Stewart Flood posted this link about an interesting development in South Carolina. Posted to The Nerve
October 21, 2013
Lawsuit Challenges Kimpson’s Election as State Senator
By Rick Brundrett
A state law at the center of a controversial court ruling that kicked about 250 candidates statewide off last year’s primary ballot is once again the basis of a legal challenge – this time the special election this month to fill the Senate seat formerly held by Robert Ford.
A lawsuit filed on Sept. 26 contends that Democrat Marlon Kimpson, who won the Oct. 1 special election for the Charleston-area seat with nearly 80 percent of the vote, and Republican challenger Billy Shuman Jr. violated a state law by listing the year “2013” on their required income-disclosure form, known as a statement of economic interests (SEI), instead of “2012.”
(The state’s income-disclosure law applies to government, not private, income sources, as The Nerve has repeatedly pointed out. The South Carolina Policy Council – The Nerve’s parent organization – in April launched “Project Conflict Watch” to persuade officials to voluntarily disclose their private income sources.)
The other declared challenger in the Oct. 1 special election, Alexandra Thornton, a Libertarian who garnered just 1.2 percent of the vote, correctly filled out the SEI and should be declared the winner if the lawsuit is successful, according to Jeremy Walters, a Fort Mill carpenter and the York County Libertarian Party chairman, who filed the suit without an attorney.
Election results can be read at the link below.
Our Campaigns – SC State Senate 42 – Special Election Race – Oct 01, 2013