Ricky Dew

Ricky Dew signs for council seat.

The stage is now set for the November elections in the City of Loris.

The deadline for filing was supposed to have been Sept. 6 but because Loris City Hall was closed due to Hurricane Dorian, the cutoff was at noon Sept. 4.

When that time passed, only two people had filed to run for the mayor’s seat -- incumbent Todd Harrelson and Loris City Council member Michael Suggs.

It will be a rematch of the special election held in June to fill the unexpired term of Mayor Henry Nichols who died in February.

A runoff was required in that race after Harrelson won the original election by only one vote. In the runoff two weeks later, Harrelson received 270 votes while Suggs garnered 237.

Council seats

There are three council seats expiring this year.

They belong to Joan Gause, Lewis Hardee and Jan Vescovi. All three of the incumbents filed to seek another term for the seats.

The only newcomer who filed to run against the incumbents is Veda Nichols, the widow of Mayor Henry Nichols.

Unexpired council seat

An election will also be held to fill the unexpired term of the council seat vacated by Harrelson when he was elected mayor.

That seat will expire in 2021. Two people filed to run for that position.

Carroll D. Padgett Jr., a retired probate judge who has also served as Loris city attorney will face local businessman Richard (Ricky) Dew. He is the owner of Dew’s Sugar Shack and The Back Porch food truck.

The election takes place Nov. 5.

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