By Angie Krall
Hank Thomas is very happy to announce that he will seek re-election to the North Myrtle Beach City Council. “I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve our community.” said Thomas
In announcing his re-election, Thomas said, “I will continue to participate in public service with a primary goal: to make North Myrtle Beach a better place to live, work and enjoy. In my 10 years of service, my approach has been to listen to the concerns of our residents and consistently work hard to provide solid leadership. Together, we have accomplished much; but there is more to do, and I feel my role is vital.”
“The challenges facing North Myrtle Beach are complex and varied. The dichotomy we face is continuing to nurture our important tourism-based economy while safeguarding the quality of life of those who live here.”
He stressed that he has worked diligently to protect the taxpayers by keeping the millage rate one of the lowest in the state for a city this size. He added that responsible growth continues to be important, and that he will focus on keeping government efficient and responsive to residents and businesses.
“I love North Myrtle Beach. This is my home. It is where I chose to raise my family and operate my business, and it is where I want to retire,” said Thomas. “There is one sincere promise I can make. I will continue to work hard, with integrity, to make North Myrtle Beach a better place for all of us.”
Thomas has lived in North Myrtle Beach since 1956. He joined the Marine Corps in 1969 and is a Vietnam veteran. After returning home, Hank graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in real estate and finance. In 1979 Hank took over his family’s business, Thomas Realty, where he worked to maintain a strong commitment to clients, employees and the community. He successfully grew the business and was recognized as the Grand Strand Board of REALTORS® “Realtor of the Year” in 2004.
In 2008 Thomas turned his attention to public service, running and winning a seat on the North Myrtle Beach City Council. Thomas said, “I am honored to have served my community since that time and that the residents of our community have placed their trust in me for the last 10 years. If re-elected, I will continue to work tirelessly for them and for our city.”
Thomas has served on the North Myrtle Beach Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission. He also served as president of the Grand Strand Board of Realtors.