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Residency, Accessibility Issues Dog Coastal Candidate




|| By FITSNEWS || Horry County councilman Tyler Servant is being accused of not really living in the district he represents … and of dodging debates.

The 24-year-old councilman – whose wealthy family is reportedly grooming him for higher office – finished in second place in last week’s GOP primary election for S.C. House District 106, earning 33 percent of the vote in the low-turnout election.

GOP executive committeeman and local attorney Russell Fry finished in first place in last week’s election with 45 percent of the vote.

Because no candidate received a majority of the vote, Fry and Servant are facing off in a “Republican” runoff election on August 11.  With no Democrat filing for the vacant seat, the winner of the runoff will be a virtual lock to represent the district – which includes Surfside Beach and Garden City.

But is Servant even a resident in the district he wishes to represent?

The aspiring state lawmaker is under fire for allegedly claiming one of his family’s rental properties in Surfside Beach, S.C. as his permanent residence. The home has been occupied by renters during the election – prompting some to suggest Servant doesn’t live there.

Servant’s campaign disputed this allegation when we reached out for comment last week.

“He has only one residence and it is in both the house and county council district,” Servant’s campaign manager told us.

According to The (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Sun News, Servant rents the house out for 56 days during the summer.

Servant is also facing criticism for a purported lack of accessibility – including his decision to bail on a local “Republican” club debate scheduled for this coming weekend.  Previously, Servant missed three debates during the GOP primary – citing a death in his girlfriend’s family as the reason for his absences.

Servant had said he would attend the GOP debate, then changed his mind.

Fry and Servant will both appear at a taped debate hosted by WPDE TV 15 (ABC – Florence/ Myrtle Beach, S.C.) – although that exchange will not feature direct questions posed by constituents.

Fry and Servant are both vying to fill the expired term of former S.C. Rep. Nelson Hardwick, who resigned his seat in the S.C. House of Representatives earlier this year amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

As we’ve said from the beginning of this contest, we’re not especially impressed with either of them … although in Fry’s defense no one is questioning his residency or willingness to debate.