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Horry County Council District 8 candidates

John Abercrombie

Age | 54

Address | 1037 Martin Lane, Conway

Occupation | Businessman

Education | Attended University of South Carolina

Civic and political experience | Tar River Conservation Board, Wilson County, N.C., member of Tilly Swamp Baptist Church, teach Sunday school, choir member, state legislative board of the National Solid Waste Association, Carolina Forest Booster Club, student government president at USC Beaufort.

Military | None

E-mail/ website | www.johnabercrombie.org, jabercrow@aol.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 | I believe there needs to be an independent audit of our structure of county government to make sure we are not overstaffed in our administrative areas. This will allow us to get the money in the hands of the essential service personnel and closer to the constituency. I also believe we have to take a realistic look at what our county government should and should not be providing. Once this is done we can look at our funding and whether it is adequate.

Carl Schwartzkopf (i)

Age | 68

Address | 105 University Circle, Conway

Occupation | Retired professor

Education | Bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University, completed requirements from the Harvard Graduate School of Design for golf course management

Civic and political experience | Horry County Council January 2004 to present, president of the faculty senate at HGTC, volunteer for the A place called home, former lay leader and member Christ the Servant Lutheran Church

Military | U.S. Navy veteran, 11 years active duty, 11 years in reserve

E-mail | cschwartzkopf@horrycounty.org

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 | With the current economic conditions that many citizens are experiencing in Horry County, raising taxes is not an option at this time or in the near future. Therefore, some thought will have to be given to reducing some services, charging a fee for other services and reconsidering priorities to decrease spending.

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