Candidates file for open Horry County seats

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It’s official. The 2014 political season opened Monday, the first day of a two-week filing period for the Nov. 4 election, and already the District 5 race for Horry County Council is the most populated.

Three men — Reese Boyd III, Chuck Ottwell and Clif Smith — have filed to be on the ballot. And Tyler Servant on Friday announced in his Surfside Beach hometown that he, too, intends to run for the open seat.

Paul Price, who has served the district for the past four years, is not running for re-election.

The Rev. Mike Alexander, senior pastor at Blaine Memorial Methodist Church, introduced Servant to the supportive crowd gathered at Veterans Park, saying that “his family name punctuates who he really is — Tyler Servant passionately desires to serve this community and this county as he offers himself today as District 5 candidate for Horry County Council.”

“Of all the reasons candidates give as to why they’re running for office, the one I’ve admired most is the love of community and the personal acceptance of the responsibility to protect and improve that community. That love, and the belief that I can make a difference for my neighbors will serve as my motivation to run,” Servant said.

He graduated from the University of South Carolina with degrees in business and marketing, is a broker-associate at Surfside Realty.

He is a member of Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors and serves on the organization’s legislative and candidate screening committees; the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, where he serves on the Legislative Policy Council and the South Strand Business Council; Leadership Grand Strand; Grand Strand Sertoma Club; Greater Burgess Community Association and Belin United Methodist Church.

Another newcomer to a run for office is Smith, who was born and raised in Murrells Inlet.

“This is the best place in the world to live, and it might be time to give something back,” he said Tuesday.

Self-employed in the real estate and construction industry, Smith said he “wants to make Horry County more business friendly.”

Also filing for office are Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus, state Reps. Nelson Hardwick in Horry County and Stephen Goldfinch in Georgetown County; and John Thomas, who is seeking the District 1 seat on the Georgetown County Council held by Jerry Oakley, who is not seeking another term.

So far, no Democrat has filed to run for office in the races that affect this area, which is heavily Republican.

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