Tuesday Morning, October 13, 2009
Eugene Platt, the only Green serving in an elected position in South Carolina, announced today his candidacy for State House Seat 115. Currently, Platt serves on the James Island Public Service District Commission. He has held that position since 1993 and most recently was reelected in 2008 as the top votegetter among eight candidates.
Platt pledges, if elected, to be one of the strongest voices in the State Legislature for working families. To that end, he would not even wait until the Legislature convened in 2011 to introduce legislation to end South Carolina’s status as a so-called “Right to Work” state—he would pre-file such a bill. Platt notes that “Right to Work” states have not fared nearly as well economically as those states which honor workers with fewer restrictions on their rights to form and use unions to ensure fair pay, good working conditions, and health care.
Platt, a product of the public schools of this state—from elementary school through the University of South Carolina—would be a strong supporter of those schools. To that end, he is unequivocally opposed to the use vouchers that use public funds for private school education. He also says State college tuition increases should not exceed the general rate of inflation.
Naturally, as a Green, environmental and social justice issues are among Platt’s chief concerns. On numerous occasions he has spoken out against unbridled development. Irresponsible developers do not consider him their friend.
Platt says the criminal justice system must be completely revamped, focusing on the safety of law-abiding citizens. To that end, the State Highway Patrol should be increased by at least 100 new troopers to insure the safety of our highways. At the same time, recognizing that capital punishment compromises our corporate morality and has no place in a civilized society, he would work to end it in South Carolina—and the nation. (The United States is one of the very few democracies that still impose capital punishment, putting it out of step with most of the civilized world.)
State House District includes most of James Island and Folly Beach. Platt, a progressive Green, expects to face both a conservative Republican and a centrist Democrat in the November 2010 election. He says he is encouraged by growing disenchantment about both major parties being expressed by voters not only in House District 115, but all across America. Voters want true altenatives—and they are truly ready to “Live Green, Vote Green.” This is reflected in the fact that the Green Party is the fastest growing political party in the United States!