Clinton Mayor Bob McLean, of 208 E. Maple St., has filed to run for re-election in the City of Clinton’s municipal election on March 5, 2019.
“Over the last four years, city council and I have worked to build a city that works for everyone,” McLean said. “If elected to another four-year term, I promise to continue working to move Clinton forward.”
Mayor McLean said his platform will be to continue to work with council on the following issues:
Stabilize electric rates: McLean noted that Clinton has not seen an electric rate increase in five years. “I promise to vote against any new electric rate in my next term as mayor,” McLean said.
Advance economic development: McLean pointed to Clinton’s recent investment in the construction of a speculative building which now houses General Electric. The city is currently in the process of building its second spec building. “This new spec building will continue to provide quality jobs for our citizens,” McLean said.
Improve Infrastructure: City council has made several updates to Clinton’s water and sewer lines, and McLean commented that he will continue to pursue more upgrades to the city’s infrastructure.
Provide quality recreation. Clinton recently purchased a 160-acre property, and unveiled plans to build a first-class recreation complex. McLean also pointed to the city’s updates and improvements to several other parks throughout the city, such as Pine Street Park, and Pine Haven Park. “We will continue to make these improvements over the next four years, to provide quality recreation for our citizens,” the Mayor said.
McLean was first elected to city council for Ward 5 in 2009, and then elected mayor of Clinton in 2013, fulfilling the remainder of former Mayor Randy Randall’s term. He was re-elected to his first full term as mayor in 2015. McLean is a 1976 graduate of Presbyterian College, and a former infantry captain in the United States Army Reserve.
He is the owner of Carolina Auto Sales of Clinton and Clinton Financial Services, Inc. He is a former deacon and elder of First Presbyterian Church of Clinton, and a past board member of the Clinton Family YMCA, where he coached football, basketball, baseball and softball for over 20 years. McLean currently serves on the boards of Clinton-Newberry Natural Gas Authority as vice-chairman; the Upstate Alliance Board of Directors; the Clinton Economic Development Corporation; and the Piedmont Municipal Power Association.
He is married to the former Emmie An Gault, of Clinton, and together they have three children—all of which are graduates of Clinton High School and Presbyterian College—and five grandchildren.
“Our city has made a lot of progress over the last five years at stabilizing our electric rates, improving our city’s infrastructure, and bringing new industry and businesses to Clinton,” the Mayor said. “I would be honored to continue to serve all our citizens as mayor.”