Filing for the special election for SC House District 106 will open Friday May 29, 2015 at noon.
The special election will fill the unexpired term of Rep. Nelson Hardwick who resigned from office earlier this month.
While nothing becomes official until filing papers and fees are submitted, two candidates have already announced their intentions to seek the office.
Russell Fry, an Horry County attorney and Republican Party executive committeeman, and Tyler Servant, Horry County Council District 5 member, have announced they will be running for the open SC House District 106 seat.
We are hearing Chuck Ottwell, recently appointed to the Coast RTA board, and former candidate for Horry County Council District 5 is planning to run.
Local writer Mande Wilkes’ name has been aired as a possible candidate. She challenged Hardwick in the 2010 Republican Primary for the nomination and scored an impressive 45% of the vote against a, then, three term incumbent.
However, Wilkes and husband Alex Robinson have had a son since that race, which may be a deterring factor to running for office at this time.
We are hearing speculation that Reese Boyd III, Horry County attorney and former Republican Party official, who lost to Servant in a runoff for the Horry County Council District 5 Republican nomination, may also be considering a run.
Boyd is the most experienced and probably best qualified of the names mentioned.