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Senn to challenge Stankus for Laurens mayor

Nathan Senn

Laurens attorney Nathan Senn launched his campaign for mayor of Laurens Friday afternoon and will challenge incumbent John Stankus in the upcoming municipal election in March.

“I made the decision to run for mayor because I believe that we are at a turning point,” Senn said in a release. “With strong leadership and by making wise decisions, we can turn a corner and really take advantage of the tremendous potential Laurens has to offer.”

Senn, 35, is a Laurens native and graduate of Clemson University and the Charleston School of Law. He is currently chair of the Maine Street Laurens Board and an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Laurens.

The filing period for the March 5 municipal election began at noon Friday and is to run through noon this Friday, Jan. 4.

Stankus announced his plans to seek a second four-year term as mayor during last week’s city council meeting.

This is Senn’s first foray into local politics since returning to the area and opening his law practice in Laurens in 2017.

“As mayor, I plan to actively recruit business and investment to our city,” Senn said. “I intend to be ‘Cheerleader-in-Chief’ for Laurens so that everyone knows this truly is a great place to live and work. And while it is important to attract new business, I also believe that it is important to support the businesses that are already here. Not only should we encourage them, but I intend to do my part to make sure that they are not unnecessarily hampered by red-tape and disorganization. . . . I will bring an open mind and fresh energy to the mayor’s office, focusing on solutions and encouraging growth rather than just managing a gradual decline. I want this city to be ap lace that all its citizens are proud to call home.

“I believe in Laurens. I can offer leadership for the issues we face now, and I have a clear vision for our future – and it is bright.”

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