MURRELLS INLET – Republican state House District 108 candidate Lee Hewitt Monday announced that he has been endorsed by Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson.
“I am delighted to hear that Lee Hewitt is running for the S.C. House of Representatives and I endorse his efforts,” Jimmy Richardson said. “Lee is a tireless worker, a successful business owner, a civil servant and a friend to law enforcement. As Solicitor for Horry and Georgetown counties, I have called on Lee several times for help on various situations. I can tell you without fail, Lee has never been too busy to help the citizens of the South Strand.”
“I’m honored and thankful to have Jimmy’s support for my campaign,” Lee Hewitt said. “I have great respect and admiration for his efforts on behalf of the citizens of Georgetown and Horry counties in the pursuit of justice and enforcement of the law.”
Richardson’s endorsement follows other high profile Hewitt endorsements that were released last week from the following GOP and public officials:
SCDOT Commissioner Mike Wooten, Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus, former S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank Chairman Don Leonard, Pawleys Island Town Councilman Mike Adams, Pawleys Island Mayor Bill Otis, Georgetown County School Board member Sarah Elliott, former state Rep. Linwood Altman, and former Georgetown County Republican Party Chairman Alan Walters.
Last week, Hewitt also announced record high campaign donations for the initial quarter for the seat of over $28,000.00, raised over just a seven-week period since his candidacy announcement.
Hewitt, 55, has lived in Murrells Inlet for nearly 40 years. He is owner of Garden City Realty and has served as President of the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors and on the board of the state Association of Realtors.
In 2014, Hewitt was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley and confirmed by the state Senate as the 7th Congressional District Representative to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control Board of Directors.
Hewitt has served as chairman of the Georgetown County Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals and on the Georgetown County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Committee, Grand Strand Area Transportation Committee, and the Southern Evacuation Lifeline Road Task Force.
Hewitt’s campaign website is www.HewittForHouse.com
In November, incumbent Rep. Stephen Goldfinch, R-Murrells Inlet, announced that he will seek the District 34 state Senate seat of retiring Sen. Ray Cleary, R-Murrells Inlet.
The filing period for the election is in March, with the primary election on June 14th.
House District 108 includes all of coastal Georgetown County, except for the city of Georgetown, and the northern coastal portion of Charleston County to Mt. Pleasant.