The filing period is now underway for anyone in the City of Loris who would like to be a candidate in the special election to fill the seat of Mayor Henry Nichols who passed away Feb. 26.
As of this week’s Loris Scene deadline, three people -- all current members of Loris City Council -- had filed to appear on the May 28 ballot. They are Todd Harrelson, Joan Gause and Michael Suggs.
Todd Harrelson is the current Mayor Pro Tem and has been a member of Loris City Council since January 2017. He won during a special election that was needed after Councilman Michael Dozier resigned. He was elected to a full term in December 2017.
Harrelson and his wife, Sheila have three children and he is the owner of Southeastern Timberland, Inc. as well as TMH Real Estate, LLC.
Michael Suggs has been a member of Loris City Council for 25 years. He lost by only one vote when he ran against Nichols in the 2015 mayor’s race. But he rebounded in 2017 when he was the top vote-getter in his bid for reelection to his council seat.
Suggs, a local attorney, says his experience on council and his dedication to helping the residents of Loris are just some of the things that will make him a good mayor for the city.
Gause has been a member of council for more than 25 years and is also a previous mayor pro tem.
One newcomer, Jeanie Tyler-Fox, has announced she is running but had not filed by Monday morning.
She is a Loris native who works with Advocare and the Joseph Law Firm.
She said she feels having a woman as mayor would be a big asset. She said one of her goals -- something Mayor Nichols tried to get -- is to get a grant writer for the city.
Filing for the seat continues until noon March 25. Anyone who wants to file can do so at the temporary city hall located in the Loris Public Works building. The fee to file is $75.