Meet The Folly Beach City Council Candidates
By Lorne Chambers | Editor
With a field of seven candidates vying for three City Council positions, it’s hard to truly hear everyone over all the noise. But there are two chances this month to not only hear what the candidates stand for and what their vision is for Folly Beach, but also be a part of the conversation. There are two candidate forums being held in March and both offer the opportunity for the public to submit questions for incumbent Eddie Ellis as well as challengers Keith Bolus, Laurie Hull, Teresa Marshall, John Merritt Jr., Zachary Papaioannou, and Roger VanDyke.
The first opportunity will be the Folly Beach Civic Club’s Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15. Civic Club president Regina Anderson says a drop box has been placed at the Folly Beach Community Center (55 Center St.), where people can drop off written questions for the candidates or submit them at the beginning of the meeting. “The questions will only be edited for redundancy, illegibility, and vulgarity by other members of the board,” says Anderson, who will also moderate the forum. “Questions can be addressed to individual candidates, but others may be asked to respond as well.”
The second chance to meet the candidates and hear what they’re all about will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 upstairs at Tides hotel (1 Center St.). Co-hosted by the Folly Association of Business (FAB) and The Folly Current, the format will be similar but with a slight emphasis on business and tourism. The Folly Current will moderate the forum and FAB members as well as the general pubic are asked to submit questions by March 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org.