposed law would create partisan races for the Sanford City Council and the Lee County Board of Education. If a primary is required, it's unclear when it would take place. The bill passed the House and is now in the Senate's State and Local Government Committee.