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Horry County Council District 11 candidates

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.

U.A. Johnson

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.