Libertarian Alex Thornton nominated for state senate in South Carolina special election

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Alex Thornton (right) with Rodney Travis

Posted on LP.org on August 10, 2013:

Today the South Carolina Libertarian Party nominated Alex Thornton for the special election for state senate on October 1, 2013 vacated by incumbent Robert Ford. Libertarian Rodney Travis also sought the nomination.

Ms. Thornton aims to reduce government waste and reduce taxes on working-class citizens. One benefit she sees arising from less government is “increased competition in fields such as healthcare, driving down the cost, and increasing the quality of service.”

Campaign website: http://alexforscsenate.com/

16 thoughts on “Libertarian Alex Thornton nominated for state senate in South Carolina special election

  1. johnO

    I think you should do an interview with her Krzysztof. She’ll probably have a hack D or R running against her.

  2. Stewart Flood

    The primary for the Democrats and Republicans is on Tuesday. There are currently six candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination, five of which incorrectly filed their ethics forms. There is one candidate seeking the Republican Party’s nomination, and of course he also filed the wrong form.

    Both of our candidates filed correctly, so Alex won’t be kicked off.

    Last year over 200 candidates were kicked off the ballot in South Carolina for failing to file their ethics forms correctly. Jeremy Walters came close to winning a state senate seat when the Republican candidate was forced to run as a petition candidate after being removed from the ballot as the Republican candidate for failing to file correctly. This happened after the primary.

    History may be repeating itself very soon.

  3. Stewart Flood

    Oh yeah…for nearly THREE MONTHS everyone at the national party (ie the LNC) ignored what I was saying about what was going to happen.

    Maybe they’ll listen this time.

    Oh yeah…and forget about the LNCC. They probably still think that a state house race in South Carolina is of no significance.

  4. Reality Watch

    @4

    re “both” candidates — are you saying there is an LP nomination race on the ballot for this seat?

  5. George Whitfield

    Thanks for this report KL and for the explanation Stewart. I supported Jeremy Walters in his campaign and look forward to helping Alex Thornton, too.

  6. Stewart Flood

    Another important point to note: since we had two candidates seeking the nomination at our convention, the winner came out of the starting gate already set with campaign signs in place, a decent website, voter data records ordered from the state election commission, funds in the bank from contributors and a PLAN to run a real campaign.

    The candidates didn’t just sit around after they filed, waiting for the convention. They were on the streets campaigning, going to forums (which they were invited to!) and putting up signs.

    I’m feeling really good about this campaign. Last year’s “perfect storm” was in York County, over 200 miles from here. This one is in my back yard (I am literally across the street from district). As County Chair I can actually do something this time. This will be fun.

  7. Stewart Flood

    No, it is actually quite easy. Unfortunately, South Carolina ranks #51 nationally in education. Or is it #52?

    I didn’t grow up here, so I was fortunate to not have to suffer through what is one of the worst public education systems in the world.

    Candidates are required to file a form showing income from the previous calendar year that might be considered a conflict of interest. So in a race in 2013 you file for 2012. If you ran for office last year you would have filed for 2011.

    The web form even explains the process on the form you submit, so it is quite difficult for me to understand how anyone who can read would try to report their income for the previous calendar year of 2013 in June of 2013.

  8. johnO

    So, fill out your name, party and either stock in some company (or campaign donations to some candidate) I gather from your answer? Obviously, the recent address your living in as well. Duh.

  9. Stewart Flood

    Yup. Income from state agencies or from state contractors, stock in companies that are state contractors.

    Not that hard, since every single one of the candidates who misfiled said that they had no conflicts.

    I’ve been told that more than half of the current state legislators filled the form out wrong this year. Last year more than 200 candidates were kicked off the ballot for filing wrong or for filing late.

  10. paulie

    The web form even explains the process on the form you submit, so it is quite difficult for me to understand how anyone who can read would try to report their income for the previous calendar year of 2013 in June of 2013.

    LOL. Dumb ass politicians. And these are the people entrusted to write the laws used to harass us, tax us and put us in jails and prisons. BTW, I think this problem would occur in any state, no matter how its education system is ranked.

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