The voters of the 34th Senate District, which covers parts of Georgetown, Horry and Charleston Counties, will have the opportunity to meet candidates who are running for this seat on Monday, May 23, 2016. A candidate forum will be held at the Waccamaw Library, 41 St. Paul’s Place, Pawleys Island, from 6 to 8 p.m.
All four candidates have indicated they will be in attendance and participating that evening. The candidates are Reese Boyd, Joe Ford, Stephen Goldfinch, and Dick Withington. This is for the Republican primary which will be held on June 14. The last day to register to vote in this primary is May 14. You may register to vote online at www.scvotes.org.
The seat is currently held by Sen. Ray Cleary, who has made a decision not to run again. Since there are no other candidates running for this position, whoever wins the Republican primary will all but be the elected senator for our area with just the formality of the election in November.
Issues such as the state of area roadways, education, jobs, environmental impact of state projects and the economy, in addition to other topics, will be discussed. Community residents attending will have the advantage of hearing candidate views first-hand in order to make informed voting decisions.
Questions will be taken from the audience in writing or questions may be submitted in a space on our League web site www.lwvgc.org before May 20. There will be no questions submitted directly to the candidates from the audience at the forum. Coastal Observer editor Charles Swenson will moderate.
The League of Women Voters of Georgetown County and the League of Women Voters of Horry County along with the Coastal Observer, the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and AARP are proud sponsors of this event.
Please join us on Monday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at the Waccamaw Library to hear the views of those seeking the 34th Senate District seat. Be an informed voter!
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet and is a member of the executive board of the League of Women Voters of Georgetown County.