UNION COUNTY — The number of candidates running for the US House of Represenatives Fifth District seat has grown to seven but the latest candidate to announce is the first to not be a Republican.
In a statement released Monday, Josh Thornton announced that he has filed to run for the Fifth District seat as the candidate of the American Party of South Carolina.
Thornton is the first non-Republican candidate for the Fifth District seat which has been vacant since the appointment of Mike Mulvaney — himself a Republican — as Director of the US Office of Mangement and Budget. Six other candidates have already announced that they are running for the Fifth District seat, all of them running as Republicans. As of Monday no Democrats have announced/filed to run for the seat.
In announcing his candidacy, Thornton begins with his biography, stating that “I am a 41-year-old educator from Rock Hill, South Carlolina. I have been a private and public school educator for 19 years. I have been happily married to my wife, April, for 16 years and we have a 10-year-old-son. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Math education from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.”
Thornton said that he is running to give the people of the Fifth District a “positive choice” at the ballot box.
“As a resident of York County for the past 13 years, I have voted in too many unopposed elections or elections with only two unacceptable choices,” Thornton said. “As a result, I am running for Congress in the Fifth District of South Carolina. The House of Representatives of the United States was formed to give voice to every man and woman in our country. When you look at past elections and the current list of announced candidates for the Fifth District, most are established career politicians, party officials, long term insiders or party activists.
“I am running for Congress for several reasons,” he said. “One being that the people of South Carolina need a candidate who is not just another political partisan, but instead is someone who represents a positive choice for badly needed progress. South Carolinians need to ask themselves if they were positively motivated during the last election cycle. Or, if they were instead, merely choosing between the ‘lesser of two evils.’”
Thornton said that South Carolina needs “meaningful competition in our political races. … For example, we need competitive general elections, not just competitive Republican primaries. It is time that South Carolinians had a substantially different choice in our elections. That new choice is Josh Thornton of the American Party.”
With a candidate of the American Party no the ballot in addition to those of the Republican and Democratic parties, Thornton says voters will have an opportunity to vote to transcend the partisanship that he says has divided and harmed America.
“The Fifth Congressional District’s special election is a unique opportunity for the voters of our district to send a message to Washington, and to our nation,” Thornton said. “We can make it clear that we are tired of choosing between a partisan ‘warrior’ with a ‘D’ or with an ‘R’ next to their name — a partisan who follows the mandates of their party, even when it inevitably leads to harming our nation and dividing our people.”
By sending an American Party candidate to Congress, Thornton said the people of the Fifth District will have a represenative who will represent them and vote their interests, not the interests of a political party.
“Our two party system is a broken system that is causing unprecedented gridlock,” Thornton said. “Republicans feel forced to vote in favor of the president and Democrats feel forced to vote against the president. This is catastrophic for the American people, because they often vote according to their party mandates and at the expense of their constituencies.
“An American Party Congressman will be able to vote in favor of a Presidential policy when it is positive for their district and their Nation and to vote against policies that would be detrimental,” he said. “An American Party member of Congress will be able to function as an independent public servant whose only objective will be to benefit the majority of the citizens of their district and their nation.
“Government should be by the people and for the people; not, by the rich and for the party.” he said. “It is time to give the people of South Carolina a new choice and a new approach to governing. We have never needed it more than now.”
This story courtesy of the American Party of South Carolina.