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Politics: DHEC board member plans run for House District 108

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Lee Hewitt of Murrells Inlet, owner of Garden City Realty, plans to run as a Republican for the S.C. House District 108 seat being vacated by Stephen Goldfinch next year.

Goldfinch will make his formal announcement Nov. 5 that he will run for the S.C. Senate District 34 seat being vacated by Ray Cleary. Hewitt said he will formally announce for the House on Nov. 9. “It’s no secret,” Hewitt said. “I’ve called just about everybody.” He will disclose a list of endorsements Nov. 9.

Former County GOP Chairman Alan Walters remains among other potential candidates for the House seat. The school district’s safety director and a former magistrate, Walters said he is still considering a run for the office.

Hewitt represents Congressional District 7 on the board of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. He is a 1982 graduate of Coastal Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a certified professional mediator and a graduate of the Realtors Institute.

He and his wife, Whitney, have two sons, William, a senior at the University of South Carolina, and Coleman, a sophomore at Waccamaw High School. “The timing is better for me now,” he said.

Hewitt served eight years on the Georgetown County Planning Commission, eight years on the Zoning Board of Appeals, was twice a member of the committee that rewrote the county Comprehensive Land Use Plan, served on the Evacuation Life Line task force and has been president of the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors.

“The combination of a lot of years in all those led to this,” he said.

Cleary’s decision not to seek re-election after 12 years in office opened the door for a Senate run for Goldfinch after two terms in the House. Cleary, 67, said he will return to working full-time in his dental practice.

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