Steve French (South Carolina)
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|Former candidate for|
|Governor of South Carolina|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
French operates a business that converts grease into biofuel.
|Governor of South Carolina, 2014|
|Republican||Nikki Haley Incumbent||55.9%||696,645|
|United Citizens||Morgan Reeves||0.5%||5,622|
|Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission.|
French highlighted several of his key issues in his 2014 race.
- 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.
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.
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