GEORGETOWN TIMES: Murrells Inlet scientist announces run for Georgetown County Council District 1 seat

By Demi Lawrence
December 13, 2021

MURRELLS INLET — Environmental scientist Clint Elliott of Murrells Inlet announced his run as a Republican for the Georgetown County Council District 1 seat Dec. 13.

This comes a month after local businesswoman Stella Mercado announced she would run for neighboring District 6. Incumbent Steve Goggans is not seeking reelection.

Elliot, who works for the Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority, is focusing on controlling growth, public safety and budgeting, according to his campaign announcement.

He said he was inspired to run after seeing Murrells Inlet and the Waccamaw Neck grow so quickly without its infrastructure keeping up.

“I have zero interest here, I’m not a developer, I’m not a real estate agent or architect or anything like that, so my intentions are pure,” Elliot said. “Everybody knows that growth is inevitable, it’s coming, we just need to make sure that it doesn’t outgrow the infrastructure.”

The district’s current councilman, John Thomas, is not seeking reelection, he said.

“I don’t know Clint, but from what I have heard I think he will make a good councilman if elected,” he said.

Elliott grew up in the Yauhannah community in the western part of Georgetown County, with his father serving on the county school board and his mother a county magistrate.

Elliott also represents the northeastern part of the state on the S.C. Drought Response Committee that governs drought related issues across the state and is on the Waccamaw Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association board.

While candidates might begin their campaigns now, the filing period for the Nov. 8 Georgetown County Council election is March 16, 2022, through March 30, 2022.

Council chairman Louis Morant’s District 7 seat is also up for election in 2022, and Morant previously said he intends to run.

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