There will be four Loris City Council seats, as well as the mayor’s position, on the ballot in November and filing for anyone wanting to run is underway.
The filing period began at noon Friday and continues until noon Sept. 6.
At the deadline for this week’s Loris Scene, the only person who had filed for the mayor’s race was incumbent Todd Harrelson.
Harrelson was elected to the position of mayor in June to fill the unexpired term of Henry Nichols who passed away in February.
Harrelson was elected as a city council member in 2017 and served as mayor pro tem until being elected mayor.
No one has filed to run against Harrelson but City Councilman Michael Suggs said he plans to run for that seat again.
He opposed Harrelson in June and forced the race to a runoff where he lost 270-237. The runoff was needed after Harrelson won the May 28 election by one single vote – 182 to 181.
Ironically, when Suggs ran against Nichols for the mayor’s seat in 2015, Nichols won 247-246.
Former Mayor David Stoudenmire says he is contemplating a run to try to get his seat back.
Stoudenmire was mayor from 1992 until he decided to not seek reelection in 2015.
The three expiring council seats currently belong to Joan Gause, Lewis Hardee and Jan Vescovi.
At deadline, the only incumbent who had filed is Hardee.
The only newcomer who has filed for a seat on council is Veda Nichols, the widow of Henry Nichols. She is the organizer of the Loris Women’s Coalition.
Because Harrelson is now mayor, his unexpired council seat is also up-for-grabs. The special election to fill that seat – that expires in 2021 – will take place the same day as the elections for mayor and the other three council seats.
So far, no one has filed for that seat on council.
The filing fee for the office of mayor is $75 and the filing fee for the office of city council is $50.