SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – Summerville Mayor Ricky Waring on Thursday announced that he will not seek re-election in 2023.

Waring made the informal announcement during a Summerville Town Council meeting while discussing a proposed increase in taxes, which was approved as part of the town’s $41.5 million budget for fiscal year 2023.

“I love the Town of Summerville more than I love anything and I ran for mayor because I love the Town of Summerville,” he said during Thursday’s meeting. “I’m not going to run again; I hope Bill runs – because if he runs I’m going to not support him because he hides behind a damn computer.”

His comments likely refer to District 4 councilman William McIntosh.

Waring was first elected as mayor in 2019. News 2 reached out to the town for additional comment.