On Thursday evening, Todd Harrelson was sworn in as the new mayor of the City of Loris -- and announced he is running for the seat again in November.
Harrelson -- who was elected to his first term on Loris City Council in January 2017 -- has been the acting mayor since the death of Mayor Henry Nichols in February.
Nichols was in the final year of his first term as mayor when he passed away.
On May 31, Harrelson and City Councilman Michael Suggs were the top vote-getters in the field of five candidates seeking the mayor’s seat. Neither man received a majority of the vote, so a runoff was held June 11.
In the runoff, 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, on the night of the runoff, 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.
On Thursday evening, Harrelson was joined at the podium by his wife, Sheila, as Loris City Clerk Kenya Wright administered the oath of office.
“I am honored and humbled and I appreciate all the support,” Harrelson said to those who attended the swearing in ceremony. “I do promise I will do the very best I can do for the City of Loris.”
His wife said becoming mayor has been one of Harrelson’s goals for a long time.
“I believe his whole heart is to do what is best for Loris. He puts God first and he prays about every decision be makes for this town,” Mrs. Harrelson said.
Because Nichols was in the final year of his term, the mayor’s seat will be on the ballot again in November. Harrelson said he is seeking reelection.