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Horry County Council Chairman candidates

Howard Barnard

Age | 65

Address | 119 N. Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach

Occupation | retired

Education | Bachelor's in business administration from University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.; MBA from University of Oklahoma, Enid, Okla.; Master's in military arts and science from Army Command and General Staff school; post graduate work at Penn State University, State College, Pa., in environmental pollution control

Civic and political experience | Horry County Council, 2004 to present; supervisory board of Carolina Trust Credit Union; former board member and president of the local chapter of the Knight Foundation; former board member and president of the Horry County Habitat for Humanity board; former flight captain and current member of Elliot White Springs Order of the Daedalians; co-founder of the Wright Flight of S.C.; current board member Waccamaw Council of Governments; Grand Strand Area Transportation Study member; chairman of the SELL task force, elder and a deacon in the Presbyterian Church; past president/ board member and current member of the Surfside Area Rotary Club.

Military | U.S. Air Force, fighter pilot, wing commander, colonel

E-mail/ website | hdbiii@hotmail.com; www.howardbarnard.com

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 recession has slowed a decade of explosive growth. We're all eager to return to better days, but one positive effect is that we have used this period to reduce the size of government without dramatic cuts in services. Council has accurately anticipated fluctuations in revenue and adjusted spending accordingly.

Tom Rice

Age | 52

Address | 5100 N. Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach

Occupation | Tax lawyer and business owner

Education | Bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting and a law degree from University of South Carolina

Civic and political experience | President of Myrtle Beach Haven Homeless Shelter for 10 years; former board member at the YMCA; former president of the Grand Strand Sertoma Club; former president of the Ocean View Foundation; former chairman of Myrtle Beach Board of Zoning Appeals; former member Horry County Probate Court Advisory Committee; former member of the Blue Ribbon committee to study emergency services for Myrtle Beach; Boy Scouts volunteer; Leadership Grand Strand VIII; Big Brother/Little Brother Organization; Trinity Episcopal Church: former Vestry member, Sunday School teacher, Young Ministry volunteer.

Military | none

E-mail/ website | votetomrice.com; votetomrice@gmail.com

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?

Rice | Revenue increases are not realistic in the foreseeable future. I will explore with department heads ideas to make the delivery of services more efficient. While I am certain that some personnel cuts will be unavoidable, I will strive to achieve those cuts without material effect on services.

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