Irmo, SC (Paul Kirby) - Irmo Town Councilmember Barry Walker has made it no secret that he planned to run for the position of mayor of the Lexington County town in 2020. He immediately made his intentions known after winning reelection in 2017. Now, he’s making everything official by holding a campaign kickoff and rally this Saturday in Irmo. The event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. It will all happen at Jersey Mike’s Subs at 7001 Saint Andrews Road in Irmo.
Before retiring, Walker owned Mac’s on Main where he was also the chef. He ran the eatery and blues club in the 1700 block of Main Street in Columbia for 15 years before closing in 2013. He was known as “Chef Fatback,” and often belted out blues on the guitar at the club accompanied by other musicians.
Walker, who’s served on the Irmo Town Council for many years, told The Ledger in a past interview that one of his strong suits was his willingness to listen to citizens about their concerns and ideas. He said that is something that is of utmost importance as a public servant.
Walker has clashed frequently with Irmo’s incumbent mayor Hardy King. In one case, Walker vehemently opposed the “blanket” application of the designated residential parking ordinance. The ordinance, which has now been in effect for several years, provides hefty fines for residents who park on their lawns, among other provisions. At the time of the discussion of the ordinance, thing got heated between King and Walker. “The issue is not the intent of the law (to make home fronts more presentable to potential residents), but the “blanket” application over the entire town,” Walker argued at the time. “There are many obstacles and scenarios that make the law impractical.” Walker cities as an example an ill Irmo resident who is physically unable to walk from his front door to his driveway. He said this is a real example of the potential harm caused by the controversial law.
Walker already has a campaign Facebook page. It can be found at www.facebook.com/councilmanbarry/.