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.
• 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)
• 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)
• 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
• Education: BS in International Business from Syracuse University
• Current occupation: Founder / CEO of Newman Brothers Construction
• Political experience: none
• Education: University of South Carolina
• Current occupation: real estate agent
• Political experience: a mandate on the municipal council