EASLEY – Attorney Jim Robinson announced intentions Friday to seek election to the Ward 6 Easley City Council seat currently held by Dave Watson.
The election is scheduled for Nov. 5 and includes seats 2, 4 and 6 plus one seat on the Easley Combined Utilities Board of Trustees.
In making his announcement Robinson said, “I have spent much of my adult life involved in the civic and charitable life of our community. As a member of city council, I look forward to making decisions and supporting policies that will ensure Easley continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
Those aspects of Easley are things that have kept him here most of his life.
Robinson graduated from Easley high School in 1974, attended Wake Forest University for undergraduate studies and studied law at the University of South Carolina.
“I finished law school and passed the bar and came to work for my father,” Robinson said. His father is long-time Easley attorney Bill Robinson.
“I will work hard to promote the kind of economic development that creates good, permanent jobs. Crucial to that goal is a vibrant downtown that features a mix of restaurants and retail shops. Ensuring the safety and security of our citizens is city government’s most important job. I will make sure our police and fire departments have the equipment, training and support they need to protect our community. If downtown is the heart of a city, then neighborhoods are its soul. I will work to protect and strengthen neighborhoods and preserve the unique character and quality of life we enjoy,” said Robinson.
“As the campaign progresses, I look forward to meeting the voters and listening to their thoughts and ideas about city government. I hope they will give me a chance to earn their trust and their votes and work with me to build a bright future for all our citizens,” Robinson added.
The candidate has served for several years on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. “I have learned a lot from the veterans on that board,” Robinson said.
The experience has taught him about city government and has been part of the inspiration to continue further in city government.
He is a past president of the Easley Rotary Club, on the boards of directors for the Pickens County YMCA, Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce and the community theater.
He is a past member of the City of Easley Voting Commission.
Filing for the Nov. 5 election formally opens at noon July 18 and closes at noon Aug. 1.