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Election 2015: Two new candidates file for Pawleys council
By Charles Swenson
Two first time candidates filed this week for Pawleys Island Town Council, hoping to fill vacancies left by two current members who are stepping down.
Rocky Holliday, a member of the town Planning Commission, and Ashley Carter filed to run in November’s election. Council Members Glennie Tarbox and Howard Ward said they will not run.
Council Member Sarah Zimmerman also filed this week. Council Member Mike Adams, who was undecided last week about running again, said he plans to file for another two-year term. The town hasn’t had a contested election since 2003. Under state law, municipalities don’t have to hold elections if there is only one candidate for each seat. Pawleys Island voters haven’t gone to the polls since 2005.
“Pawleys Island has been a huge part of my family’s history for four generations,” Holliday said. After a career in the shipbuilding industry that included opening a shipyard in Abu Dhabi and taking that company public, he now has a consulting business that works with Fortune 50 corporations. During his years in the Persian Gulf, “Pawleys was always our refuge,” he said.
During his time on the Planning Commission, it has undertaken changes in the zoning rules to help reduce flood damage and the premiums property owners pay for federal flood insurance.
“Pawleys is a unique place,” he said. “At the heart of it, it’s not that difficult. One of our major responsibilities is to protect that uniqueness.”
Carter is a broker at Pawleys Island Realty who also has long ties to the island. He chaired a committee that made the town’s first bid to shift electric and cable television lines underground and now serves on the board of the Pawleys Island Beautification Committee.
“I’m sure there will always be issues,” he said last week, but maintaining the character of the island is the town’s goal. “I’m very interested in the overall well-being of the island.”
Mayor Bill Otis will also run for another term. He was pleased that Carter and Holliday decided to run for council. “If elected, they would be outstanding members and have my support and a lot of other folks’ support,” he said.
Filing closes at noon on Aug. 14 at the Georgetown County Board of Voter Registration and Elections.