HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – After serving for nearly 14 years, Marion Foxworth resigned from the District 3 Horry County Council seat to pursue a new position in the county.
Foxworth has accepted a position as the register of deeds. A position that would ethically clash with his council seat, so now he is forced to step down. Foxworth says serving in the register of deeds office will still allow him to work for the people in a different capacity.
“I leave a job I love dearly; one that I was honored by the people of Horry County to be elected to four times. And it’s been a great honor to serve. It’s been a long time and I’ve very much enjoyed it and its bitter sweet because i live things that i wanted to accomplish,” said Foxworth.
Foxworth said after several events this year, including the death of fellow council member Bob Grabowski, he felt he needed a change.
But with his empty seat, it once again means Horry County council will not have full representation.
Tuesday night was district 6 representative Cam Crawford’s first night in the seat. For months, that seat was open after the death of Grabowski; leaving the district without direct representation.
Foxworth’s vacated seat will not be filled until at least next year, and leave district 3 without direct representation for several months. Council chair Mark Lazarus says it will be difficult to replace Foxworth and he will be missed.
“I’ll take the reins again. I live in the Myrtle Beach area (District 3) and know all the individuals in that area and will be working with Marion (Foxworth) to accomplish a lot of the goals that he is trying to accomplish,” said Lazarus.
Foxworth is leaving with more than a year left on his term. He says the reason he is resigning now is so the special election for his seat will happen the same time as the Myrtle Beach City Council election.
The filing for the seat will open September 4th and end September 14th. The primary election will be on November 3rd and the runoff is on November 17th. The general election is on December 22.