3 file for Horry Co. chair, Grabowski not running

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Three people filed to be considered for the top spot on the Horry County Council, but Councilman Bob Grabowski apparently reconsidered.

Tom Price, a Myrtle Beach tax attorney, filed for the seat on Monday, and Vincent Lehotsky, of Loris, filed March 19. Current Chairwoman Liz Gilland announced at a meeting on March 16 she would not run for re-election.

Horry County Republican Chairman Robert Rabon said Grabowski did not file by the noon Tuesday deadline. Grabowski, who announced March 12 he planned to run as chair of the council, did not answer calls seeking comment, and has not yet returned requests via text message and email.

Grabowski is currently serving as the District 6 representative, which includes the Socastee area. He also serves as chairman of the Public Safety Committee. Grabowski will remain on the council until his seat is up for re-election in 2012.

"I think it's so important that we need somebody who will look at the big picture. I think I can do that," Grabowski said when he announced he would file. "I can look at the big picture and the long range plan and make decisions that will benefit the people of Horry County in the long run."

In January, Councilman Howard Barnard announced that he would like the seat. Barnard represents District 5, which includes Garden City and Surfside. He says his experience on many of the council committees gives him an edge.

Barnard's District 5 seat is up for re-election this year, and if he doesn't get voted in as chairman, he loses his seat on the council.

The primary election is on June 8 with the general election on Nov. 2.

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