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Autry Benton out of Conway Metropolis Council race. Will run towards Senator Luke Rankin.

The marketing campaign of Conway Metropolis Councilman Autry Benton introduced Friday that he’ll run for a state senate seat as a substitute of operating for the Conway Metropolis Council.

A press launch was forwarded to our information workplace at present.

Benton was elected to council in a particular election earlier this 12 months after former councilman Alex Hyman resigned to take a judgeship.

Benton introduced his withdrawal in a press launch Friday, saying he had notified the county’s voter registration workplace and the Metropolis of Conway.

I made a decision to not search reelection to Conway Metropolis Council after a lot private reflection, prayer, and discussions with my spouse and youngsters.” Benton wrote.

There’s a lack of street infrastructure within the space, Benton mentioned, including the answer lies in Columbia.

I will likely be submitting as a Republican candidate for the S.C. Senate District 33 workplace when submitting opens in March 2024,” he wrote.

Sen. Luke Rankin (R-Horry), who has served in public workplace since 1993, holds the District 33 seat at present.

Till his time period ends on Dec. thirty first, Benton plans to stay on metropolis council.


Benton’s choice now leaves the Conway Metropolis Council race vast open for Kendal Brown. Benton received the particular election over Brown in a runoff by a decent margin.


Kendall Brown now a shoe in to win the Conway Metropolis Council race in November 2023

Benton pulled out of the Conway metropolis council race after the submitting deadline. This implies new candidates can’t file for the emptiness now left by Benton. This virtually assures Brown a seat on Metropolis Council.

Can Benton transfer his marketing campaign funds from Metropolis Council to a State Senate Race?

A couple of key contributors to the Benton for Conway Metropolis Council marketing campaign reached out to MyrtleBeachSC Information at present. One key donor knowledgeable us he believed Benton has raised $30,000 in marketing campaign contributions from residents who wished to make sure his seat on the Conway Metropolis Council.

Questions stay as to what the method of Benton shifting these marketing campaign {dollars} to a State Senate race would appear like. The monies had been collected on the promise that Benton would advocate for good authorities within the metropolis of Conway.


We reached out to the JJ Gentry, of the South Carolina State Ethics Fee with the next questions:

Expensive  JJ Gentry,

Conway Metropolis Councilman Autry Benton is selecting to drop out of the Conway metropolis council race this Fall and as a substitute run for SC Senate District 33.  

I’m instructed he has collected over $30,000 in marketing campaign contributions for his metropolis council race.

Can he transfer these funds to his Senate workplace run?  

Will he have to contact his donors?

What does that course of appear like?

We’re writing an article about his run and wish these particulars.

I did go away voicemail in your cellphone as properly.  Look ahead to listening to from you. 


David Hucks

The Fee Responded: A candidate can transfer these funds from one race to a different, nevertheless, they will need to have permission from the contributors who gave to take action. They will need to have particular person written and signed permission letters from every of the donors to maneuver these funds.

They then should present copies of these letters to the Senate Ethics Fee.

Candidates should begin with the final contribution made and work their manner backwards. Donors can solely contribute the $1,000 restrict. If these marketing campaign funds are moved, the unique donor can’t additionally then give an extra $1,000 to the candidate’s senate run.


Phil Render, present Myrtle Seashore Metropolis Councilman, can also be acknowledged to be operating for the S.C. Senate 33 seat, per these near Myrtle Seashore Metropolis Authorities.

MyrtleBeachSC Information reached out to John Gallman who’s extensively thought-about to be the frontrunner for this seat throughout the state of South Carolina. Gallman declined to provide any specifics, however he did say that he consider James Chapter 1, verse 8, “double minded individuals are unstable in all their methods“. Gallman added, “Once I do make a declaration, my sure will likely be a sure and my no will likely be a no.”

Whereas Gallman didn’t touch upon his run, one factor is for positive, Gallman will play a key function in figuring out who’s the following Senator in District 33 will likely be. Gallman did say, “I would like the positive people of Horry County and South Carolina to know – the very best is but to come back.

Luke Rankin plans to hunt re-election, by all accounts.

It’s possible that different candidates will enter this race, as Senator Luke Rankin is claimed to be politically broken for this cycle. Judicial Reform is central to this race and Rankin heads the Senate Judiciary.


As SC Lawyer Basic, Alan Wilson, SC Governor Henry McMaster, 1st Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe, and Democrat Senator Dick Harpootlian have all acknowledged, Judicial Reform is likely one of the paramount points for the State of S.C. Rankin has been extremely criticized for his efforts as Senate Judiciary Chairman.

As to a different key problem, says April Oleary, of Horry County Rising, “We want somebody in Columbia serving to repair our flooded roads. Many of the culverts below state roads are undersized and both flooding properties or washing out and too lots of them flood when the Waccamaw River rises. The state’s design rules are substandard and we must always construct our roads to a better customary.