MYRTLE BEACH, SC – Mary Jeffcoat announced she will officially file to run for an at-large seat on Myrtle Beach City Council when the filing period opens tomorrow, Aug. 20, at noon at City Hall.
Jeffcoat said she is uniquely qualified for the position, as she previously served two terms on City Council and has consistently attended council workshop and meetings since February.
Motivated to run after Susan Grissom Means announced earlier this year she would not file for re-election, Jeffcoat said, “I congratulate and thank Susan Means for her 16 years of service on Council. She has been a wonderful public servant and I hope to earn the honor and privilege to follow her service.”
Jeffcoat is committed to working with City Council to maintain a fiscally-efficient city government, improve public safety, develop a plan to manage growth, revitalize the downtown area, modernize Chapin Library, and protect the city’s 10.5 mile beachfront.
If elected, Jeffcoat said she wants to build on and expand the city’s achievements, including the boardwalk and tourism promotion fee, which has made Myrtle Beach’s personal home property tax rates one of the lowest in the nation. She also supports the ongoing program of putting utility lines underground, expanding street lighting, improving the landscaping and lighting of traffic medians, expanding the city’s parks systems, making Myrtle Beach a true sports destination market, and working with neighborhoods all across the city to establish neighborhood watch programs and improve safety.
Jeffcoat, who moved to Myrtle Beach in 1977, said her life experiences and unique perspectives will help her work with the City Council to meet challenges dealing with the homeless population, building a more-diversified economy to stop the exodus of younger people to other cities, and expanding programs and services for active seniors.
No stranger to public service, Jeffcoat has served the community in a number of volunteer capacities. She currently helps non-profit organizations with strategic planning and media relations. She has been married to her husband, local attorney Allen Jeffcoat, for 38 years, and they have two daughters, a son-in-law, and granddaughter.
Information in this story is from a Press Release.