MYRTLE BEACH — Myrtle Beach businesswoman Debbie Harwell has joined the list of candidates seeking the Republican nomination for South Carolina’s new 7th Congressional District.

Harwell owns a government and public relations firm and was the founder and publisher of both the Myrtle Beach Herald and Myrtle Beach Business Journal. She also was the co-host of a radio talk show on WRNN in the Grand Strand area.

Harwell joins about a half-dozen Republicans and several Democrats seeking the post in the state’s northeast corner, including former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and state Rep. Thad Viers.

The new district was created because the last Census reflected population growth in the state.