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City closings ahead of Dorian affects filing deadlines for council, mayoral candidates

Candidates interested in running for council or mayor in Conway need to file their paper work as soon as possible, because Hurricane Dorian may force the city to move the filing deadline to Wednesday.

Candidates there originally had until Friday to decide, but the city may close operations for the week at noon Wednesday, which also bumps up the deadline to file, the city said in a statement.

Friday is also the deadline for candidates running for three city council seats in Myrtle Beach.

Spokesman Mark Kruea said they plan to keep the deadline as is, noon Friday. 

“We’ll be open tomorrow and probably part of Wednesday,” Kruea said. “If the storm goes away as quickly as predicted, we might be open then.”

It’s better to extend the deadline by a day, rather than shorten it, Kruea said.

In Myrtle Beach, incumbent council members Mike Chestnut, Phil Render, and Mary Jeffcoat filed for reelection.

Former Councilman Wayne Gray and realtor John Krajc also filed to run.

In Conway, Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy is so far running unopposed.

Candidates for council include Larry White, Tom Anderson, Alex Hyman, Justin Jordan, and Barbara Eisenhardt.