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Council Biographies

215_Mayor_Blain-BellamyMayor Barbara Jo Blain-Bellamy
Attorney Barbara Jo Blain-Bellamy is a native of Conway, and has been involved in public service her entire adult life. She will be sworn in as Mayor on January, 4, 2016, having previously served on city council from 1993 – 1998 and 2012 - 2016, and having acted as Mayor Pro Tem in 1996. Ms. Blain-Bellamy served four years as Conway's assistant city administrator. In January 2011, she founded Community Legal Services, a non-traditional private law office providing legal services to low and moderate-income families. She also served as the staff attorney for COAST Regional Transportation Authority.

Ms. Blain-Bellamy received a juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in December 2000, and was sworn into the S. C. Bar Association in May 2001. She has held positions as an asst. public defender with the Horry County Public Defender, staff attorney with the South Carolina Department of Social Services, and asst. solicitor with the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor.

Ms. Blain-Bellamy also holds Masters and Bachelors degrees from the University of South Carolina in Education and Sociology respectively, and is a graduate of the Inaugural Waccamaw Class of the American Leadership Forum, Leadership South Carolina, Leadership Grand Strand and the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government. She currently serves on the boards of PALM Motor Sports School, the Horry County Historical Society, the Regional Education Center, and is the past leader of Girl Scout Troop 88.

Ms. Blain-Bellamy is the 2011 recipient of Leadership Grand Strand's Ann Debock Leadership Award, the 2010 Girl Scouts of Eastern S.C.'s Mary Brewer Women of Distinction Award, the 2009 Zonta International Gold Star Award, the 2009 Omega Psi Phi Community Service award, and the 2009 NAACP Leadership Award.

Ms. Blain-Bellamy is married to Bobby Bellamy and has one adult son, Craigon Lennon. She is a member of Friendship Baptist Church where she is a Youth Usher leader.




Randle L. Alford211_Randle_Alford

Randle L. Alford served on City Council from 2005-2010 and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2006. He is the owner of R L Alford & Co., established in 1994. The firm offers traditional investment services, property and casualty insurance, tax return services, and Mr. Alford also manages a hedge fund. Over the past 20 years, he and his company have won more than 40 awards for excellence in their fields of business.
Mr. Alford is a graduate of the University of South Carolina which he attended on an academic scholarship. He is also a graduate of the Certified Financial Program at the Wharton School and has completed graduate work at the American College. He holds eight professional licenses and is the author of three books. Mr. Alford is a past president of the Rotary Club, a former church deacon, former Rotarian of the Year, a Paul Harris Fellow, a graduate of Leadership Conway, and a former member of the City’s Parks and Recreation Board.

Mr. Alford is married to Dr. Siena Alford, a family physician and an owner of Rivertown Medicine in Conway. They have three sons, Ryan, Matthew and Bradley. Ryan is currently a student at the University of South Carolina.


 

Thomas J. "Tom" Anderson211_Anderson
Thomas J. “Tom” Anderson was re-elected to City Council to serve a term from 2007 until 2011. He was first elected to City Council in 1998, serving as the Mayor Pro Tem in 2000 and 2011. Councilman Anderson is a past President of The Theatre of the Republic and worked for the SC House of Representatives while at the University of South Carolina. He served two years as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Horry County Solid Waste Authority. Councilman Anderson is employed as a General Contractor specializing in Historic renovation, both residential and commercial, as well as, custom homes. He is the son of Peggy Anderson and the late Thomas J. "Tom" Anderson. He and his wife, April, have two children—Caroline and Thomas J. and they attend the First Baptist Church of Conway.


 



William Goldfinch, IV211_William_Goldfinch

William Goldfinch IV was sworn in on January 4th , 2010. Additional bio pending.










 


Ashley Smith211_ashley_smith

Ashley Smith was elected to City Council in 2016. He is an educator at Conway Elementary School and golf coach at Conway High School. He is also owner of Rivertown Sports, which broadcasts area high school sports on the radio and internet. He is a member of Conway High School's School Improvement Council. Mr. Smith graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He is the son of Susan Smith and the late Bill Smith. Ashley is married to Kayla Smith. Together, they have two children, Will (14) and Mary (11). They are proud members of North Conway Baptist Church.


 

Jean Medlen Timbes211_Jean_Timbes
Jean Medlen Timbes was first elected to Conway City Council in 2002 and is now serving her third term. Ms. Timbes held the position of Mayor Pro Tem in 2004 and 2010. Prior to running for Council, Ms. Timbes served on the Conway Planning and Zoning Commission. She is a retired math teacher for Horry County Schools, having served Conway High School, the State Department of Education as a Teacher Specialist for Mathematics, and Coastal Carolina University as an adjunct faculty member. Ms. Timbes has served on many city committees, including Parks and Recreation, Tourism, Capital Improvements, Smith-Jones, Riverfront Steering Committee, Lakeside Cemetery Committee, and the Snowhill Neighborhood Association.


She is appointed to the Board of Directors of Conway Main Street, USA, also serving on the Main Street Organizational Committee. Ms. Timbes also serves on the Board of Directors for the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments. She is a past member of the Conway Chamber of Commerce Board of Government and Economic Affairs, an active member of the Horry County Historical Society, and is the Managing Member of Main & Fifth Properties, LLC. Ms. Timbes is an active member of First United Methodist Church where she sings in the choir and is a church pianist. She is the Chairman of the Sanctuary Renovation Committee and a member of the Capital Building Committee. She is a past president of the United Methodist Women. Ms. Timbes belongs to the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a society for women educators, serving in several leadership positions. Her family includes two sons: Mark Timbes, his wife Clay, and their two daughters, Kate and Anna; and Michael Timbes and his wife Ashley, and their son, Walker.


 

Larry A. White211_Larry_White
Larry A. White was elected to City Council in a special election on March 10, 2009. He is a graduate of Conway High School and Elizabeth City State University. Formerly a teacher at Socastee Middle School, he is currently employed by Region 6 of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). He is a lifelong member of Bethel AME Church where he serves in a number of areas. He is a board member for the Horry County Diabetes Coalition, Horry County Tobacco Coalition (now renamed B.R.E.A.T.H.E.), A Father’s Place, and a member of Morning Star Lodge #72. Larry is a former Board Member of Horry County First Steps and former Chairman of the Smith-Jones Community Center. He has four children and nine grandchildren.