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Incumbents file for office as deadline approaches

By Jackie R. Broach
Coastal Observer

There are just five days until filing to run in the June primary closes and, so far, there has been little activity and no surprises.

Georgetown County Council Members Jerry Oakley and Johnny Morant filed to run for re-election Tuesday. Both are thus far unopposed.

Oakley, a Republican, represents District 1, which serves Litchfield and Murrells Inlet.

Morant, a Democrat, serves District 7 in Georgetown.

Retired Pawleys Island ma-gistrate Barry McCall filed last week to run as a Republican for County Council District 6. He hopes to replace one-term Council Member Glen O’Connell, who isn’t seeking re-election.

District 6 encompasses the Pawleys Island area, from Allston Plantation to Litchfield.

No one has filed to run against McCall and officials with the Republican and Democratic parties said they don’t know of anyone who intends to.

Democrats said previously they were working to recruit candidates to run for the seat, but no announcements were ever made.

Newly-elected party chairwoman Nancy Kolman said she would like to see a Democrat run for the seat, but “it’s a little late for me to start recruiting now.”

She took over leadership of the party Saturday.

Democrats lost the majority on County Council with the election of Austin Beard to District 5 in 2008, when Democrat Sel Hemingway resigned to become county administrator.

S.C. Rep. Vida Miller, a Democrat, filed to run for re-election to House District 108 on Saturday. She lives in Hagley and is serving in her seventh term.

Running against Miller is Republican Kevin Ryan, 21. A graduate of Waccamaw High School and Clemson University, he is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at the College of Charleston.

Ryan announced plans to challenge Miller in October and filed his paperwork last week.

S.C. Rep. Carl Anderson, also filed to run for re-election on Saturday. He has served state House District 103 since 2005.

Democrat Ted Brown has announced plans to run against Anderson, but had not filed as of Wednesday.

Filing to run in the primary will close at noon March 30.

Interested candidates should contact Herbert Dennison, 359-9541, to file with the Democratic Party, or Tom Swatzel, 527-3209, to file with the Republican Party.

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