The County Council election rematch between Joe DeFeo and incumbent Marion Foxworth
is at least two months away, but the race already is boiling over.
In recent weeks, Foxworth
hounded the embattled aviation company AvCraft, which DeFeo introduced to Horry County.
went out to the airport and took photos of out-of-state license plates on employee cars and reported them to the county auditor, and he
scrutinized the county's dealings with the company during public meetings.
"I see Marion
as desperate and attacking a third party company to hurt them because of me, and I am sure it could get worse," DeFeo said.
has been critical of the county's lease deal with AvCraft.But he
doesn't want to run a negative campaign and doesn't consider AvCraft to be a big political issue.
"Unless I am attacked, I don't plan on using [AvCraft] or [DeFeo's] lack of experience in my campaign," Foxworth
, a husband and father of four, works as the director of political mailings for the Carolina Mail House
in Murrells Inlet and has held the District 3 County Council seat for about 2½ years.He
first became enamored with politics as a child watching the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.
"I was watching that on TV and was just mesmerized," Foxworth
said.He served as speaker of the College of Charleston Student Senate and worked on his first political campaign after graduating with a political science degree in 1982.
Between 1985 and 2000, Foxworth
worked on campaigns for 17 local referendums, such as sales taxes and bond issues, and said he
was successful on all 17.Foxworth
is a Democrat in an area dominated by Republicans, but he
said that doesn't mean much.
"I think party affiliation does not have a lot to do with daily governance at the local level," Foxworth
council career, Foxworth
teamed with Myrtle Beach to eliminate additional runways at Myrtle Beach International Airport that could have disrupted nearby residential areas.
The council also created a collection of new zoning rules that will better regulate methadone clinics, concrete factories and other uses that can intrude on residents, he
Also in his
background is a 1990 guilty plea on a misdemeanor charge of obtaining money under false pretences stemming from his
role as a campaign consultant.He
served 200 hours of community service.
knows what the re-election race is going to focus on.
"It seems to me it is going to be entirely about my [political] record," he
said."I guess that is because he
doesn't have a record."
How we got here
May 10 special election is expected to resolve fall general election dispute, which left Marion Foxworth
in office as District 3 Horry County
councilman, although DeFeo claimed the higher vote tally.
The first time | In 2002, Foxworth
defeated DeFeo with 59 percent of the vote to fill the remaining 18 months of the late Ray Brown's term.
DeFeo edged Foxworth
by 32 votes, but Foxworth
quickly filed a protest.
successfully argued that a significant number of voters potentially cast their ballots in the wrong precinct.