Politics & Government

One files for House District 106 seat Friday

One candidate filed for the vacant S.C. House of Representatives District 106 seat on the first day of filing Friday.

Russell Fry, 30, a lifelong resident of the area, filed with the S.C. State Election Commission.

Fry is a graduate of Socastee High School, the University of South Carolina, and the Charleston School of Law. He is co-owner of a small strategic consulting business, lawyer at the Coastal Law Firm, and serves as the executive committeeman for the Horry County Republican Party.

The District 106 seat was vacated by former Rep. Nelson Hardwick, 63, who resigned May 12 in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed a female House staffer. The married father of three had occupied the seat for 10 years.

The vacancy triggered the need for a special election. Filing is open until June 8. A primary is scheduled for July 28 with a special general election on Sept. 15.

District 106 covers an area of the South Strand, including Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach.

Jason M. Rodriguez, jrodriguez@thesunnews.com