I have gone to listen to all the candidates for Horry County Council chairman state their positions. The problem is: the major player was missing. We have now reached a point with a runoff where it is all the more important to hear both of them in the same room where both can be held accountable for what they say.
Here is all I have heard about No. 1: He claims he can foster cooperation between county and cities and decrease crime. That’s nice and sounds good, however, I would like someone to point out in a public forum where we have no cooperation and why the record shows that violent crime has been steadily going down in Horry County.
He may be correct, but things like that need to be said where they can be rebutted.
Another thing that should be asked is why anyone would be willing to spend six figures to get a $25,000 job. I seem to remember that he did that once before and people were so happy with his four-year performance that Liz beat the tar out of him, spending only a fraction of the money. For all I know, he may be the man for the job, but the public needs a little more than ambiguous statements.
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The other guy has been on the council for the last six years. I was able to hear him when the other candidates (minus one) were in
the room. The county budget spending has dropped every year for the last six. My house taxes have been cut almost in half. He dug into a big developer deal and saved the county tens of millions of dollars. He is a small business owner. Violent crime has been going down. My understanding is that he gets along with everyone who wants to deal with truth and facts. Probably the things I heard that I like the best is that he has preached the Gospel for over 20 years and totes a gun. Last I heard, he hadn’t even spent five figures on his campaign, nevermind six.
I want to be an informed voter and the only way I can see that happening is if there is an open forum discussion between the two in front of people who actually know what’s going on. Everything stated above is simply hearsay. We need to clarify what is fact and what is fiction.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.