Harwell withdraws from Congress race

From Debbie Harwell:

It is with great regret that I must remove my name for consideration in the 7th Congressional District race. Over the Christmas holidays, my husband experienced some serious health issues and my place is with him right now. This has been a hard decision for us; but after prayerful consideration and gaining medical advice, it is the right decision. I would not be able to give him the time and support he needs while also running an effective campaign for Congress.

Within the last four months, I have been more than appreciative of the campaign efforts by so many people. I have renewed old friendships and established many new friendships that will last a lifetime and for that I have been blessed.

"Even though I will not be on the campaign trail seven days a week, I will continue to study the candidates and will voice strong support for the one that I believe can represent the Pee Dee most effectively," said Harwell.

Harwell's political campaign consultant Donald Smith said, "Of course, I am disappointed but support Debbie's decision. Upfront, she let me know that her decisions are based first on faith, second on family and lastly on self; therefore, I know it is the right choice for her. I was excited when she engaged me because I knew we had a winning candidate with her experience, ties to Horry, Florence and Georgetown Counties. The organizational efforts had just been completed along with her campaign literature and fundraising efforts when this happened. Debbie wants the best for the Pee Dee and will add her support and influence to the
candidate she decides is the best for our district."