2014 commissioner race shaping up

Jan. 07, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

With the start of the 2014 election cycle, at least one elected official has said he will not seek a higher office.

Broadway Mayor Donald Andrews announced Monday he would not run for the Lee County District 2 Commission seat, now held by Commissioner Chairman Charlie Parks.

In an email, Andrews said he's spent several months contemplating a candidacy for the board and spoke to numerous people throughout the county about possibly filing for the office.

"It has truly been a very humbling experience as I talked with folks," Andrews said. "The words of encouragement and support have been overwhelming."

The decision to run or not to run has been difficult, he said, adding it would be a great honor to serve the residents of Lee County as a county commissioner.

"I have prayed for guidance in making the right choice that is best for me and my family," Andrews said. "At the end of the day, I do not feel the time is right for me or my family to seek the office of Lee County Commissioner."

Andrews said he'll continue his work to make Broadway, Sanford and Lee County a better place as he continues to fulfill his term as mayor, which expires in 2015.

Parks said he wasn't aware Andrews was considering running for his seat, and that he's still contemplating if he'll seek re-election.

"I have no idea yet," he said.

Lee County Commissioners Andre Knecht, Robert Reives and Jim Womack all have seats up for grabs this election season.

Reives, who is in his 24th year on the board, said he's received numerous calls of support and that he's got the energy and desire to continue his work.

"With God's grace and mercy, and the continued support, I do intend to run again," he said.

Womack said he's made his decision but has not made an announcement yet.

"I am not going to announce it until after we confer with the (local Republican) party and get it all together," he said. "Maybe in another week or so."

Knecht was appointed to the District 3 seat in fall 2012 when former chairman Linda Shook resigned after moving to Nevada. He did not immediately return calls requesting comment.  

Filing for the 2014 races begins at noon Feb. 10 and continue until noon Feb. 28 at the Lee County Board of Elections, located at 225 S. Steele St. The 2014 primary is scheduled for May 6 and the November election is Nov. 4.