CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – James Frazier, the Horry County Councilman for District 7, has announced his resignation from office after service as a councilman for 35 years.
"I consider it a high privilege and honor to have served as Councilman of District 7 for the past 36 years," Frazier stated in his resignation letter. "It has always been and will continue to be my passion to work collaboratively with the community and with the county government on both the local and national levels to exchange innovative ideas for promoting better efficiency in administration, and to provide needed improvements in infrastructure , facilities, resources, and community support."
Frazier was elected to the Horry County Council in 1980, and is the namesake of the James R. Frazier Community Center in the Bucksport Community. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of state policy by serving on the South Carolina Association of Counties Board of Directors since 2006, according to a news release from the Horry County government. Frazier was appointed president of the board in 2015.
Frazier retired from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture after 23 years of service, and was one of five spokesmen nationwide that was invited to the White House by President Jimmy Carter to discuss issues facing American farmers. Frazier is also a long-time member of the Horry County Democratic Party, and was elected as the group's first African-American chairman in 1986.
"I rise today to recognize a man of many achievements and talents, whose contributions to the Bucksport Community and our entire county have enriched many lives and contributed to the economic health of our community," stated Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus. "There are not enough words to express his love for Horry County and his dedication to service to the people of this county. He is a man of few, but powerful words. When he speaks, the room will go silent and everyone will listen as his wisdom is what has guided our county into the amazing place it is today. It has truly been an honor to serve with Mr. Frazier."
On November 30, WMBF News reported that Frazier had not been at a council meeting since September 15. Chairman Lazarus confirmed that Frazier had been admitted to an assisted living facility, but said they were "trying to get him back."
Frazier's resignation is effective March 1. According to the Horry County news release, filings for Horry County Council District 7 will open on March 18 and close on March 28. The special election schedule is as follows:
-May 17 – Primary election
-May 31 – Runoff election, if necessary
-July 5 – General Election