Tuesday, June 10, 2014
After Horry County polls closed at 7 p.m. on June 10 and votes were counted, Tyler Servant, a broker-associate at Surfside Realty, received the most votes in the Republican primary election for the Horry County District 5 seat.
Because he did not receive a majority of votes, his name will appear on the runoff ballot against businessman Clif Smith, who had the second-highest number of votes.
That seat represents parts of Garden City and Murrells Inlet.
Whoever wins the runoff on June 24 will essentially win the seat, as no Democratic candidates filed for the office.
According to www.horrycounty.org, Servant recieved 1,047 votes out of 2,717 votes total. Smith got 657 votes.
Four Republicans – and no Democrats – were seeking to replace Councilman Paul Price, who opted not to seek re-election.
The other two candidates were attorney Reese Boyd III and retiree Chuck Ottwell.
Voter turnout for Horry County was 12.9 percent with 24,153 total votes cast out of 187,651 registered voters.
Servant was not available for comment by press time.
On his website, www.tylerservant.com, Servant stated:
“Of all the reasons candidates give as to why they’re running for public office, the one I’ve always admired is:
“ Love of community and the acceptance of a personal responsibility to protect and improve that community.
“That love and the belief that I can make a difference for my community are what serve as my motivation as well.”
“I want to work to create a quality of life expectation that will allow the next generation and generations to come to see returning home as a viable option.”