Veda Nichols

It has been less than three months since Loris voters chose Todd Harrelson to be mayor but -- because it was a special election -- it will soon be time to vote again.

The filing period for the seats belonging to the mayor and three council members begins Friday and continues until noon Sept. 6.

The expiring council seats currently belong to Joan Gause, Lewis Hardee and Jan Vescovi.

The election takes place Nov. 5 and the winners will be elected to a four-year term.

On the same day there will be a special election to fill the seat vacated when Harrelson was elected mayor. Whoever wins that seat will serve the two years that remain in that term.

The filing fee for the office of mayor is $75 and the filing fee for the office of city council is $50.

Nichols running for council

The widow of Mayor Henry Nichols -- who passed away in February -- said she will file for a seat on Loris City Council.

“I think it is important for every citizen to find a way to serve their community,” Nichols said. That is why she organized the Loris Women’s Coalition.

Ms. Nichols said if she is elected, there are some of her husband’s goals and ideas she will strive to continue.

“I think the mayor’s legacy is a great one because his primary interest was to bring Loris together and to move the city forward. I think he made some great strides towards that,” she said. “I want to be able to continue that. Not just for his legacy but for our community.”

Nichols was asked why she decided to run for a council seat rather than the position of mayor.

“Henry was a big supporter of Todd and near the end when he knew he could not run again, Todd asked for his support and he gave it to him,” she responded. “I wanted to honor that. I think Todd is doing a great job.”

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