Renee Norris Elvis

Renee Norris Elvis says she wants to bring a more pleasant working atmosphere to the Horry County Clerk of Court.

The Conway native and Socastee resident is the second to announce her candidacy for clerk of court. Elvis thinks niceness is a crucial attribute to the clerk of court, something she says she’ll bring to the office if elected.

“Most people go to the courthouse under a stressful situation,” Elvis said. “They don’t want to be there in the first place. It is our duty to bring some relaxation to them in that process when they have to be there.”

Melanie Huggins-Ward, the current clerk of court, plans to retire at the end of her term in 2016, Huggins-Ward said.

The clerk of court provides the services of the judicial system to the general public, and also serves as custodians of judicial records for family, civil and criminal court.

Elvis is the aunt of Heather Elvis, who was 20 years old when she was reported missing in December 2013.

Heather Elvis was last known to be at the Socastee Boat Landing at around 3:41 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013, and has not been found.

Sidney Moorer, 39, and his wife, Tammy Moorer, 43, have been charged with murder and other counts in Heather Elvis’ disappearance.

The case is still pending. The trial had been scheduled for the week of May 11, but was postponed and hasn’t been rescheduled.

Renee Elvis said Heather’s disappearance has been difficult, but says the case isn’t why she’s seeking public office, nor is it an issue of her campaign.

Elvis said her decision to run dates to when she said she hired her campaign manager in October 2013, two months before Heather Elvis vanished.

“It’s such a hard thing, and on the campaign trail I know I’ll have to answer questions about this,” Renee Elvis said. “We don’t know what happened to her. Anybody I introduce myself to, that’s always a question. That, and ‘are you related?’”

Renee Elvis has worked for the Horry County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. She has launched a Facebook page and has set up an account with the S.C. Ethics Commission, according to agency records.

Kenneth Morrow, Jr., who works within the clerk of court office, has also established an account with the ethics commission, records show.

Herbert Hayden, the ethics commission’s executive director, said candidates are not required to file their first disclosure report until they receive or spend $500, or 15 days before the election, whichever comes first.

Neither Elvis nor Morrow has reported any political donations or statements of economic interests as of press time.

“If there are no reports shown, that means that [they] set up an account with a username and password but [haven’t] filed any reports yet,” Hayden said.

The 2016 primaries will be held June 14, 2016. The general election is set for Nov. 8, 2016.

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