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Kelly, Owens head to runoff for Horry County District 3 Republican Primary

Left: Bob Kelly /Right:Oliver "Bubba" Owens Left: Bob Kelly /Right:Oliver "Bubba" Owens

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Bob Kelly and Oliver “Bubba” Owens will face each other in a runoff Republican primary election on Tuesday, November 17, for the District 3 seat of the Horry County Council.

WMBF News Anchor Lisa Gresci sat down with all of the candidates running for the District 3 seat on Horry County Council and asked them the same series of questions.

Bubba Owens says he was born and raised in the Myrtle Beach area, which he says makes him most suitable for the seat.

He explains he’s seen the issues the county faces, and believes a program different from local neighborhood watch groups could potentially help deter crime in the Myrtle Beach area.

“Basically I'm just born and raised here, I want to do this for the people, and my objective is to do this for the people of Horry County, and District 3 where I grew up my whole life, and I see all of the stuff that's going on now, and I'm just trying to make that voice so we can correct some of it,” Owens said. 

Bob Kelly believes the shortage of public safety and first responder officials is the main issue facing Horry County right now.  Kelly has a 25-year background in law enforcement as a police officer in New Jersey.

Kelly says now is the time to hire and keep law enforcement officials in the county by making wages more comparable to the surrounding areas. 

If elected, Kelly aims to bridge the gap between the city of Myrtle Beach and the Horry County police departments.

“Well, I believe I'm truly, the only qualified candidate to run for this seat, because my law enforcement background, if you look at all the other candidates, their campaign literature, public safety is number one on their list, well no one is better to take care of that than myself,” Kelly explained. 

The winner of the run off will face Democrat Jimmy Washington in the General Election on December 22.

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