Socastee area residents to vote for new Horry council rep Tuesday

A special election is set for Tuesday night to elect a new councilman in District 6 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.

Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.