Myrtle Beach City Council Candidates Speak Out on Problems Facing Town | New

Five candidates are running for three vacant positions on Myrtle Beach City Council, meaning a majority will sit in the next four years.

Incumbents Jackie Hatley, Mike Lowder and Gregg Smith are running for re-election, and newcomers Alex Fogel and John Newman have thrown their hats off.

Myhorrynews.com gathered their biographies and asked them about key issues in Myrtle Beach, including crime, affordable housing, immunization warrants, and the city’s perks.

Candidates’ biographies






Alex Fogel, candidate for Myrtle Beach city council. Photo by Janet Morgan/[email protected]


Alex Fogel

• Education: UCLA – Lifetime education title in business, technology and related subjects; Syracuse University – Certificate in Service Marketing

• Current occupation: retired

• Political experience: Community Workforce Development Board (Orange County, California); member of the board of directors (POA Eagle Creek Ranch); board member (Maple Park HOA)






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Outgoing city councilor Jackie Hatley. (Courtesy of Jackie Hatley)


Jackie Hatley

• Education: University of South Carolina – Coastal, 1993 graduate – BS in Business Administration

• Current occupation: Hotel owner / operator

• Political experience: currently serves on Myrtle Beach City Council (first term), Board of Zoning Appeals (one term); Community Appearance Council (two terms)






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Outgoing Councilor Mike Lowder. (Courtesy of Mike Lowder)


Mike Lowder

• Education: associate’s degree in criminal justice

• Current occupation: Retired law enforcement officer. Worked for the Myrtle Beach Police Department (Lieutenant) and the Horry County Sheriff’s Office (Deputy Chief)

• Political experience: City councilor; chaired the Zoning Appeal Board for five years






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John Newman, candidate for Myrtle Beach city council. (Courtesy of John Newman)




John newman

• Education: BS in International Business from Syracuse University

• Current occupation: Founder / CEO of Newman Brothers Construction

• Political experience: none






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Outgoing Councilor Gregg Smith, Tuesday, January 9, 2018.


Gregg smith

• Education: University of South Carolina

• Current occupation: real estate agent

• Political experience: a mandate on the municipal council

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