Lazarus leads Horry Co. Council Chairman runoff election

Mark Lazarus
Mark Lazarus

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – When the polls for Horry County Council Chairman runoff election closed, voters chose candidate Mark Lazarus for the Republican nomination.

The latest unofficial election results showed Mark Lazarus leading Al Allen with 55 percent of the vote to his 44, with 99.20 percent of precincts counted.

Only 6.38 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in the runoff election Tuesday.

When the polls closed earlier this month, voters in Horry County failed to choose a clear winner in the Republican primary for Horry County Council Chair, forcing the front runners into a runoff election.

Election officials confirmed the results and announced the two front runners that headed to the runoff election on March 26.

Mark Lazarus took 40.79 percent of the vote in the Primary on Tuesday, March 12. Al Allen edged out Debbie Harwell with 24.47 percent of the vote to her 23.59 percent, according to the unofficial results.

Lazarus, the winner of the runoff election will be placed on the ballot for the general election on Tuesday, April 30. No Democratic candidates have filed for the county council chairman seat vacated by Representative Tom Rice, so the Republican nominee will be running unopposed.

However, voters will have to option to write-in a candidate on April 30. The new chairman or chairwoman will be elected after the votes of the April 30 election have been certified.

Five candidates were competing to have their names on the ballot as the Republican nominee for Horry County Council Chairperson – Mark Lazarus, Debbie Harwell, Liz Gilland, Fonzie Lewis and Al Allen. None of the five secured a majority of the votes.

All five Republican candidates sat down with WMBF News Anchor Michael Maely prior to Tuesday's primary election to share their goals and hopes upon securing the chairperson's seat. Rewatch those interviews on

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