Democrats chose Harold Phillips and Republicans selected Robert Shelley in Tuesday’s primary contest as their nominee for the 7th District Horry County Council seat to face off in the general election July 5.
Phillips received 51 percent of the ballots cast, the majority vote required to avoid a runoff election between the other Democratic contenders Orton Bellamy and Lee Sherman. Bellamy received 27 percent of the vote and Sherman captured 22 percent.
On the Republican side, Shelley reined in 58 percent of the vote, while Mike Roberts received 42 percent.
The vote tallies are according to unofficial results from the Horry County Registration and Election office.
The special election was held to fill the seat of retiring Democratic Councilman James Frazier, who stepped down in March for health reasons. The 77-year-old Bucksport native was the first African-American elected to the council and its longest-serving member.
Harold Phillips (Democrat)
Orton Bellamy (Democrat)
Lee Sherman (Democrat)
Robert Shelley (Republican)
Mike Roberts (Republican)