Beaufort County voters will head to the polls to decide Probate Judge and council seats for District 8,9 and 10.
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Kenneth Fulp, Republican, Incumbent
Fulp received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory & Henry College in 1973 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia in 1977. In 1990, he moved to Beaufort where he engaged in the private law practice from 1991 until his appointment as Associate Probate Judge for Beaufort County, assuming that position in January 1999 and serving as such until his appointment as Probate Judge in July 2012. Fulp was elected as Probate Judge for Beaufort County in November 2014. He currently serves on the Probate Court Judges Advisory Committee. You can view his website here.
Vernell I. Scott, Democrat
Scott is a native of Beaufort and a product of the Beaufort County School System. She has run her own law practice in Beaufort County since 1990. You can view her website here.
COUNCIL – DISTRICT 8 SEAT
Chris Hervochon, Republican
No political background information available. You can view Hervochon’s Facebook page here.
Brenda M. Brandt, Democrat
Brandt says she believes that the most critical issues facing Beaufort County are infrastructure, affordable housing, maintaining adequate green spaces and quality public education. You can view her Facebook page here.
COUNCIL – DISTRICT 9 SEAT
Mark Lawson, Republican
Mark Lawson currently works as the Sales & Marketing Director for Belfor, a property restoration company that helps people in the wake of catastrophes like fires, floods and natural disasters.
His experience with work means he’s a problem-solver who can think on his feet and find viable solutions to difficult situations on-the-fly.
He has also served on the Board of Directors with Bluffton Youth Sports for 10 years, a program that serves hundreds of kids and he’s been a coach with them for the last two decades.
Lawson aims to focus on development and growth in Beaufort County. He wants to concentrate on preserving the quality of life while protecting the environment.
Lawson wants to safeguard water quality, the beaches, and fight litter & pollution.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Washington and Jefferson College.
Mark McGinnis, Democrat
McGinnis says he’s a Christian, veteran and family man. “My mission is to serve citizens as a true representative.” He served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard and he says his work as an engineer has “developed both my problem-solving abilities and my ability to work within and lead a team. You can view his Facebook page here and his website here.
COUNCIL – DISTRICT 10 SEAT
Lawrence McElynn, Republican
McElynn says he has been active in community service in the Lowcountry while serving on the board of the Hilton Head Boys and Girls Club, serving as a member of the Greater Island Council and as a founding member of the Beaufort County Drug Court. He has 40 years experience managing people, programs and budgets as a career official with the US Justice Department Senior Executive Service and as Chief Judge of the Beaufort County Magistrate Court. His cites his main priorities for the county as financial accountability, smart growth management, improving infrastructure.
Cathy A. McClellan, Democrat
McClellan is a licensed attorney for over 27 years and has experienced as a Mediator and Facilitator. She is a former Administrative Law Judge and a Civil Rights and Dispute Resolution Professional in Federal Sector. She says she will be an advocate for public transportation and alternative transportation options; she is committed to seeking innovative and creative solutions for affordable housing; and she supports responsible growth and economic development while preserving the unique character and history of our island home. She says she is a voice for inclusion and diversity and committed to ensuring accountability and transparency in your County Government. You can view her website here.