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Editor,

Georgetown County Council candidate Bob Anderson is right: County Council is asleep at the wheel in managing growth.

Ron Charlton and the rest of County Council have approved thousands of residential units on the Waccamaw Neck that are just waiting to be built. One project, Arcadia East, has 3,400 approved units. It’s projected that each unit could add up to 10 trips a day on an already congested Highway 17.

What was Charlton thinking when he voted for this?

Even worse, County Council let a land use plan move forward without a word that would allow developers almost unlimited building density. Only because of Bob Anderson’s efforts did the Planning Commission withdraw the plan for now.

Charlton and the rest of County Council are letting growth by far exceed our infrastructure. It’s time this stops. Bob Anderson will put citizens and our quality of life first on County Council, not developers and other special interests.

Bob has my support in the June 9th Republican Primary.

Tom Leis

T.W. Leis ( Tom)

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Editor,

In the upcoming June 9th Republican primary, I encourage all Georgetown County voters to cast their ballot for Miriam Mace in the Treasurer’s race. Most recently, she has been an outstanding member of the Assessor’s staff after having served ten years previously in the Auditor’s office. Miriam is the best candidate for that office and I will give you an insider perspective as to why.

For the casual voting populace, interactions between departments are of little concern, boring perhaps, but those interactions give rise to efficient management, cost reductions and, in the end, the prospect of lower tax rates. While every department conducts its activities independently, efficiency is accentuated when departments interact smoothly. That concept is especially true in the case of the Auditor, Assessor and Treasurer departments.

From my office in the courthouse, I see that interaction play out on a daily basis. In so many circumstances it has been deficient. Many factors contribute to this fluid interdependence on one another: knowledge, communication and respect… respect for one’s staff, respect for the staff of other departments, and respect for other department heads. In each case, Miriam Mace has been exceptional. Georgetown County residents have been fortunate to have had Miriam working for them for the last 23 years. They will be equally fortunate when she is your Treasurer.

Brian D. Shult

Georgetown County Auditor

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The purpose of this letter is to endorse the re-election of Allison Sippel Peteet as Treasurer of Georgetown County. As many of you know, Allison has been serving in this position for several years so she will bring the experience, knowledge and leadership necessary to continue serving in this position. The staff in her department have been well trained in offering the best and most courteous service available under her direction. I personally know Allison to be a person of the highest moral character filled with honesty, and integrity who will continue serving her constituents to the best of her abilities as she has always done.

Above all else, I urge every registered voted to cast their vote for the candidate of their choice in the June 9th Primary. This years election is one of the most important elections of our lifetime on the local, state and federal levels. So let’s show how much we appreciate the opportunity to vote by going to the polls to cast our vote on June 9, 2020.

Respectfully yours,

Edna C. Yarborough

Murrells Inlet

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Rarely do you find a candidate, running for office, who remains true to their calling. I would like to thank Mrs. Peteet for her service as Treasurer of our county. Since taking office, her department is more efficient and accessible. Lines are shorter and questions are quickly answered, without delay. I’ve had several dealings with her and always find her to go above and beyond in helping people. She has been very active, on social media, keeping the public informed with events effecting our county and state, such as the weather and Covid 19. Mrs. Peteet is an asset to our county, and I would love to see her term renewed. Remember to go out and vote, in the primary, on June 9th...and let’s keep Allison Sippel Peteet in office as our treasurer.

Ariane Lieberman

Pawleys Island

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Dear Editor. I am writing today in regards to an individual that excels in her position, her community, and goes above and beyond at all times in regards to making sure that citizens are well informed. I would like to ask all to get out and vote for Alllison Sippel Peteet and re-elect her to her current position as Georgetown County Treasurer. Her excellence in community and her work ethic has been a beacon to us all in the past few years. From keeping us up to date with County information, to keeping us up to date when we have storms, floods, or pandemics, Mrs Peteet goes way over her required duty!

Georgetown County, I Kevin Jayroe, local realtor and co owner of Bienvenue Home and Swamp Fox tours in Georgetown SC gives a 100% YES for Allison Sippel Peteet to be re-elected Georgetown County Treasurer. She listens, helps, and is someone that we want to continue to keep in office to soar! Please support her with your vote in the upcoming election!

Kindly, Kevin Jayroe. Georgetonian

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Dear Editor,

I would like to submit a letter to the Editor to endorse Allison S. Peteet for Georgetown County Treasurer .

I supported Allison S. Peteet in her last election and have been very impressed with not only the work and help she has provided in making necessary changes to the Georgetown County Treasurers Office.

I have also been impressed in her role to Communicate to Georgetown County Residents in times of concern. Like our Floods, Hurricanes and Cova-19.

This helps to have easy communication shared that is exactly to the point of needed information.

Please Georgetown County Voters, I ask that on June 9, 2020, you VOTE Allison S. Peteet, Yes on your Ballot.

Sincerely yours,

Paula Ford==Georgetown County Voter

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To whom it may concern

I’m writing this letter to inform everyone to go vote on June 9th for Mrs. Allison Peteet. This lady goes above and beyond to assist our community. The love and dedication that she gives to our communities to stay updated regarding important information to events. She is absolutely AMAZING! If you send question or concern to her she always reply within a timely manner. We appreciate Mrs. Allison with her upcoming election and wish her all the best.

Holly Elliott

Georgetown

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To Voters in District 2 of Georgetown County..in Georgetown and Pawleys Island,

What a beautiful part of the world you live in. My wife and I lived in the Pawleys for over 22 years and although we do not live there now, our hears are still with you.

What growth you/we have seen on the Waccamaw Neck and all of Georgetown County.

Managing this growth while protecting/controllingit...is a job that many do not want...Want is the key word...and you have a candidate in the June 9 Primary...who WANTS...the JOB!

Bob Anderson is his name. If we could vote in the Primary, he would have our VOTE!

WHY...first, he WANTS IT....for the betterment of ALL in Georgetown County...not just District 2.

He and his wife Karol are committed citizens in Georgetown County. Bob served on County Council in the past and he knows the inner workings of local government...but ...more important....he CARES about the community and its future.

We are asking you to support...Bob Anderson....on June 9, for District 2 County Council Seat.

Thank you and God Bless...........Jim and Joyce Jerow- Elgin

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Having lived in Georgetown County all of my life, I would like to recommend Allison S. Peteet for Georgetown County Treasurer. In this election year, Allison is up for re-election on the Republican ticket for treasurer of Georgetown County.

Allison has lived in Georgetown County over forty years. Her parents were business owners in the City of Georgetown for many years which gave her insight to the business world. Also, she has personal experience of managing several businesses with many employees.

Starting as a clerk in the Auditor’s office, she advanced to a supervisor position within four years. When the previous treasurer retired, Allison, being committed to public service, decided to run for the position of treasurer for Georgetown County. She was elected by the people and has worked hard to earn the trust and confidence of her constituents.

Allison has dedicated many years to helping the people of Georgetown County by volunteering and serving on board for many non-profit organizations. She is dedicated to her church and enjoys staying involved with its many functions.

Along with her leadership and business experience, there are many other qualifications that make Allison the best candidate to serve as treasurer for Georgetown County. Please join me in voting for her on June 9 in the Republican Primary.

Sincerely,

Peggy W. Williams

Georgetown

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I support Bob Anderson. He cares about his community, he cares about the Waccamaw Neck, and he cares about the county where we all live.

The quality of life in our individual communities necessitates a common cause, a like-minded purpose for the community and everyone it serves. We enjoy the geography and beauty of the Waccamaw Neck and the friendly small town atmosphere without big box stores. I often see my neighbors as I travel about the area and am greeted personally by the merchants and businesses where I shop.

Bob is a former councilman and I remember him as an individual who put community first with the vision of what’s best for all for the future. Recently, I don’t see that way of thinking with the current council leadership team. Most noticeably is the division of Heritage Plantation that is now separated into two districts. Another is the struggle we all face with increased traffic and the threat of more building (homes and condos) without the infrastructure to support it.

Bob cares, and he has demonstrated that with his actions in the past, and he wants to continue his efforts.

Peter Eisenberg

Heritage Plantation

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I am supporting Allison Sippel Peteet for re-election as Treasurer of Georgetown County. She has served us well during the past term. Allison is a GREAT COMMUNICATOR, a trait I believe is necessary for a person in public office! She loves Georgetown County; let’s love her back. Re-elect Allison.

Jacqueline Robe

Murrells Inlet

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There are very few times in my life that I have seen someone who is great at their job. Someone who gives so much more than they take. Someone who leads with humility and puts service above herself, Allison Sippel Peteet, is this person. Since she has taken office every aspect of the Treasurer’s office has improved. They are looking after the citizens of this county, making sure that they are paying the correct amount of taxes, helping citizens understand their obligations in a common sense approach. She has developed a great team that are dedicated to the people of Georgetown County. These smart and caring people in the Treasurer’s office are doing a wonderful job for all of us under the leadership of Allison. A truly one in a life time public servant. I will vote for Allison Sippel Peteet,

John Henry Whitmire

Pawleys Island

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The 2020 elections are very important to all of us for many different reasons. Allison S. Peteet is running for re-election as Georgetown County Treasure. She has served the citizens of this county beyond my expectations! I am personally thankful that she has kept the community so well informed during any crisis including the current COVID19 outbreak through social media. I supported Ms Peteet during her last election and I plan to do the same on June 9, 2020. I encourage every registered voter to endorse Allison S. Peteet and let’s keep her as our “Madam Treasure” Early voting began on May 4, 2020. Contact Georgetown County Voter Registration and Elections at (843) 545-3339 for more information.

Kim Leasure

Pawleys Island

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I have been in law enforcement for 10 years, and through the past 8 years I have had the opportunity to work closely with Chase Ridgeway in his role as deputy coroner. I have experienced his professionalism and compassion he provides to each family he works with. He is the only candidate that has experience in the coroner’s office and the only candidate that has the training and experience needed to serve as coroner. I ask that you vote for Chase Ridgeway for Coroner on June 9th.

-Brandon McConnell, Deputy Sheriff

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This is a personal endorsement for Chase Ridgeway for Coroner of Georgetown County. As most of you know, Chase has served as an Assistant Coroner under the direction of our present Coroner Kenny Johnson for the past eight years. He is the only candidate who is a NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED DEATH INVESTIGATOR through the ABMDI. This certification through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators is earned through a rigorous 600 hours of education and investigations and is the national standard in death investigation. Being certified and governed by the ABMDI assures us that their death investigators are held to the highest ethical standards in accordance with the national standard of death investigations. Chase will not only bring experience, knowledge of death investigations, and training, I personally know him to be one of the finest, most ethical, caring and compassionate young men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Please go to the polls on June 9th, 2020 and cast your vote for Chase Ridgeway to become our next Coroner of Georgetown County.

Edna Yarborough

Murrells Inlet

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Shortly after moving to Georgetown County I became acquainted with Mr. Bob Anderson, and was immediately impressed with his interest in and knowledge of county government, as well as his vision for the future of Georgetown County .

Bob Anderson, a long time resident of Georgetown County, is now a candidate in the upcoming Republican Primary Election for County Council in District 2.

Bob Anderson is a fiscal conservative who also shares a strong commitment and deep passion for the quality of life enjoyed by residents of Georgetown County. A major plank in Bob’s campaign platform is diligently working to manage the inevitable future growth and development in Georgetown County by avoiding over saturation in some areas, while encouraging stronger growth and greater opportunity in areas that are currently underdeveloped.

Frequent news reports continue to highlight the many difficult challenges that rapid and uncontrolled growth has caused in neighboring Charleston, Berkley, and Dorchester counties. Schools are seriously overcrowded, frustrating traffic congestion clogs the inadequate roadways, and expensive public safety challenges will require costly solutions. The economic challenges presented by the current COVID 19 Emergency will only make it more difficult to develop viable solutions to address these conditions.

As a member of Council, Bob Anderson will work to proactively address such issues before they become critical problems in Georgetown County, and he will work to insure that ongoing growth and development are both thoughtful and beneficial.

Though Bob Anderson and I have not always shared the same political perspective on all issues, but I do believe that Bob’s knowledge, passion and integrity make him a valuable candidate worthy of your consideration.

Respectfully,

Rich Fanning

Heritage Plantation

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Upcoming Coroner Election Concerns

I am writing to the citizens of Georgetown county to please consider voting Allen Morris for Coroner in the upcoming Republican primary on June 9th. He was born and raised in Georgetown, and a very well respected man of the community, and serves as the Georgetown PD Criminal Investigator currently, and has for 5 years. With his experience in the field of law enforcement for 8 years, his education & training, and bringing justice to the families who have lost loved ones, Allen is the ONLY candidate with a college degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Crime Scene Investigations.

The running opponent Mr. Ridgeway, in my opinion has a conflict of interest running for Coroner, as he is the owner of Ridgeway funeral home in Georgetown county. l’m sure he is respected and qualified as well, and this in no way is an attack on his integrity and I have no ill will to him. This conflict of interest is based, not on the ethics of Mr. Ridgeway, but on the ethics of holding a position of public office and the potential for Mr. Ridgeway to be put in a position in which he may have to justify his own actions. Public trust has to be maintained to ALL communities of Georgetown county, and that is only fair and moral. When I say for ALL people, there are other funeral homes in the county that are very concerned about their family businesses if he is elected. There are also people that may, in a grieving fragile state feel obligated to use his funeral home.

The South Carolina Code of Laws Ethics, Government Accountability, & Campaign Reform Section 8-13-410 states: “Use of official position of office for financial gain”. This is not saying it will happen, but it could happen, and such competing interests could make it difficult to fulfill his duties impartially if elected Coroner. A conflict of interest EXISTS even if no unethical or improper act results because it could potentially occur to GAIN economic benefit. Secondly, Section 8-13-100 Article (11)(a) defines an “economic interest means indirect distinct from that of the general public in a purchase, sale, lease, contract, option or other transaction or arrangement involving property or services in which a public official, public member, or public employee may gain an economic benefit of $50 dollars or more.”So is there the potential for a Coroner while on Georgetown County’s clock and dime, report to a scene, and if a family needs funeral service, present a business card offering services, and have a funeral vehicle sent to pick up the body?? Yes it could happen, how is this ethical?? It would be acting in role of Coroner and doing personal business. I, for one, would like to see the annual reports on coroner death statistics and would be very interested to see percentages to the different funeral homes in the county in the future. This would ensure transparency and fairness to all the people.

In closing, because of all the stated above, I know a man who can be for ALL the people of Georgetown County with ZERO conflicts of interest. Allen Morris will serve his community as he has done so well before. Spending many countless hours, sleepless nights away from his family, out investigating murders, suicides, wrongful deaths and more for the people he loves in Georgetown County.

Cathy Reynolds

Pawleys Island, SC