Promise of new ideas

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 08:13 AM

With his first bid for public office, 29-year-old Chas Post wants to move Sanford forward with enthusiasm and new ideas.

“I feel like I will be energized and engaged, and I will bring solutions and ideas to the (Sanford City) Council,” Post said. “And a fresh approach to leadership.” 

Post, a local attorney, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Sanford City Council at-large district seat and faces incumbent L.I. “Poly” Cohen in the Sept. 10 primary. The Democratic winner will campaign against the Republican nominee, either Keith Clark or Max Dolan in the general election.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a political science degree, Post attended the Charlotte School of Law as a charter member of its inaugural class.

“We considered ourselves pioneers,” Post said. “We had to start all of the clubs and start all the organizations. It allowed me to really get a good grasp on what it takes to be a leader because we were all leaders. Because we started the school, basically. So I thought that was pretty cool and I’ll always cherish that.”

After passing the bar in 2010 and a brief stint at a Charlotte law firm, Post moved back to Sanford to work at his family law firm, Doster, Post, Silverman, Foushee & Post with his father, Chip Post.

“I was fortunate enough to move back to Sanford,” he said.

A noticeable difference upon his return, he said, was the political climate.

“There have been a lot of outside forces that have taken control over certain aspects of our county and city,” Post said. “And, I personally believe, those outside forces have taken a step back. If elected, I will stand up to those outside forces, specifically the majority of the (Lee County Board of Commissioners) and certain legislators up in Raleigh, who I don’t believe have the best interest of Sanford at heart.”

Post said he likes to get along with everyone, but that he refused to be bullied.

“Politics is in my blood,” Post said. “I was built for this. I feel like I was born to lead. I was in the student government in law school and used to love going around to the Democratic Party functions. ... My drive for success and perseverance to move forward could impact Sanford in a positive way.”

Outside of work, Post said he enjoys spending time with his family, friends and his wife, Kim. A self-proclaimed Carolina Panthers fan, Post said he’s excited for the coming season and also follows the New York Yankees and Carolina Hurricanes.

If elected, he said he’d focus on bringing high-quality jobs to the area and addressing crime.

“It’s no secret that crime is an issue,” Post said. “I am hearing a lot of things from certain communities and I’d like to empower these groups to address the root causes of these violent crimes. I am not opposed to holding community meetings on a regular basis to address the root cause.”

The city has excellent police and fire departments, he said, adding they should be given the tools to keep the city safe.