Steve French (South Carolina)

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Former candidate for
Governor of South Carolina
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
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Steve French was a Libertarian candidate for Governor of South Carolina in the 2014 elections.[1] French lost in the general election on November 4, 2014.

French operates a business that converts grease into biofuel.[1]



See also: South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2014

French ran for election to the office of Governor of South Carolina. French won the Libertarian nomination unopposed. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Governor of South Carolina, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNikki Haley Incumbent 55.9% 696,645
     Democratic Vincent Sheheen 41.4% 516,166
     Libertarian Steve French 1.2% 15,438
     Independent Tom Ervin 0.9% 11,496
     United Citizens Morgan Reeves 0.5% 5,622
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 934
Total Votes 1,246,301
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission.

Campaign themes

French highlighted several of his key issues in his 2014 race.[1]

  • Eliminating personal and corporate income taxes in favor of increased sales tax
  • "Ending restrictions" on marijuana use, gay marriage and abortion rights
  • Making state government more transparent


October 14 debate

Charleston State University hosted a debate featuring all five candidates for governor, though Nikki Haley (R) and Vincent Sheheen (D) trained their attention against each other on the issue of ethics. Sheheen struck at Haley for past accusations of illegal lobbying during her time as a state legislator, arguing that the state would never be led in the right direction with Haley in office. Haley responded that she was cleared of charges twice by the state House in 2012 and Sheheen voted against a proposed ethics reform law twice over the past two years. Sheheen claimed that the Republican-supported reform would not go far enough to deal with lobbying concerns.[2]

The three third-party candidates on stage brought unique perspectives to the debate with their stances on marijuana legalization and job creation. Independent candidate Tom Ervin argued against legalization of marijuana, suggesting that medical evidence showed lowered intelligence from habitual use. United Citizens Party candidate Morgan Reeves countered Ervin's points by stating that marijuana first existed in the "imagination of God" and could produce tax revenue for the state. Libertarian Party candidate Steve French opposed increasing the state's minimum wage and compared jobs to sex by saying, "You shouldn't brag about it if you have to pay for it." On the issue of jobs, Haley pointed to a previous announcement that 57,000 jobs would be created throughout the state and Sheheen suggested that only half of those jobs have been created in her first term.[2]

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