3 seeking open Gray Court Council slot

Three candidates have filed to fill the at-large seat on the Gray Court Town Council left vacant due to the death of veteran councilman Adolphus Brewster.

Joy Neal Craine, David King and Carla Jeanine Shaw will be vying for the seat.

The filing period for the June 9 special election ended at noon Monday.

Craine, a Gray Court native and owner of the Water Lily Day Spa, said she is running on a platform that includes pro-business, support for Gray Court’s families, elders, veterans and children and unity among the town’s citizens.

“From all ethnicities, social classes and of all incomes,” Craine said in a release announcing her candidacy.

King, a U.S. Army veteran and retired human resources professional with Westinghouse/Eaton and Catepillar, said he believes in the potential of Gray Court, but said a lack of sewer is hindering growth even as areas around the town continue to grow.

“The Town of Gray Court has tremendous potential,” he said in his announcement. “We are located on the county line with Greenville County and anyone traveling I-385 toward Fountain Inn can see the growth that is taking place.”

Shaw, a graduate of Laurens District High School and Greenville Technical College, is a Gray Court native.

Attempts to reach Shaw for this story were unsuccessful.

Gray Court council meeting slated

The Gray Court Town Council is to meet today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Town Hall.

The meeting, which will be streamed live on the town’s Facebook page, is limited to town officials, council members and the mayor as well as credentialed members of the media.

“Social distancing will be required of those attending the meeting in person,” the meeting announcement read.

The only item on the meeting agenda is an emergency meeting ordinance, which would allow council members to meet remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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