Island Connection: Green Party in Play for SC Senate District 41

Sue Edward is the candidate for the South Carolina Green Party in the July 14 special election for SC Senate District 41.  Now the Island Connection has a great article on Sue Edward’s campaign written by journalist Kristin Hackler.

Remember to vote Green July 14th in State Senate District 31.

Green Party in Play for District 41

Monday, July 2, 2012

By Kristin Hackler, staff writer, Island Connection, Newspaper for Kiawah, Seabrook and Bohicket Marina.

Sue Edward, Green Party, South Carolina Senate District 41

Sue Edward, Green Party candidate for South Carolina Senate District 41 in the July 14, 2012 Special Election.

While many people are aware that Republican candidate Walter Hundley and Democratic candidate Paul Tinkler are vying for Glenn McConnell’s former senate seat in the July 17 special elections, Green Party candidate Sue Edward has been working hard behind the scenes, steadily spreading the word that there is another option outside of the two major political parties.

“I would like to think that we’re offering the voters an alternative. Being grassroots, we’re representing the average person. I believe that the more choices that people have, the better,” said Edward.

A Charleston resident since 2003 and a West Ashley resident since 2004, Edward founded the Charleston branch of the Green Party in 2008 and also serves as the co-chair of the South Carolina Green Party.

“I have always been a voter. I found myself participating more and more politically around the 2000 elections while I was living in Madison, Wisconsin. In early 2003, I decided to research the many political parties to see which party best represented my views and found the closest match within the Green Party,” said Edward.

The principles of the Green Party were what originally appealed to Edward, who considered herself an Independent after becoming disenfranchised with the leading parties.

“What was appealing to me what that the Green Party upheld the same values I already held, and it meshed well for me,” said Edward.

Founded on 10 key values, the Green Party is “committed to ecology, social justice grassroots democracy, and non-violence…without the support of corporate donors.” For Edward, her interests include education, women’s rights, workers’ rights, election reform, and tax reform – all areas in which she hopes to serve during her term, if elected.

And while she’s running to complete Glenn McConnell’s term, which expires at the end of this year, Edward has also stated that she will not be running in the regular elections this November.

“This is my first time running for public office. The special election is a little more low key, so it is a good way to gain experience. And since there is no incumbent in the race, all candidates are on equal footing which allows all of us to more easily present our platforms to the voters,” said Edward.

Another reason for not running in November is her schedule. With a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Edward has worked in computer software for more than 25 years, and as an average working person, she can’t afford the time requirements of the current legislative structure.

“The time requirements of traveling to Columbia three days per week for six months makes it simply impossible for the average person who does not own their own business or is not retired or is not independently wealthy [to hold a legislative office]. Since the remainder of this term is after the legislative session, the travel requirement is no longer an issue,” said Edward.

Through this election, Edward hopes not only to gain additional experience as a legislator, she hopes to spread that word that there are more electoral options than the two major parties.

“I offer the voters a choice. The two corporate parties are becoming more and more similar and Greens offer a real alternative. I will work for the people of district 41 and all of South Carolina with no conflicts of interest or ethics violations,” said Edward.

For more information about Sue Edward, visit www.electsueedward.com. For more information about the Green Party, visit charlestongreenparty.orgscgreenparty.org, and gp.org.

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