A Casual Conversation With Innovative Eastsider Cathy McCabe

In the October 2021 Issue, we featured two Eastsiders running for office. We had a chance to catch up with Cathy McCabe to learn more about her on a deeper level, not just about politics.



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Be sure and vote November 2nd!

Cathy McCabe Is Running for Mayor of Spartanburg.


Four years ago, Cathy McCabe retired after serving eleven years as the first ‘female’ City Attorney for the City of Spartanburg. “My husband Jim had been retired for six years and when he asked me to retire, I told him I would, but if the opportunity arises for me to serve again, I want to run for Mayor.”


Cathy is from Columbia, SC. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Spanish from Columbia College. She married, moved to Spartanburg and began her career as a teacher. After twelve years, Cathy decided to become a lawyer. At 37 years old, and two small children, she went back to college in Columbia, graduated seventh in her class and received her Doctor of Law Degree from USC School of Law in 1994.


Back in Spartanburg, Cathy was hired as an associate with Leather Walker Todd & Mann’s Spartanburg office, becoming a partner in 1998. From 2004 to 2006, she was a partner with The Ward Law Firm. She also worked part-time as the Assistant City Attorney and then became the full-time City Attorney in 2006.


Working as the City Attorney was an invaluable experience for Cathy to see and understand how the city, county and school districts operate and work together. “My life has revolved around working in education and law. Being Mayor would give me the chance to utilize my skills to make a difference and move the needle because I am very concerned with issues our city faces regarding education, economics and health disparities.”


“We need better communication and a visible, accessible city mayor that will answer the phone. My campaign lists my personal cell phone and I will answer it. If elected I will hold office hours and be transparent.”


Cathy loves her community and has always been very involved because she cares. She’s served for the Boys and Girls Club, Women Giving, Girl Scouts, USC Upstate Foundation, as a steward for her church and she runs the blood drive. Cathy and Jim live in the Woodburn Road area, have four children and nine grandchildren.


Learn more about Cathy and her campaign by visiting:

https://cathyformayor.com/ or her Facebook page: CathyForMayor


Jamie Fulmer Seeks re-election for Spartanburg’s City Council, District 4.


Lifelong Converse Heights resident Jamie Fulmer has held leadership roles with several non-profit, governmental, and educational institutions. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Spartanburg Regional Foundation and has previously served as a trustee and past chair of the Chapman Cultural Center, a former president of the Spartanburg Little Theatre, a commissioner on the City of Spartanburg’s Planning Commission, and a trustee of Spartanburg Methodist College. He has had an extensive business career and is currently a partner with Loop Recruiting.


A graduate of Wofford College, he and his wife Katherine have three boys: James, Ben and MacLean, who are often seen playing in the family’s front yard on Connecticut Avenue.


Since 2018, Fulmer has served on Spartanburg’s City Council, representing District 4. He is up for re-election on November 2nd. Serving our community is a responsibility that he takes very seriously and tries to be a good steward of the trust that has been placed in him. In the three years since Fulmer joined Council, the city has accomplished a great deal while dealing with some unprecedented challenges.

Fulmer believes that there has never been a more exciting time to live in Spartanburg. Going forward, his focus will be on planning for the future, remaining fiscally responsible, ensuring that we have safe and vibrant neighborhoods, improving the health and wellness outcomes of those in our city who have been left behind, and working with all stakeholders to strengthen and diversify our economy so that Spartanburg is a residence of choice for individuals, families, and businesses. In addition to strategic initiatives for the future, he believes that government has no more important role than providing our citizens high caliber services, keeping our roads safe and well maintained, providing top notch parks and recreation facilities, and ensuring a public transportation system that meets the needs of its customers.


If re-elected Fulmer pledges to do his best to serve the families of Spartanburg well, always trying to do what is right for the community we all love and call home.


Note: Eastside Living Magazine does not endorse, promote or oppose political parties, candidates or platforms. What we do, always in a positive light, is support and celebrate the residents in our Eastside community.

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