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Elloree voters have two choices for mayor in Tuesday’s election.

Running for the position will be Harold Void and Mike Fanning.

Elloree Mayor Stan Busch did not file for re-election.

Mike Fanning

Fanning, the District 4 councilman, feels he has gained the experience needed to become mayor.

He said he has experience working to update town policies and ordinances to protect residents.

“I think one of the most important services we can provide is a safe community,” Fanning said.

He plans to support the police department and look at innovative ways to keep Elloree safe.

Fanning said he wants Elloree to be a place where people can walk to school and play in the park without worry.

“We have to continue to position ourselves for future growth,” he said.

He also wants to work to repair roads, sidewalks and clean up the town. Fanning said these improvements will make the town more attractive to any future businesses or families looking to move.

“I think we have to maintain the charm and beauty of the town and do our best to beautify the town,” Fanning said. “We have to be business friendly in our policies to attract future business.”

As a member of council, Fanning has participated in the downtown development and streetscape projects, as well as the development of Joe Miller Park and the walking trail.

He originally moved to Elloree at the age of 10 and said he plans to spend the rest of his life in the town.

Fanning is married with two children.

He graduated from Elloree High School and Charleston Southern University.

Harold Void

Void, the District 2 councilman, said “We need more activity and more growth throughout the town.”

He also believes the town needs more understanding and unity.

Void said he would sit down with people who understand leadership to learn of what issues they are dealing with in order to move the town forward.

He wants the town to come to one understanding and push for a common cause.

“Unity can only exist when we the people have a clear understanding, empathy and sympathy for one another while living in one accord,” Void said.

Void has served over 20 years as a U.S. military serviceman and on several organizations in various capacities.

He served for 18 years as an Elloree Town councilman.

He’s been the Elloree Water Department liaison, Elloree Fire Department director, former president and current treasurer of Lake Marion Kiwanis Club, assistant basketball coach at Lake Marion High School, part of the Orangeburg Consolidated School District 3 mentoring program, an active member of Masonic Lodge Briner 365 and a deacon and treasurer at Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Void moved to Elloree in 1968 and is married with four daughters and three granddaughters.

Void received an associate’s degree from Midlands Technical College in business administration.

Contact the writer: jmack@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516.

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Government Reporter

John Mack is a 2016 graduate of Claflin University. He is an Orangeburg native.

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