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Candidates for Myrtle Beach Council to square off at Wednesday forum

Candidates running for a seat on the Myrtle Beach City Council in the Nov. 5 election will participate in a forum Wednesday to discuss their platforms and key issues facing the community.

The meet and greet begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, followed by the candidate discussion at noon.

Although the city council election is a nonpartisan race, the event is hosted by the group Myrtle Beach Republican Women.

The event listing states that all candidates are invited to participate, including incumbent council members Mike Chestnut, Mary Jeffcoat, and Phil Render, and challengers Wayne Gray, John Krajc, Ed Carey and Charles Gasque.

In nonpartisan elections, no party affiliation is listed on the ballot so that candidates are chosen based on their own merits. 

The National League of Cities says that some cities hold nonpartisan races to encourage cooperation between elected officials who belong to different parties.

Cities that elect councils in nonpartisan elections include Dallas, San Diego, and Boston.

Cities like New York, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland use the partisan system to identify party affiliation in their local elections.