Harrelson wins runoff

Todd Harrelson was elected mayor of Loris, according to unofficial election results. 

Todd Harrelson has been elected mayor of the city of Loris.

Harrelson — who has been on council for more than two years and has served as mayor pro tempore — defeated longtime city councilman Michael Suggs in Tuesday’s runoff, according to the unofficial results announced in front of a crowded room at the Loris Public Safety building.

Harrelson received 270 votes while Suggs garnered 237.

There were 86 absentee ballots cast at the Horry County Elections Office in Conway. Of those, seven were for Harrelson and 79 were for Suggs. 

There were also two provisional ballots cast, with Harrelson garnering both votes.

Harrelson said he is thankful for the community’s support.

“I’m humbled by the people coming out. I appreciate it,” he said. “Knowing that the people are behind me, I feel great.”

Harrelson said he wants to focus on what the city council has been working toward, which is improved drainage and safety as well as economic growth.

The votes will be certified Thursday.

Last month, a special election was held to fill the seat of Mayor Henry Nichols who passed away Feb. 26. Harrelson and Suggs both received more votes than longtime city councilwoman Joan Gause and newcomer Jeanie Tyler Fox. 

Loris officials said 224 votes were needed to secure a win. Because no candidate hit that number, Tuesday's runoff was held.

Harrelson and his wife Sheila have three children and he is the owner of Southeastern Timberland, Inc. as well as TMH Real Estate, LLC.

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