Georgetown lawmaker stepping down

Eric Allen, the representative for District 4 on the Georgetown County School Board, is stepping down from his position because he's leaving the area.

Ray White, spokesman for the Georgetown County School District, made the announcement.

A special election will be held June 14 to fill the seat, said Donna Mahn, the Registration and Elections director for Georgetown County.

Filings for the nonpartisan seat will be handled by the election office. The filing period opens at noon April 1 and closes at noon April 11, Mahn said.

Allen has served on the school board since 2008 and would have been up for re-election in November 2012.

He could not be reached for comment about where he was moving or if he planned to run for another school board seat in the future. His past address is listed at 906 Huger Drive, Georgetown.

Mahn said to be eligible to run for the seat, a person must live in District 4, be at least 18 years old, be a registered voter, have completed a "statement of economic interest" form from the State Ethics Commission, have completed a "statement of candidate intent" form and be able to prove their identification with either a voter registration card or a driver's license.

District 4 runs from Fraser Street in downtown Georgetown west to about the intersection of Highmarket Street and Long Court.

Those interested in filing for the seat can contact the elections office at 303 N. Hazard St., Georgetown, or call 545-3339.

Mahn said the hours for filing will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., except on opening and closing day.