Horry County School Board candidates speak with voters before July election


HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Just weeks before the primary election, candidates running for Horry County School Board Chair had their chance to speak with voters.

From teacher retention, gun violence, to school curriculum, all were topics discussed at the forum put on by the League of Women Voters who are stressing the importance of educating voters before casting their vote.

Three of the four candidates were in attendance for the forum; Republican Janice Morreale was unable to attend due to a prior commitment.

Each candidate was able to explain their platform and answer questions from voters on a very intimate level.

One of those, Republican Ken Richardson, has spent most of his life working as a businessman and also served on the board at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

“I just feel we need a businessman with common sense on the board, I don’t think we need more teachers looking after teachers,” said Richardson.

Fellow Republican candidate and former teacher Patricia Milley has kept the focus of her platform on mental health in the schools.

“I knew in 1996 with some of the changes, we were going to have mental health problems. I went to the board and told them and they were deaf, they have been deaf for 18 years, so it’s time something was done,” said Milley.

Running unopposed is Democratic candidate Heather Johnson, who has both a background in business and education.

“I can be a voice and I can bring change where change is needed,” said Johnson.

All three candidates in attendance come from different backgrounds of education, and for voters, forums like these allow them to express their views before they head to the polls.

The position of Horry County School Board Chair was held by Joe Defeo before passing away earlier this year.

The Republican primary will take place on July 17. The winner of the Republican race will go against unopposed Democratic candidate Heather Johnson on November 6.

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