GAB NEWS: Second newcomer announces run for Georgetown County Council

December 13, 2021

A second newcomer plans to run for a Georgetown County Council seat in 2022.

Clint Elliott, a Murrells Inlet environmental scientist and community volunteer, announced his candidacy as a Republican for Georgetown County Council District 1. The seat is currently held by John Thomas who is not seeking another term.

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

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.

In mid-November, businesswoman and civic leader Stella Mercado – CEO and board chair of Mercom, a federal information technology contractor – announced she is running for the Georgetown County Council District 6 seat.

Steve Goggans, the current District 6 representative, says he will not seek another term next year.

The County Council District 7 seat currently held by Chairman Louis Morant is also expiring in 2022. So far, he has no announced opposition.

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