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Politics: Early exit for District 108 candidate

By Jackie R. Broach
Coastal Observer

Candidates and potential candidates will be campaigning in full force at Monday’s Waccamaw Neck Republican Club meeting, but Joey Smith won’t be among them.

Smith, 29, of Hagley, announced plans to run for state House District 108 on Wednesday. He withdrew from the race Thursday.

“I think I’ve done more research in the last 48 hours than I’ve done in my whole life,” he said. What he decided was that he wasn’t ready for the job he had set his sights on. “There are a lot more people out there with a lot of knowledge who can do a better job than I can,” Smith said.

However, he has been thinking about a career in politics for at least 10 years and he isn’t planning to give that goal up yet. He’s just putting it on hold for a little longer. Serving in the State House “is my ambition, but when I step into it, I’m going to do it right and know I’m ready,” he said.

He still sees this as the beginning of his political career. He said he interested in serving on local boards and commissions to build some experience and will eventually try another run for the House.

Smith’s withdrawal leaves four other potential candidates who have expressed interest in serving as the representative for District 108.

Randy Hollister, a partner in Realestar, a commercial and investment real estate brokerage in the Pawleys Island area; Alan Walters, a county magistrate and judge for the town of Pawleys Island; David DuRant, attorney for the town; and Stephen Goldfinch, a Murrells Inlet attorney, have all said they are thinking about running for the seat.

Guest speakers at Monday’s meeting are S.C. Rep. Thad Viers of Myrtle Beach, a candidate for the new 7th Congressional District, and Scott Hixon, deputy solicitor. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Waccamaw Library.

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