By Paul Gable
Over two hundred people attended Jonathan Hyman’s campaign kickoff event at Arnold Johnson’s shed on Hwy 701 South. Hyman is running for Horry County Treasurer.
Johnson said the event drew a larger crowd than others he has hosted and the crowd was at least as large as the one that showed up for Tom Rice’s campaign kickoff for chairman of Horry County Council in 2010.
“I have no doubt Jonathan will do a good job as Treasurer,” said Johnson. “I remember when (former Treasurer) Johnny C. Allen hired him. Johnny always had good things to say about Jonathan.”
This was the kind of event that former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tip O’Neill alluded to when he said all politics are local. Families from the community came out to support Hyman with the adults enjoying good food and fellowship and the children playing ball outside.
The event was not short of political officeholders and candidates either. S.C. Senate Luke Rankin and S.C. Rep. Jeff Johnson were in attendance.
Rankin said the first thing he thinks of when he hears Hyman’s name is humility, competence and temperament.
“Jonathan is well groomed for this position,” said Rankin. “There will be no surprises. He knows how to carry out the duties of Treasurer.”
Johnson said he wished Hyman well in his campaign for election.
“He is a great guy,” Johnson said. “I go to church with him and know what type of person he is and what a wonderful family he has.”
Former Treasurer Johnny C. Allen said, “I hired him 16 years ago because I knew he was a good, smart kid. I am happy he asked me to endorse him, which I am pleased to do. Jonathan will be an asset to Horry County as its next Treasurer.”
Current Treasurer Roddy Dickinson said it was time for him to retire and pass on the office.
“I have no regrets and I’m looking forward to be able to do other things in life,” said Dickinson. “I am happy to endorse Jonathan for Treasurer. Jonathan works well with people and will make a great Treasurer. He has respect and understanding for others and that is very important in dealing with the public.”
Mike Roberts and Robert Shelley, both Republican candidates for Horry County Council District 7, Devon Blackwell, Republican candidate for Horry County Council District 10, David Jordan, Republican candidate for Horry County Clerk of Court and Seth Rabon, Republican candidate for Horry County Auditor were also in attendance.
Hyman has served in the Horry County Treasurer’s Office for approximately 16 years. He will be running in the June 14, 2016 Republican Primary for the right to be the Republican candidate in the November 8, 2016 general election.