Roads, jobs, safety top priorities for Horry council District 6 race

Public safety, economic growth and roads are overwhelmingly the three issues that the six candidates running for Horry County Council District 6 say are the most important in the county.

A special election is set for Tuesday to elect a new councilman to replace Bob Grabowski, who committed suicide in March.

Six candidates — Chris Stephens, Cary Rowell, Kirk Hanna, Blaine Garren, Cam Crawford and Ric Coates — will vie for the term, which expires in 2016. A runoff election, if necessary, is slated for June 30. State law requires counties to allow a write-in general election, which is Aug. 4, before a candidate can take office.