Several mayors along the Grand Strand have endorsed Mark Lazarus for reelection as the chairman of the Horry County Council, Lazarus’s campaign announced in a statement Tuesday.
Mayor Brenda Bethune of Myrtle Beach, who defeated incumbent Mayor John Rhodes in the November election, praised Lazarus’s leadership for the entire community in her endorsement.
“Mark understands the uniqueness of our growing community and he is strategic in managing our expanding economy,” Bethune said.
“He is a problem solver who strives hard to work with others and is keenly aware of the issues and challenges we face. Our entire community is fortunate to have his caliber of leadership as chairman of Horry County Council,” Bethune said.
Marilyn Hatley of North Myrtle Beach also says she supports Lazarus in the GOP primary election on June 12.
Lazarus is being challenged by Johnny Gardner, a Conway lawyer.
“As a family man, local businessman and civic leader Mark has what it takes to lead our county into the future,” Hatley said.
“He’s the ideal candidate for chairman of county council, and I’m honored to support him,” Hatley said.
Surfside Beach Mayor Bob Childs also endorsed Lazarus, and said being the county council chairman is a tough job that requires making tough decisions.
“I’m proud of the job Mark has done,” Childs said. “He’s been a consistent leader for us as chairman. We need to keep Mark working for us on county council.”
Lazarus said he is honored by the endorsements from around the county, which also include state Sen. Greg Henbree, and that it reflects the momentum of his campaign.
“As your county council chairman, I’ve worked hard to foster cooperation and develop solutions that benefit the entire county,” Lazarus said.
“This has always been a team effort and I’m thrilled to have the confidence of these exemplary leaders,” Lazarus said.
Lazarus was first elected chairman of Horry County Council in 2013, and previously served as a councilman on the county council from 2002-2006.
Lazarus owns and operates Myrtle Waves, Wild Water & Wheels, and the Broadway Grand Prix.