MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Nine candidates will be vying for three seats on the Myrtle Beach City Council on Nov. 7.
WMBF News reporter Meredith Helline will be profiling all nine of the candidates beginning Monday and running daily through Thursday, Oct. 26.
The candidates will be asked about public safety in Myrtle Beach, downtown redevelopment and why they would be the best candidate to represent the city.
The profiles will run Oct. 16 through Oct. 26, beginning daily at 5 p.m. The nine candidates for Myrtle Beach City Council are:
- Ann Dunham
- Matthew Hardee
- Mike Hobeika
- Mike Lowder
- Brooks Myers
- Gregg Smith
- Keith VanWinkle
- Jackie Vereen
- Randal Wallace
On her Facebook page, Dunham states she entered the election over a concern over unfair and unethical tax-and-spend policies, as well as what she considers ineffective city leadership.
According to WMBF News partner My Horry News, Matthew Hardee is running because he feels the current Myrtle Beach City Council is out of touch with residents. He said his three priorities, if elected, would be crime, transparency, and shifting all funds from the tourism development fee to go toward the city.
According to his Facebook page, Hobeika is running "for every citizen that wants equal representation and the best future imaginable."
Lowder is seeking to keep his seat on the Myrtle Beach City Council. According to the city website, he was first elected to the council in 2009. Prior to that, he served on the city's board of zoning appeals.
According to My Horry News, Myers lists the rise in violent crime in the area as his primary motivation for running for council.
Smith's Facebook page states that he has been a realtor with Century 21 Broadhurst for the past nine years. He is currently a member of the board of directors for both Habitat for Humanity of Horry County and the Grand Strand Miracle Leagues.
A former candidate for Horry County Council, VanWinkle said he would focus heavily on public safety and a lack of government transparency.
Vereen, who has run for city council three previous times, said she would work to represent residents and businesses from all parts of the city.
Wallace, who was first elected to city council in 2001, first served on the Myrtle Beach Zoning Board of Adjustments prior to his election.