Tracy Edge, R-North Myrtle Beach, easily bested Democrat Charles Randall for the S.C. House District 104 seat Tuesday, according to unofficial results.
Edge tallied 10,209 votes to 6,389 for Randall.
This is the fourth time Randall, a pastor and a U.S. Air Force retiree, has run against Edge for the seat.
Edge has served 16 years in the S.C. House of Representatives. He is chairman of a House Ways and Means subcommittee, a position that he said allows him to be involved in any monies coming back to Horry County. He said while there are a lot of needs, a lot of work has been done to produce results in areas such as beaches, highways and environmental efforts.
“Over the last eight years or so, no area of the state has received more state funds than the North Strand area,” said Edge, who said he tries to represent the whole county, not just his district. “I work very, very hard at providing constituent service. ... I’ve been able to help a lot of people through the years, and it makes you feel really good about what you do.”
Edge said the biggest issues in his district revolve around highways and congestion, and he is pushing projects such as extending the Carolina Bays Parkway around Little River as part of I-74 and the widening of S.C. 90 to get ahead of future growth.
“I advocate I-74 in a big way as it ties in to the Carolina Bays Parkway and provides traffic relief for the North Strand area,” said Edge, who said his constituents are definitely behind the project because they see the tremendous effect it would have on their area.
Randall said he ran because he wants to help small businesses in his district get past obstacles to hiring.
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