Greg Duckworth | Filing Closes for Primary Races
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01 Apr Filing Closes for Primary Races

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Filing-closes-for-primary-racesThe field is set for the upcoming June primaries for most local offices in Horry County.

Much to their relief, many of the incumbents aren’t facing any opposition in June which means barring any write-in campaigns, they’re going back into office for another term.

School Board:

Chairman Joe DeFeo doesn’t have any opposition from either party. Board member John Poston had filed to run against DeFeo but withdrew, opting to go for his current District 8 seat.

The most contested school board seat is in District 4 which is now vacant due to the death of Kay Loftus.

Three Republicans—David Cox, Robert Palmer and Scott Thompson are vying for the chance to face Democrat Catherine Cameron in the fall.

Of note, District 4 takes in part of Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest, Socastee and St. James attendance areas. Cox is currently representing District 9 from the Green Sea Floyds, Loris and North Myrtle Beach area.

Janice Morreale is unopposed in District 5.

Poston will face Republican Patricia Milley for the District 8 spot.

James Edwards and Chris Hardwick will meet in the Republican primary to face Democrat Ronald Bessant in November to replace Cox in District 9.

Incumbent Jeffrey Garland will face Republican challenger Shanda Allen for the District 11 seat.

County offices:

Republican incumbents Sheriff Phillip Thompson and coroner Robert Edge don’t have any Republican or Democrat opposition.

Renee Elvis and David Jordan are running as Republicans for the Clerk of Court office. No Democrats filed for the race.

For auditor, incumbent Lois Eargle faces opposition in the Republican primary from Robert Rabon. There’s no Democratic opposition.

Republicans Jonathan Hyman and Angie Jones are hoping to replace retiring Roddy Dickenson as the county treasurer. No Democrats entered the race.

Horry County Council:

Democratic incumbent Jimmy Washington will face Republican Dennis DiSabato for the District 3 seat.

Incumbent Gary Loftus and Dick Withington filed to run for the Republican primary for the District 4 seat. Withington was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to bribe other candidates in return for his dropping out of the race.

The winner will face Democrat Robin Gause in November.

Republican Cam Crawford has no opposition for his District 6 seat.

Republican incumbent Paul Prince has primary opposition from Terry Fowler for the District 9 council seat. No Democrats filed for the office.

Republicans Devon Blackwell and Danny Hardee are vying for the District 10 seat with no Democratic opposition.

State House and Senate:

Most members of the Horry County legislative delegation ended up with no opposition for either June or November.

Those include Greg Hembree, state Senate 28, Mike Ryhal, state House 56, Heather Ammons Crawford, state House 68, Greg Duckworth, state House 104, Kevin Hardee, state House 105, Russell Fry, state House 106 and Alan Clemmons, state House 107.

With state Senator Ray Cleary deciding not to seek re-election, four Republicans filed to run for his Senate District 34 seat.

They are Reese Boyd, Joe Ford, Stephen Goldfinch and Dick Withington who had also filed for the Horry County District 4 seat.

No Democrats filed for the seat.

Republican incumbent state Sen. Luke Rankin will face primary opposition from Scott Pyle for his District 33 seat.

Republican Jeff Johnson will face Democrat John Ward in November for the state House District 58 seat.

State House District 57 takes in part of Horry County along with parts of Marion and Dillon counties. Five Democrats—Lucas Atkinson, Rodney Berry, Darryl Burns, Lee Walter Jenkins and Ryan Waller filed to run against Republican Ethan Brown.

U.S. Senate and Congress:

Republican U.S. Senator Tim Scott faces challenges from Democrat Thomas Dixon, Libertarian Bill Bledsoe who also represents the Constitution Party and Jim Hinkle and Rebel Michael Scarborough from the American Party.

U.S. District 7 Congressman Tom Rice will face Democrat Mal Hyman in November.

The filing period for anyone running for office in the June party primaries or the November general election ended at noon on March 30.

The party primaries are slated for June 14.