Al Allen (i)*
Age | 48
Address | 150 Shanda Lane, Aynor
Occupation | owner, operator of Allen Aviation
Education | attended Ohio State University
Civic and political experience | Chaplin and a past EMT for the Aynor Volunteer Rescue Squad
Military experience | U.S. Air Force and the S.C. Air National Guard
*Biographical information from Allen's online Horry County Council biography. He did not respond to requests for answers to the candidate questionnaires.
Age | 70
Address | 5315 U.A.J. Lane, Galivants Ferry
Occupation | retired from Horry County government
Education | bachelor's in business admin, minor in accounting Palmer College, Charleston
Civic and political experience | member Berea Baptist Church; past member of Conway Lions Club; volunteer for the United Way, S.C. Lung Association and S.C. Heart Association, former board member for the local chapter of the American Red Cross
Military experience | U.S. Army veteran, military policeman
E-mail/ website | none
Question | With expectations for county budgets in the next few years being dire, what plans do you have to either increase revenue or decrease spending?
Answer | The first thing I would do is look at the County Council members' recreation funds and their individual budgets. I would suggest they start by cutting those. The other area I think the county will need to look at is the vehicle fleet policy. The county is losing thousands of dollars a year on those county vehicles. I would also look at the individual department budgets, and I would freeze the hiring. I would say that people who are part of the Terry [retirement] program, until the economy improves, the county should not rehire any of those employees.