My grandfather, Duane Oliver, was chairman of the Horry County Republican Party for several years. My father, Kevin Hardee, served on Horry County Council for eight years and now serves in the South Carolina House of Representatives. I spent much of my life attending meetings and events around Horry County. The one familiar face I knew I could expect to see was Lois Eargle.
If you don’t personally know Lois, I hope you’ll trust me when I say that she is someone we can all admire. Over the years, I learned of her many contributions in serving the public and began to appreciate her for more than just the truly amazing person she is, but also for her strong leadership, values and judgment.
Lois Eargle shattered the glass ceiling years ago, paving the way for women to serve in leadership positions at the local, state and national level. Eargle was appointed by the governor to serve as president of the first Citizen’s Congress with the purpose of recommending necessary reforms to the South Carolina judicial system. She went on to be the first woman and the first non-lawyer or non-jurist selected to serve on the Board of the American Judicature.
She was the first woman in Horry County to run for the state legislature, where she served four terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives. President Ronald Reagan appointed Lois Eargle to serve on his Commission on Mental Retardation. Today, she serves as the only woman ever elected as Horry County’s auditor, and she will be on the ballot this June for re-election.
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She has an impressive track record, and there is no one more proven. Lois doesn’t just talk about honesty and responsibility to the people she serves; she lives and breathes it every day. It all provides reassurance that there are still some good, trustworthy and deserving people elected to public office.
Lois loves serving the community and the Lord. She is both fearless and humble. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Please vote Lois Eargle for Horry County Auditor on June 14.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.