Politics & Government

Surfside council heads into election as turmoil continues

Election signs line the roads in Surfside Beach. Surfside Beach. General elections for the Town of Surfside Beach will be held Tuesday April 3 to elect three town council members. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. The three seats will fill a term beginning May 8, 2018 and ending May 10, 2022. 
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Election signs line the roads in Surfside Beach. Surfside Beach. General elections for the Town of Surfside Beach will be held Tuesday April 3 to elect three town council members. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. The three seats will fill a term beginning May 8, 2018 and ending May 10, 2022. April 2, 2018. jlee@thesunnews.com

Tuesday is Election Day for the Town of Surfside Beach. Seven candidates are vying for three open council seats after months of turmoil.

Candidates Carol Cook, incumbent Tim Courtney, Bruce Deitrich, incumbent David Pelligrino, Debbie Scoles, MaryNell True and Cabell Young will all appear on the ballot Tuesday. Current councilwoman Julie Samples is not running for reelection.

The term for the three seats begins May 8 and ends May 10, 2022.

Polling locations are at Surfside #1, Dick M. Johnson Civic Center, 829 N. Pine Drive, and Surfside #2 and #4 at Surfside United Methodist Church, 800 13th Ave. N. Absentee ballots should have been requested before March 2. Voters may vote absentee in person at Horry County Elections and Registration in Conway until 5 p.m. today.

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Election signs line the roads in Surfside Beach. Surfside Beach. General elections for the Town of Surfside Beach will be held Tuesday April 3 to elect three town council members. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. The three seats will fill a term beginning May 8, 2018 and ending May 10, 2022. April 2, 2018. JASON LEE jlee@thesunnews.com

In the last eight months, three town advisory board members have quit, two administrators have been fired and the town has been presented with at least two lawsuits.

The latest news was Thursday when former deputy administrator Jon Harrah sued, accusing the town of firing him illegally, according to court records.

In August, three members of advisory boards in Surfside Beach quit Tuesday night, citing dysfunction on town council.

Town council is made up of six council members and mayor Bob Childs, whose terms ends May 2020.

For more information, visit http://www.surfsidebeach.org/elections-commission.

Reporter Megan Tomasic contributed to this report.

Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong

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