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House District 106 candidates

Nelson Hardwick (i)

Age | 58

Address | 714 Cedar Drive N. Surfside Beach, 29575

Occupation | engineer and businessman

Education | bachelor's of science in chemical engineering, 1973; master's of science in environmental engineering, 1977, Clemson University

Civic and political experience | chairman of the Horry County Stormwater Advisory Committee and South Evacuation Lifeline Committee, and member of the S.C. House of Representatives District 106

Military | none

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Question |The Grand Strand depends on tourism for its well-being. What are your specific plans for helping diversify and grow the tourism industry here?

Answer | Work closely with our local political leaders, chambers of commerce both at the state level and locally to encourage new business to locate in Horry County and continue to reduce regulations that discourage business from locating in our state.

Mande Wilkes

Age | 25

Address | 1340 Gibson Avenue, Surfside Beach, 29575

Occupation | legal consultant; small business operator

Education | bachelor's of science in psychology from the College of Charleston; juris doctorate from Charleston School of Law

Civic and political experience | Crisis Hotline volunteer coordinator; Young Adult Community outreach director; pro bono legal consultant

Military | none

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Question | The Grand Strand depends on tourism. What are your specific plans for helping diversify and grow the tourism industry?

Answer | Promoting pro-business policies is the most effective way to bring jobs and growth to the area. I will fight to ease the corporate tax burden so our local economy can thrive. Beyond that, quality education is the key. Skilled, educated workers bring diversified business prospects to the Grand Strand, and diversification is the key to economic security.