Libertarian Enters State Senate Race

A South Carolina Libertarian is contesting a June special election for a State Senate seat. He’ll be the lone challenger to the Republican primary winner on the general election ballot.

From The Island Packet Online...

A 25-year-old Hilton Head Island resident is joining the race for the South Carolina Senate District 46 seat.

Greg Graziani announced Thursday he will run as a Libertarian for the seat vacated last month by Scott Richardson, who became the state’s insurance director. Graziani will face the winner of the crowded Republican primary in the June 19 general election. The primary is May 1.

Graziani, a 2004 graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, is a project manager for Carroll Enterprises, a Hilton Head Island construction company.

If elected, he says he’ll work toward “reducing the size of state government, less taxes, illegal-immigration reform and protection of natural resources.”

Graziani said he identifies with the Libertarian Party because “they represent my ideals and the ideals of South Carolina most accurately—smaller government, less taxes and more freedom.”

Graziani has never sought elected office. He says he’s running because it’s an opportunity to make a change.

“I think it will be an uphill battle, but these guys have experience doing the same things that have always been done,” Graziani said. “Having a fresh face in here, I think we’ll be able to get some new policies and some new results, not the same old stuff.”

During his campaign, Graziani said, he will talk to residents about invigorating small business in the Lowcountry and the state. He also wants to have an open discussion about taxes, immigration and education.

9 Responses to “Libertarian Enters State Senate Race”

  1. Phil Says:

    Good. Local races are the way to make the LP grow.

  2. John Chance Says:

    He fails to mention SC is largely pro-life in orientation, something the LP-sadly-is not.

  3. Trent Hill Says:

    Yea. I doubt a libertarian wins in S.C. Thats more Republican/America First/Southern Party/CP territory.

  4. Andy Says:

    “John Chance Says:

    March 13th, 2007 at 10:13 am
    He fails to mention SC is largely pro-life in orientation, something the LP-sadly-is not.”

    This is not entirely true. There is division within the Libertarian Party over the issue of abortion. There are actually a lot more pro-life Libertarians than many people realize.

    “Trent Hill Says:

    March 13th, 2007 at 2:20 pm
    Yea. I doubt a libertarian wins in S.C. Thats more Republican/America First/Southern Party/CP territory.”

    Myrtle Beach seems like it could be fertile ground for Libertarians.

  5. Trent Hill Says:

    Id say Myrtle Beach is just as much fertile ground as Orange County in California.
    That is to say…not really that much.

  6. Winston Smith Says:

    There is division, but LP is officially and but majority-pro-choice…or at least, no comment, no action

  7. disinter Says:

    Good. Local races are the way to make the LP grow.

    Bingo.

  8. disinter Says:

    John Chance:

    http://www.l4l.org/index.html

  9. disinter Says:

    Another 2007 Libertarian candidate worth supporting:

    http://www.arinsime.com/home.aspx

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