South Carolina Legislative Race Will Probably List Only Two Candidates, a Libertarian and an Independent

Found at Ballot Access News, it is being reported that there are currently two names found on the South Carolina District 26 ballot, Libertarian Jeremy Walters and Independent Raye Felder.

No Democrat ran. The Republican, Raye Felder, failed to qualify because of the May 2 decision of the State Supreme Court that disqualified all primary candidates who didn’t file Statements of Economic Interest in March. They had to file using printed forms, and also has to file electronically, and over 200 Republicans and Democrats failed to get on the primary ballots because they did not take both actions by the deadline. However, Felder is petitioning to be on the ballot in the general election as an independent candidate, and her petition will probably succeed.

Read the report at Ballot Access News: South Carolina Legislative Race Will Probably List Only Two Candidates, a Libertarian and an Independent

The Herald Online is reporting on this race as well, showcasing that the Republican Party of South Carolina is challenging Walters eligibility.

What they discovered was that Walters’ party officials failed to meet a deadline for submitting a form to the State Election Commission, said Chris Whitmire, commission spokesman.

The Libertarian Party did not send Walters’ statement of intention of candidacy form to the commission by the April 9 deadline, a requirement of the law, Whitmire said.

According to the law, “No candidate’s name may appear (on any ballot) except as otherwise provided by law” if the candidate’s statement of intention of candidacy hasn’t been filed with the appropriate election commission by the deadline.

Walters, however, won’t be penalized for what amounts to his party’s “clerical error” because of what the law says next, Whitmire said.

“The candidate’s name must appear (on the ballot) if the candidate produces the signed and dated copy of his timely filed statement of intention of candidacy.”

State election commission officials recently received Walters’ paperwork from York County elections officials.

The paperwork includes Walters’ economic and candidacy forms timestamped by fax to March 16, a few hours after filing opened.

Read the rest at the Herald Online: After state scrutiny, Libertarian Walters on path to Fort Mill House District 26 ballot.

Jeremy Walters is a carpenter, a conservative family man, and a citizen, and has ardently been researching Constitutional rights, law, and most recently has been reading “Unleashing Capitalism” a legislative report by the SC Policy Council, a libertarian think tank.

Raye Felder is a insurance woman, member of the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Government Relations Task Force, and received the 2011 Business Person of the Year at Fort Mill.

12 thoughts on “South Carolina Legislative Race Will Probably List Only Two Candidates, a Libertarian and an Independent

  1. Stewart Flood

    The paper, and their source, are incorrect. The SCLP did not miss a filing deadline. The paperwork was turned in on time to the county election commission (as the paper reported) in the county of residence of the candidate. That is state law. The state election commission only receives congressional and state-wide filings in April.

    They are looking for anything they can. He filed correctly, and they are worried that he might win.

    The certification paperwork for candidates nominated at our state convention must be filed with the state election commission by August. We have always filed this in July, and will do so again this year.

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  3. paulie

    Just because an article is classified Independent, Green etc does not mean you should post anything and everything having to do with that classification in its comments. An article’s comments should discuss either the article itself or comments on that article, which often do evolve off course organically step by step far from the original subject.

    Items unrelated to any particular article or discussion already taking place should be posted on the open threads.

  4. Stewart Flood

    This is one of the few really newsworthy stories, but the only comment we get is spam about someone’s book.

    Regardless of whether it had been a libertarian, a green, or a member of another party, a state house race in which there is no democrat or republican on the ballot and they have to petition to add one as an independent is a major milestone.

    We might even win this one. Everything else aside, he’s actually a very good candidate.

    Everyone in South Carolina in the Libertarian Party will be working on this campaign. We’ll also be contacting the Democrats and the Greens, since they should see that our candidate is far better for their issues in areas where L’s D’s and G’s intersect, than the rebranded Republican Party’s “chosen one”.

  5. JT

    Flood: “Regardless of whether it had been a libertarian, a green, or a member of another party, a state house race in which there is no democrat or republican on the ballot and they have to petition to add one as an independent is a major milestone.”

    Definitely newsworthy & would be very good to have a Libertarian win this election. I wouldn’t think most Libertarians outside of SC would be very interested in one state house race. I can’t muster up much interest in it (I’d be happy if he won though). Good luck to you guys!

  6. paulie

    Considering the LP has no state legislators anywhere now (RI, arguably, but that is another can of worms), and only a handful in 40 years, it would be a big deal to win.

  7. JT

    Paulie: “Considering the LP has no state legislators anywhere now (RI, arguably, but that is another can of worms), and only a handful in 40 years, it would be a big deal to win.”

    I said it would be very good. I just don’t think most Libertarians outside of SC are very interested in a candidate who has a good chance of winning a state house race before that actually happens.

  8. JT

    Personally, I’d be more excited about a Libertarian candidate for Governor or U.S. Senator getting 20 percent of the vote in a 3-way race.

  9. Against Walters

    Ummm interesting considering his girlfriend is MARRIED, he broke up another marriage and now seeing this one? What type of role model is that for his son? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? His girlfriend is a Fort Mill Elementary Kindergarden teacher with children herself. I can not have any respect for a man who thinks he can be a role model to his own son, when he can not even control his OWN selfish needs and distroy another family!! Jeremy Walters you are a DISGRACE to all MEN & WOMAN!! Get your life together!!

  10. paulie

    @11 I guess the Republicrats are nervous 🙂

    Also @11 anyone can claim this whether it is true or not; since there’s no evidence provided there’s no way to know whether you made it up.

    Finally @11 if you are perfect feel free to cast the first stone.

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