Clint Elliott announces run for Georgetown County Council

Would be first Murrells Inlet resident to serve on county council in 20 years

MURRELLS INLET – Clint Elliott, a Murrells Inlet environmental scientist and community volunteer, Monday announced his candidacy as a Republican for Georgetown County Council stating that he wants to focus on controlling growth, public safety and cost-effective budgeting.

“I'll stand up for our residents and businesses,” Elliott said. “I’ll work to carefully control growth, strengthen public safety and ensure cost effective government with low taxes.”

“It’s so important to guide growth on the Waccamaw Neck so as to provide the best possible quality of life while protecting the natural resources that make it a highly desirable destination to live, work and visit,” Elliott continued.

It has been 20 years since a Murrells Inlet resident served on county council. Inlet resident Tom Swatzel served from 1995 to 2002.

“I’m hopeful I can win election,” Elliott said. “I'll work to keep Murrells Inlet the beautiful, safe, and quaint little village we all love, enjoy and call home.”

A 10-year resident of Murrells Inlet, Elliott is running for the District 1 seat currently held by North Litchfield resident John Thomas, who has announced he will not seek reelection next year.

Elliott, 52, is an environmental scientist, who heads all of the drinking water laboratories for the Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority. He has a degree in microbiology from Clemson.

Elliott grew up in the Yauhannah Community in the western part of Georgetown County. His father Benny served on the county school board and his mother Elaine was a county magistrate.

Elliott represents the northeastern part of the state on the S.C. Drought Response Committee that governs drought related issues and response in the state.

He is on the board of the Waccamaw Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association and is a graduate of the Leadership Grand Strand program.

Elliott’s wife Marodith is board chair of Murrells Inlet 2020, a nonprofit community advocacy group. They attend Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet.