Jim Stone to run for Mayor of Darlington
Jim Stone announces candidacy for Mayor of Darlington.
Jim Stone, along with his family and supporters, are pleased to announce his candidacy for Mayor of Darlington. Besides attending the University of South Carolina on a track scholarship and serving in the Air Force, Stone has lived, and worked, his entire life within the city limits of Darlington.
He is a lifetime member of First Baptist Church where he currently serves as a Trustee and member of the Personnel Committee. Always civic-minded, Stone is a Board Member and Attendance Clerk of the Darlington Kiwanis Club; American Legion, Finance Officer; Lifetime Member of St. David’s Lodge; Darlington Veterans’ Memorial Committee Member, and a Darlington Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Recipient.
Stone served 12 years on the Darlington County Council, with one year as Vice-Chairman and six years as Chairman. He served multiple years on the Pee Dee Regional Council of Government as an Executive Board Member. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Government Level 1 and Level 2. Having been employed by the City of Darlington as a Fireman, Assistant Chief and Chief for a total of 50 years, his achievements and awards in the fire industry are numerous.
Stone tosses his hat in the ring as current Mayor, Tony Watkins, has decided to not seek re-election. Jim Stone is known for his love of our town, Darlington, and its residents. Stone is eager to use his talents, skills and heart for this city to help Darlington be a thriving, charming place to work and raise a family. Growth, watching expenses, and finding ways to increase revenue for the benefit of residents and visitors are at the top of Stone’s focus list.
Jim, and his wife, Dot, are both lifelong Darlingtonians and will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this October. His daughters, Angie (Ken) Godbold and Jacey (Jeff) Burr, both reside in Darlington; his son, Jason (Jen) Stone lives in Georgetown, KY. He has four grandchildren: Stone Godbold, and Raychel, Leah and Jenna Stone.
Stone will officially file as a candidate in August for the Tuesday, November 4th election.