Political briefs

February 24, 2013 

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Nonpartisan

• The Myrtle Beach Tea Party will hold an open meeting Monday at Capriz Italian Feast, 1311 Celebrity Circle, at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit www.mbteaparty.net.

Democrats

• The Georgetown County Democratic Women’s Council will meet at noon Monday at the Family Justice Center of Georgetown County 1530 Highmarket St. in Georgetown.

For more information call Sara Hudson 546-5786.

• The Horry County Democratic Party will hold photo voter ID workshops at the HCDP office on the below schedule. The office is located at 900 Fourth Ave., in Conway.

A handout will be provided. The workshop is free, all are welcome and pre-registration is not required. Workshops will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Monday and Feb. 26.

Call 488-HCDP and leave a message for more information.

• The West Side Democrats will meet Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Horry County Democratic Party headquarters, 900 Fourth Ave., in downtown Conway.

For more information, call 488-4237.

• The Horry County Dems are having happy hour Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pine Lakes Tavern, 5201 N. Kings Highway. Open to all. Drinks and/or food paid individually.

For information, contact Judy Parker 839-3811.

• The Democratic Women’s Council of Horry County is sponsoring its annual scholarship essay contest for 2013. This year’s essay theme is “Democrats Represent Me Because…”

Graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students who are registered voters in Horry County are eligible to enter to win one of two $1,000 scholarships. The Democratic Women’s Council scholarship program has awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships since it began in 2007.

Essays must be received no later than April 5. Contest application and a complete set of rules and criteria are available at the DWCHC website, www.dwchc.com. Information is also available by contacting essay committee chair Milly Vaughn at mvaughn3@sc.rr.com.

A booklet containing all the winning essays will be published, with ad sales in the booklet and other fundraising activities of the council going to support the scholarships.

For more information about the scholarship contest or booklet, contact Sally Howard at 455-1936 or by email at SallyPHoward@aol.com.

Republicans

• A Republican candidates debate hosted by Sav-R-Cats will be 12:30 p.m. on March 6. The public luncheon debate with the five Republican candidates vying for the Horry County Council chairmanship will be held at the Omega Pancake & Omelette House, 2800 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. The three course meal, plus beverage, costs $8 per person.

Candidates invited and expected to attend are: Councilman Al Allen, Liz Gilland, Debbie Harrell, Mark Lazarus and Fonzie Lewis. Each will have three minutes to introduce themselves and briefly discuss their qualifications for being County Council chair, after which the public will have an opportunity to ask questions of each candidates.

The public is invited to attend and a special request is made for animal lovers to please come out to hear the candidates. In order to reserve your seat, reservations are requested. Call Sharon Dumay at 997-8701; Barbara Cook 651-9505; or Ted Sedje 381-9280.

Announcements

•  Georgetown County Board of Elections will hold a meeting to discuss the state’s new voter registration law at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Andrews Library, 105 N. Morgan Ave.

Voters will learn what they need to have when going to vote. Anyone whose address has changed from what is on their registration card will need to notify the Board of Elections at 545-3339.

• All five candidates for Horry County Council chairman are expected to attend a meet-and-greet being held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Big Mike’s Grill, located at 504 16th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach.

Food and drinks will be available at the event, sponsored by the Carolina African American Heritage Foundation and the Horry County Faith and Neighborhood Coalition.

For information call Bennie Swans at 521-2061 or Doris Gleason at 235-1405.

•  The 2013 County Council Chair Republican Primary Election will be on March 12.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and registered voters waiting in line at 7 p.m. will still be allowed to vote. Registered voters must show any one of five forms of identification to vote: S.C. driver’s license, S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles identification card, voter’s registration card with picture, federal military identification with picture or a U.S. passport.

The last day to vote absentee in the Horry County Registration and Elections Office, 1515 4th Ave. in Conway, is March 11.

•  Rep. Tom Rice, has a mobile-office outreach hosted by field representative Tom Keegan. The office, at Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments Office, 1230 High Market St., in Georgetown, will be open the second Wednesday of each month beginning March 13. Hours will be noon to 3:30 p.m.

Sessions are designed to provide constituents of the Seventh Congressional District greater access to Rice’s office. Rice encourages constituents who need assistance with a federal agency and/or who would like to voice their opinion on legislative issues to participate in this mobile-office outreach.

For more information about the outreach sessions visit the congressman’s website http://rice.house.gov or call the Myrtle Beach district office at 445-6459.

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