Two Libertarians compete against Dems, Rep for District 42
By Valencia Wickervwicker@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Of the 9 candidates running for Robert Ford's District 42 Senate seat, two are Libertarians - Rodney Travis and Alex Thornton.
"The other candidates can say and do all sorts of things that are not good for individual liberty and freedom," said Travis. "But, Libertarians sign an oath to adhere to promoting a less obtrusive government or we are kicked out of the party."
Running alongside Travis is Alex Thornton.
"South Carolina is a great place and a true leader among the states," Thornton said. "But bureaucracy and corruption, among other things, are preventing us from realizing our full potential."
Travis moved to the Lowcountry in 1966. He attended and graduated from Stall High School then moved on to Trident Tech.
Travis says if elected, he would fight against government handouts, bailouts and loans, support securing the United States' borders and work to lower crime rates within the district.
"District 42 is rampant with shootings, killings, shoplifting, and bank robberies every day," said Travis. "The generations of children growing up without married parents is a big cause of this, and we must stop this by ending the redistribution of wealth via the welfare state."
Travis says he would also join Gov. Nikki Haley in her quest to restrict junk food purchases from the state's EBT/SNAP food program.
"I see gas stations advertising they accept SNAP cards and the most nutritious item they have are potato chips. EBT/SNAP junk food has got to stop," said Travis.
Thornton, on the other hand, says she has two main areas she will focus on if elected: budget reform and ethics reform.
"These two reforms in particular would allow South Carolina to rise up and return to national prominence as a bastion of freedom for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds," Thornton said.
In terms of ethics reform, Thornton says she will work toward "increased transparency in the finances of elected officials."
Thornton also says if she is elected, she would like to transfer the responsibility of ethics investigations within the legislature to a separate body, and transfer the appointment of executive branch officials to the governor.
For budget reform, Thornton says she will work to reduce wasteful spending and reduce taxes on working-class citizens.
"This will allow for increased competition in fields such as healthcare, driving down the cost, and increasing the quality of service," Thornton said.
Both candidates will be on the ballot for the primary election on Aug. 13.
There are six Democrats and 1 Republican also running.