The ballots have been recounted and it is Al Allen and Mark Lazarus who will have a runoff scheduled for March 26. Clearly, it will be the moment of truth for Fonzie Lewis, Liz Gilland and Debbie Harwell. For the past several weeks, these three candidates who were running for the Horry County Council chairman’s seat have been voicing strong opinions against the “good old boy” environment in county government.
However, Mark Lazarus emphatically denied that there is any truth to their claim; in fact he said that he was so tired of hearing this that steam was coming out of his ears. So do they now join Allen who also made the same claim? Obviously, the four must know and expect the possible destruction of Horry County by electing someone other than one of them. I understand if you’re going to talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk. But what if any one of the three was to concede to “politics as usual”? What if they were to accept an offer made by Lazarus? Would such action clearly and loudly publicize that talk is cheap and candidates will say whatever to get elected?
After one of the debates was concluded my husband spoke with one of the women candidates. He believed her to be very sincere when speaking about the good old boys. She emphatically bellowed out that he didn’t know the half of it and what they tried to do to her. It was certain she wanted to uproot these guys. I need to ask, why not divulge what had happened?
Citizens of Horry County should know every candidate prior to voting. I can only hope she does not cave in. According to Lewis, Gilland and Harwell, their objective was to remove politics as usual along with the good old boys. They can be proud of third, fourth and fifth place; but more importantly, they can be exceptionally proud that they could not be bought for any price by a good old boy.
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The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.