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Sole Democrat backs out of Horry County school board chair race

Ken Richardson talks about winning the Horry County school board chair Republican primary

Voters select Republican nominee for Horry County school board chair. Ken Richardson won, beating out Pat Milley and Janice Morreale.
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Voters select Republican nominee for Horry County school board chair. Ken Richardson won, beating out Pat Milley and Janice Morreale.

Democrat Heather Johnson on Tuesday announced that she was withdrawing from the Horry County school board chair race, giving Republican primary winner Ken Richardson no opponent in the general election, according to a press release from Johnson.

“First, I tend to be both a social and fiscal conservative — but I filed as a Democrat believing that I would have a better chance to make my case and discuss the issues against a single opponent in November than in a crowded primary in July,” Johnson said in the news release, adding that because many voters vote straight ticket Republican, she realized she wouldn’t win.

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Because I am not a politician, I was naive in that, even if voters on both sides of the isle favor my candidacy, ‘straight-ticket voting’ assures a Republican victory in November,” she said in the release.

Johnson, a mother and former teacher, said she entered the race because she’s concerned about the younger generation of Americans losing communication skills, manners, and respect for others.

Instead, Johnson said in the release that she looks forward to helping Richardson as liaison to the board for teacher and student needs.

“I like Heather. She had her heart and her mind in the right place. It takes a lot today to get out and run like that. I think she’s a class act,” Richardson said. “I understand the reason behind it. Her doing this is going to allow me to concentrate on what I need to do and not have to spend the next three months campaigning.”

Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian

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