New voice on Myrtle Beach City Council

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David Hucks
David Hucks
David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

The voters headed back to the polls today in a runoff for the last remaining seat on Myrtle Beach City Council.

Despite being outspent by more than ten to one, and having the Mayor of Myrtle Beach, Brenda Bethune, campaign against him, Bill McClure won the day.

The unofficial results show that McClure won the final remaining seat with 1,811, beating out the incumbent, John Krajc with his 1,690 votes.

John Krajc had over $82,000 in his campaign account and hired the biggest named political consultant in the state, yet the voters chose to go in a different direction.

The who’s who list of Myrtle Beach insiders and the mayor, herself, were shocked with the outcome.

Bill McClure will bring some sense of balance to city council.

While it is highly likely that Councilmen Gregg Smith, Mike Chestnut, Debbie Conner and the Mayor will often vote as one unified block, McClure will bring reasoned questions to every issue before the city over the next two coming years. McClure will serve a 4 year term. Mayor Bethune, Mike Lowder, Gregg Smith, and Jackie Hatley are up for re-election in 2 years.

Today’s unofficial results from Myrtle Beach’s municipal runoff election are below.  It appears that voters have elected Bill McClure to a four-year term on Myrtle Beach City Council.  Two weeks ago, voters chose Debbie Conner and Mike Chestnut to fill two Council seats.  City elections are non-partisan and representatives serve all residents (no Council districts).  All three terms will begin in January.

John Krajc – 1,690
Bill McClure – 1,811
Total Votes – 3,501
The Myrtle Beach Election Commission will meet at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 22, in the Second Floor Conference Room at City Hall, 937 Broadway Street, to canvass votes and certify results.  The meeting is open to the public

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