Jeff Sumerel

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Jeff Sumerel
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Candidate for
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 4
PartyGreen Party
Place of birthGreenville, SC
ProfessionDocumentary filmmaker
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Jeff Sumerel was a 2012 Green Party candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 4th Congressional District of South Carolina.[1]


Campaign themes


In information submitted to Ballotpedia, Sumerel outlined his political philosophy and campaign themes:[2]

  • "To explore the possibilities and potential of implementing the purest form of representation for the people of the 4th District of South Carolina."
  • "To test the theory of pure democracy, by executing a plan and stance that in part, will offer the first political candidate in U.S. history who will express no opinion during the election, and if elected, during his entire term in Congress. Honestly."
  • "To activate and offer to the public an online “voting” system that would be a key component of the representative’s operation to test the theory of pure democracy. In short, this system will allow every matter brought to vote in Congress to be determined by the majority of those in the 4th District."
  • "To provide the public with a new perspective and choice in the electoral process."



See also: South Carolina's 7th congressional district elections, 2012

Sumerel was defeated by incumbent Trey Gowdy.[3] Sumerel ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing South Carolina's 4th District. Sumerel was unopposed in the Green party primary June 12. The general election was November 6, 2012.[4]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Deb Morrow 33.7% 89,964
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTrey Gowdy Incumbent 64.9% 173,201
     Green Jeff Sumerel 1.3% 3,390
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 329
Total Votes 266,884
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors

As of July 8, 2012, Sumerel did not have any contribution reports on file with the Federal Election Commission.

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