Stella Mercado vying for Georgetown County district seat

By Alex Brizee
Nov. 15, 2021

GEORGETOWN — The Waccamaw Neck might be getting a new representative.

Local businesswoman Stella Mercado announced her candidacy for Georgetown County Council District 6 seat, which includes Pawleys Island, according to Mercado.

Additionally, two other seats will be open for reelection in 2022 including; District 1 and 7.

Councilman Steve Goggans, who currently serves District 6, confirmed to The Post and Courier he doesn’t plan to run for a third-term clearing the path for Mercado.

“I think Stella Mercado would be a very very good candidate,” Goggans, the Pawleys Island-based architect, said. “I wish her luck and success.”

Councilman Louis Morant also confirmed he is running for reelection in District 7, which covers the western portion of the county including Plantersville.

“We’re still working on developing the western part of the county and also trying to still work towards getting broadband in that particular area,” Morant said about why he wants to run for reelection.

Mercado is the CEO of Mercom Corporation a Pawleys Island information and technology company that contracts out to the federal government.

Back in 2016, Mercom Corporation announced a $6 million expansion that would create over 150 jobs in the county, according to prior reporting.

It is not clear if Councilman John Thomas is running for reelection in District 1, which encompasses Georgetown’s side of Murrells Inlet.

While candidates might begin their campaigns now, the filing period for the Nov. 8 Georgetown County Council election is March 16, 2022, through March 30, 2022.

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