Contenders for the at-large seat are Douglas "Doug" Lee Collins and former councilman John Robert Dervay
Dervay, 65, an incumbent until this week, has a long history with the City of Tega Cay, where he formerly served as the city's zoning administrator, code enforcement officer and secretary with the board of zoning appeals and planning commission.
When Dervay retired from the city in 2005, he sought and won a council seat in 2006.
Then, last November, he
seat by six votes to newly-elected council member Stephen Perkins, who had served a previous term.
is hoping his
absence from the council is short-lived.
"I have been involved in helping the city evolve since 1996," said Dervay
, the father of two adult children.
"I am by far the most experienced guy working in government on the council.
I've got a long track record of getting things done.
I'd like to continue to help the city evolve."
Collins and Dervay
mostly agree on the steps Tega Cay, aka the "Tree City," should take to evolve.
also wants to put the brakes on city spending.
takes issue with last year's contingency fund - money the city allots for emergencies - that dropped below $7,000.
"We are in a recession," Dervay
"God knows what the economy will do, and we still balanced a budget with a skimpy contingency.
When anything goes bump in the night with this year's budget, we might not have the money to cover it."
Collins and Dervay
also want to create avenues to foster better communication between city officials and residents.
also wants the city to step up its communication tactics.
"While we've come a long way with communications, there's a lot more we could do," he
When the council considered the 2009-2010 budget, Dervay
voted against it.
"We were not making cuts deep enough in the budget to build a bigger contingency to cover unforeseen expenses," Dervay