Fred Payne Statement – Mar 30, 2018
After much deliberation and prayer, I am announcing that I am not running for re-election as Greenville County Councilman. Many people have encouraged me to run again, and have offered meaningful support, and I am grateful for their confidence.
My desire has always been to be a civil servant. To paraphrase Romans 13, I believe that “All authority comes from God, God ordains governments, and civil servants are God’s servants.” I believe God has a plan for each of us – for each day and for eternity.
For 12 years, I have been privileged to serve Greenville County, valued the opportunity to work with my elected colleagues and represent our wonderful residents, and appreciated the support and responsiveness of the County’s professional staff on all issues, both big and small. I am grateful to have had a chance to work on issues of local and national importance, and look forward to continuing those efforts, especially as related to transportation innovations.
I am proud of what we have accomplished together. I ran and served on a 5 “E” platform: Economic development- income; Education for workforce development – jobs; Environment – quality of life; Ethics – do the right thing; and Efficient, Effective government. I am humbled by what we have accomplished together – we are one of the top 25 strongest Counties financially in America. The last 12 years have been great for Greenville County – and the future is even brighter.
I am grateful to my family, and especially my wife, Kay, who have been patient and understanding of the time and energy spent attending meetings, returning calls, and working with people to understand issues, develop solutions, and enable realization of opportunities to establish a stronger foundation for our community. I have tried to make good decisions as a civil servant and believe God has great plans for Greenville. I see many opportunities to be active and I plan to be involved in many new adventures, but after 12 years, it is time for me to step aside as County Council representative for District 28.
My primary concern has been to see who might be able to step up to represent all the people of Greenville and to help continue the positive trends which are on the horizon.
Yesterday, I learned that a well-qualified leader with a fine family, broad experience, youthful strength, and mature vision has announced his candidacy for Council District 28. He has skills and aptitude that will enable him to attract voters and be a wonderful civil servant.
I believe that Greenville has a strong choice to help move our County and the Upstate region forward.
May God continue to bless Greenville County, and may God bless America.