SC Green, Constitution, Libertarian, United Citizens, and Working Families Candidates in 2008
UPDATE, August 23, 2008:
The Constitution, and Libertarian candidates will be on the November ballot.
The Green nominees should be on the November ballot, though the State Senate candidate is involved in litigation to secure his place. Eugene Platt lost the Democratic Primary, subsequent to his endorsement by the Green and Working Families parties. The ACLU is currently suing the state of South Carolina so that Platt may appear on the November ballot as a Green.
All Working Families Party nominees sought the endorsement of the Democratic Party. Although two nominees proceeded to a primary run-off, none won the nomination of the larger party. Subsequently the WFP did not submit the names of any candidates to the SC Electoral Commission and so no WFP candidates will appear in November.
Mark McBride failed to collect the necessary 10,000 signatures to appear as an independent petition candidate for U.S. Senate. McBride might have done well in November, since he was recently mayor of Myrtle Beach and Buddy Witherspoon got a respectable 30% of Republican primary voters running on a similar platform. Since the WFP Senate candidate Michael Cone is not contesting the Electoral Commissions exclusion of candidates failing cross-nominations, there will only be two candidates for Senate: incumbent Republican Lindsay Graham and Republican-now-Democrat Bob Conley.
Ralph Nader did collect the necessary 10,000 signatures and will appear on the SC November ballot for President.
Most South Carolina parties nominate by convention, and the candidates, along with those of the Democratic and Republican primary winners, were posted on the SC Election Commission website on May 15, 2008. Find below the list of the nominees from the commission site, along with a few local candidates. I have included fusion candidates who care reported to have been endorsed by a party, but for whatever reason are not mentioned as such on the Election Commission website.
I will follow up on some of the candidates individually later, but for now, here is a list of the nominees and the office they are seeking with links to the party and candidate pages (if available).
Parties without a presidential candidate have not yet nominated for that office.
C Faye Walters – U. S. House of Representatives Dist. 4
Eugene Platt – State House of Representatives District 115
- Platt is running in the Democratic primary and has received a fusion endorsement of the Green and Working Families Parties.
Bryan Smith – York County Council District 1
Chuck Baldwin – President of the United States
Frank Waggoner – U. S. House of Representatives District 5 (video of May 10, 2008 speech by Waggoner)
Polly Nicolay – State Senate District 1(video of May 10, 2008 speech by Nicolay)
- Author of We The People, Taking America Back
Patricia Matthews – State House of Representatives District 104
Susie Cornelius – Oconee County Treasurer (video of May 10, 2008 speech by Cornelius)
Other Constitution party candidates not found on the SC Votes website, and so possibly not ballot qualified:
John Langville – SC State Senate District 7 (video of May 10, 2008 speech by Langville)
Articles on the CP campaign:
- “Constitution Party candidates throw down gauntlet in Oconee County” Ray Chandler / Special to the Anderson Independent-Mail. Friday, April 4, 2008
Bob Barr – President of the United States
Victor Kocher – State House of Representatives District 76 (archived 2002 candidate campaign site)
Barak Obama – President of the United States (April 11, 2008 Ballot Access News article)
Chris Nelums – State Senate District 19 (archived 2004 candidate campaign site)
John J C Nelums – State House of Representatives District 79
Clay N. Middleton – State House of Representatives District 111 (also seeking Democratic endorsement in June 10, 2008 primary)
Eugene Platt – State House of Representatives District 115 (also seeking Democratic endorsement in June 10, 2008 primary)
- Platt was also endorsed by the SC Green Party at their May 3, 2008 convention.
The WFPSC website lists the following candidates, who do not appear on the SC Election Commission website:
Michael Cone – U. S. Senate (also seeking Democratic endorsement in June 10, 2008 primary)
- “Questions and Answers from US Senate Candidates“. Myrtle Beach Sun, June 6, 2008.
Kiba Anderson – Richland County Council (also seeking Democratic endorsement in June 10, 2008 primary)
Roger Odachowski – SC State Senate District 4 (also seeking Democratic endorsement in June 10, 2008 primary)
- Odachowski is president of the Independent Association of Fire Fighters, Anderson, SC
- Q&A with Odachowski and Democratic primary opponent Leonardo Ortiz in Friday, June 6, 2008 Anderson Independent-Mail.
Independent Petition Candidate
Mark McBride – U.S. Senate
Posted on June 8, 2008, in News, Politics, South Carolina and tagged ballot access, Constitution Party, electoral fusion, Eugene Platt, fusion, Green Party, Libertarian Party, South Carolina, third parties, United Citizens Party, Working Families Party of South Carolina. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.