Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Kathy Harrelson is collecting signatures to run for Georgetown County auditor in November.
“I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is what God planned for me to do and I will be successful,” Harrelson said.
She will need signatures from 2,500 of the county’s registered voters.
“It’s not an easy task, but it is doable,” Harrelson said. “But you have to have a lot of people who believe in you and are wiling to step up the plate and help.”
Harrelson, a lifelong Georgetown resident and graduate of Winyah High School, has worked in the auditor’s office for six years and considers Auditor Linda Mock to be a close friend. She was stunned when Mock announced she wasn’t running for reelection days before the filing deadline for the June 12th Primary.
“She notified us right after she made her decision,” Harrelson said.
“It caught me completely by surprise. We didn’t know she was considering not running.”
After thinking, and praying, and discussing it with her family, she decided to throw her hat into the ring.
“I’ve worked very hard in the last five years to change and streamline the process in that office,” Harrelson said. “A lot of progress has been made to serve taxpayers better.”
She and Mock have traveled the county teaching people how to read their tax bills to make sure they were being taxed correctly and showing them ways to lower their taxes.
Harrelson said if would be better from someone within the auditor’s office to replace Mock.
“It takes time to train somebody who walks in off the street and knows nothing about what goes on in the auditor’s office,” she said. “I don’t want to see the taxpayers have to pay to have to train somebody.”
Harrelson is working with other petition candidates to get on the ballot.
“I want it to be a fair election,” she said. “I don’t want it to be a shoe-in. That’s what the democratic process is all about.”
She’ll be collecting signature at the Harbowalk Festival in Georgetown on Saturday, at the polls on Tuesday during the runoff, and the Pawleys Island parade on the Fourth of July. There’s also petitions at businesses across the county.
Harrelson has until July 16 to collect enough signatures and submit her petitions to the county’s Voter Registration and Elections.
By Chris Sokoloski