April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Titus decides not to seek another term

By HSJ Online [email protected]

Long-time town Hope Town Council member Jonathan Titus decided not to seek another term on the Town Council.

Democrat Ed Johnson is the only candidate to file to fill the Ward 1 seat on the Town Council and will be unopposed in Tuesday's primary election. Republicans can still add candidates to the fall ballot by holding a caucus before a June deadline.

Titus is in his 13th year on the council, winning election to three full terms and a one-year term that was instituted to bring the town election calendar in line with the rest of the county.

Earlier this year, Titus talked about the decision not to seek re-election, saying that he has too much going on right now between his responsibilities as a teacher, radio announcer and preacher.

"I have always been a firm believer in self-imposed term limits," Titus said. "I think there is a time when an individual needs to step aside and allow someone else to come in, maybe with more energy, new ideas, those types of things. When I ran for the third term, I kind of promised to the family at that point, that would be it... I felt like I needed to step back from something and made sure I had more time for my wife and my kids."

"I am not angry with anybody. I have enjoyed it. I hope I have done some good."

Titus said that one of his big goals as a council member was to improve the infrastructure of the town

"I think this water project we are doing now, really puts a capstone on that," Titus said. "We have improved our stormwater system. We have improved our sewer system. I think we have as good of a utilities superintendent as we have ever had. We have a good town marshal. We have a fantastic clerk-treasurer.

"I just felt like it was time."

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