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Horry County Schools candidiate information


Will Garland (i)

Party | Republican

Age | 69

Address | 398 Jordanville Road, Aynor, SC 29511

Occupation | Senior vice president, finance and administration, Coastal Carolina University

Education | BSIM from Ga. Tech; MBA from Ga. State; completed all coursework for Ph.D. in business from Ga. State; completed 18 graduate hours in education from USC Columbia

Civic and political experience | HCS board member 2000-2002; HCS board chairman 2002-2010

Military | USAF 1960-1964

E-mail/website |

Children | son and daughter

Subhash C. Saxena

Party | Democrat

Age | Over 65

Address | 4407 Green Bay Trail, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Occupation | Retired professor (distinguished professor emeritus)

Education | Ph.D.

Civic and political experience | Helping in the Myrtle Beach soup kitchen, member of the executive committee of Horry County Democratic party.

Military | None

E-mail/website |,

Children | Two

District 2

MaryEllen Greene (i)

Party | Democrat

Age | 64

Address | 8803 Kings Road, Myrtle Beach

Occupation | Retired director-teacher of the Friendship House Preschool

Education | B.S. early childhood and elementary education, St. John's University, N.Y.

Civic experience | Member of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach; chairwoman of the board of visitors for the Edwards College at CCU; member of the board of directors of the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum; member of the board of directors of the South Carolina School Board's Association; member of state committee to study taxation and funding; member of State Superintendent Jim Rex's transition team; member of the State Board of Education's awards committee.

Political experience | currently represents District 2 on the Horry County School Board

Military | None

E-mail |

Children | One daughter, one granddaughter

Karen McIlrath

Party | Republican

Age | 47

Address | 701 Jasmine Ave., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Occupation | Health and wellness consultant

Education | Magna cum laude and B.S. in nursing from San Francisco State University, RN

Civic and political experience | Public school volunteer since 1996; PTO VP and member of the School Improvement Council at Ocean Bay Middle for 2009-10; past president, vice president, treasurer and cultural director for Southern Star Lodge, Sons of Norway; event director for the Scandinavian Heritage Festival in 2009, '10; Youth Heritage Summer Camp counselor for Sons of Norway Third District since 1999; Member of St. Philip Lutheran Church since 1996; former director of Christian Ed., Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School director; former Girl Scout leader; member of Myrtle Beach Republican Woman and Horry County Republican Party

Military | Captain U.S. Air Force Nurse Corp. Stationed at Myrtle Beach AFB 1986-1989

E-mail/website |,

Children | Heather, Christopher and Ian

Rivers Lynch

Party | Petition candidate

Age | 64

Address | 130 North Gate Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Occupation | Retired teacher and coach

Education | Appalachian State University

Civic and political experience | I believe there are few higher civic callings than serving the youth of our community, which I did for 38 years as a teacher, coach and family man.

Military | None

E-mail/website |

Children | Four daughters

District 3

Joe DeFeo (i)

Party | Republican

Age | 57

Address | 817 Silvercrest Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Occupation | Pilot/aircraft mechanic

Education | Degree in electronics technology

Civic and political experience | Former police officer; member of Carolina Forest Civic Association; member of Republican party, South Strand Republican Club and Carolina Forest Republican Club; South Carolina state constable

Military | None

E-mail/website |, Facebook

Children | Three children

Johnny Evans

Party | Democrat

Age | 52

Address | 1209 King St., Myrtle Beach

Occupation | Equipment operator, senior

Education | B.S. in Industrial Arts Education

Civic and political experience | 12 years plus

Children | Yes

District 10

Neil James, (i)

Party | Republican

Age | 48

Address | 2950 Loop Road, Loris, SC 29569

Occupation | Engineer, working as manager of distribution operations with Santee Cooper

Education | Loris High School, 1980; Clemson University, 1985: B.S., agricultural engineering and B.S., electrical engineering; Webster University, 1996: MBA, business

Civic and political experience | Loris First Baptist Church member; Loris Civitan Club member; Loris Recreational Department Coach (1995-2007); graduate, Leadership Grand Strand XXV; Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Regents member (2005-2008); Horry County Airport Advisory Committee member (2001-2009); Loris Area School Advisory Board member (2004-2009); Horry County School Board member District 10 (October 2009-present)

Military | None

E-mail/website |

Children | Two daughters, Alexis and Alston (married to wife Felicia 24 years)

Lucian N. Norton Jr.

Party | Democrat

Age | Over 65

Address | 6670 S.C. 9, Nichols, SC 29581

Occupation | Home salesman, agriculture teacher and retired Army Corps of Engineers civil engineer/economist

Education | Attended Horry County public schools, Clemson University (B.S. in vocational agricultural education), University of Nebraska (civil engineering), Coastal Carolina University (history education)

Civic and political experience | Boy Scout leader, Little League coach

Military | Korean War veteran (14 months in Europe)

E-mail/website |, Facebook/Lucian Norton

Children | Two sons, three granddaughters and one grandson