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Ex-magistrate files with GOP for District 6 council race

By Jackie R. Broach
Coastal Observer

Retired Pawleys Island magistrate Barry McCall will run as a Republican for Georgetown County Council District 6.

He filed with the county Republican Party on Tuesday, just a few hours after the books opened, and was unopposed as of Wednesday evening.

When McCall, a Pawleys Island area resident, announced his intention to run in early January, he was undecided about which party he would run under and didn’t make up his mind until about two weeks ago.

“I was hesitant to file as a Republican or a Democrat, because I’m running for a local office, and I believe that should be a nonpartisan position,” McCall said. “I was thinking about running independently, but I was unaware how many signatures you have to have to get on the independent ticket.”

A candidate must have 10,000 signatures to run as an independent in South Carolina, so McCall decided Republican was the way to go.

“I’ve been a Republican all my life,” he said. “I was raised in a Republican family in Charlotte and I remained a Republican when I moved to Waccamaw Neck, even though everybody else was a Democrat.”

Though he’s officially in the race now, McCall said voters won’t hear much from him in the next few weeks. His family’s home on Waverly Road was damaged by fire in December and his campaign will be delayed as he finishes rebuilding, he said.

McCall hopes to replace one-term Republican Council Member Glen O’Connell who is not seeking re-election.

Kevin Ryan, 21, also filed with the Republican Party on Tuesday. A Pawleys Island area resident, he will run for S.C. House District 108, challenging incumbent Democrat Vida Miller of Hagley.

Miller, who is in Columbia working on the state’s budget this week, will seek re-election, but has not filed yet.

As of Wednesday evening, no one had filed with the Democratic party.

Filing to run in the June primary will be open until noon March 30.

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