Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and the others will now be joined on the ballot in South Carolina by candidates from the newly-certified American Party.
The statewide grassroots movement “demanding strict ethics accountability and term limits for officeholders” was officially certified recently by the South Carolina Election Commission, according to a news release.
Sixteen thousand voters from each of the State’s 46 counties signed up to make this possible, according to party leaders Oscar Lovelace and Jim Rex.
According to Lovelace and Rex, the party will be guided by four principles:
• Legislate and govern from the middle.
• Increase the economic global competitiveness of the United States.
• Stop Growth of Political Class and Career Politicians
• Hold political parties accountable for their candidates and officeholders.
“The two dominant American political parties give voters few viable options. Many feel they must choose from the lesser of two evils as they consider the choices available from a list of career politicians who have run the ‘primary gauntlet’ of their respective parties by pledging allegiance to the special interests and the doctrines their bases demand for both election and re-election,” the release states.
The Party is actively searching for change-agent candidates to give voters a welcomed option in local, state, and federal races in this November’s elections.
“Our two-party system is a broken political system, which spends most of its time catering to big money resources, special interests, and promoting their own re-election rather than solving our nation’s problems,” said Lovelace.
Frank Beattie, the local representative for the American Party said its formation was necessitated after coming to the conclusion “both political parties are self serving.”
Beattie said the party wants to get “well qualified people” to run for offices.
“The public is fed up with the way things are,” Beattie said.
Rex and Lovelace said that the effort to gather names for the petition began just under a year ago with volunteers working across the state at various events, functions, and festivals. They said voters were very receptive to the idea of a more moderate political party.
In the weeks ahead, the American Party will be traveling across South Carolina registering new voters and recruiting candidates that will adhere to the Party’s four core principles.
The Party’s website is www.americanpartysc.com.