Eugene Platt, the only elected Green in South Carolina, will be running to represent the 115th district in the State House of Representatives. He is currently on the James Island Public Service Commission, and ran for the same House seat in 2008, but was thrown off the ballot. He ran in the Democratic primary, and because of that it was ruled that he could not appear on the general election ballot as a Green. Ballot Access News explains what happened:
Platt had tried to run for the legislature in 2008. After the Green Party had nominated him at its convention in April 2008, he had also run in the Democratic primary. Because he lost the Democratic primary, his nomination by the Green Party was voided by the State Election Commission. He and the Green Party are currently in the 4th circuit, arguing that the state law that permits such retroactive disqualification is unconstitutional. South Carolina does permit two parties to jointly nominate the same candidate, and is the only fusion state that says one nomination can be jeopardized if the candidate tries and fails to win a second party’s nomination.
If elected, Platt says that his first priority will be ending South Carolina’s “Right to Work” status. He claims that this will allow unions to more easily organize and grow. Other positions include opposition to capital punishment and making sure that state college tuition does not increase more than inflation every year.
In a press release, Platt said that he expects a Republican and centrist Democrat to run against him. He brands himself as a “progressive Green.”
The Charleston Post and Courier carried a story on Platt’s announcement:
James Island Public Service District Commissioner Eugene Platt said he will try again next year to win the state House District 115 seat, but will run as a Green Party candidate this time.
Platt lost the 2008 Democratic primary to current District 115 Rep. Anne Peterson Hutto, and later lost a court challenge to remain on the November 2008 ballot as a candidate from another party.
Platt said that if he was elected, he will fight for working families by ending South Carolina’s status as a “Right to Work” state, a move that would make it easier for labor unions to form here.
H/T to Green Party Watch.