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McCall will run in District 6

By Jackie R. Broach
Coastal Observer

At least one person will file to run for Georgetown County Council District 6 when the books open in March.

After giving it some thought over the holidays, retired Pawleys Island magistrate Barry McCall said he will definitely put his name in to replace one-term Republican Council Member Glen O’Connell. O’Connell announced in November that he won’t seek re-election.

McCall said he’s still working out the details of his campaign, including which party he will run under.

McCall has been approached by representatives of the Republican and Democratic parties.

His focus on his campaign has been delayed by work on his Waverly Road home, which was damaged by an electrical fire in December.

McCall said he decided to run after being asked to by a number of people. He said he sees “a lot of things that need to be corrected,” but the issues he would fight for if elected would be determined by the public.

McCall said he wants to give District 6 residents a voice and would treat everyone equally.

Georgetown County Planning Commission Member Brian Henry is still considering a bid for council. He would run as a Republican.

“There are a few more conversations I need to have before I make a decision, and a few more things I need to look at business-wise that may affect my ability to run,” Henry said.

Along with his wife Sassy,Henry owns and operates the Sea View Inn on Pawleys Island and Palmetto Cheese, a growing company that makes pimiento cheese. They have two children, May May, 11, and Camille, 8.

Before he commits to run, Henry said he wants to be sure he can manage the demands of serving on County Council without letting his family or business obligations suffer.

“I want to make sure I can dedicate the time and energy required to do a good job,” he said.

Henry said he hopes to have a decision in the next few weeks.

District 6, which covers the area from Allston Plantation to Litchfield, is one of two council districts entirely within the Waccamaw Neck. District 1, which covers Murrells Inlet, is held by Jerry Oakley, who will seek re-election this year.

Council Chairman Johnny Morant’s term also expires this year. He announced Wednesday he will seek re-election.

No one has announced plans to run against Oakley or Morant.

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