Stan Smith (South Carolina)

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Stan Smith
South Carolina Senate District 16
Political party Libertarian
Profession President/Owner, Human Patterns
Website Campaign site
Stan Smith was the Libertarian candidate in the special election for the South Carolina State Senate, District 16. Smith ran to fill the vacancy created when Michael Mulvaney (R) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the November 2 general election. Smith also ran for District 48 of the South Carolina House of Representatives in the 2010 general election.

Smith was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1950. Due to violence in South Africa, Smith's family moved to the United States. In 1967, Smith took the oath of citizenship. He went on to graduate from George Mason University and earn a Master's Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the American Academy of Psychotherapists. In 1978, he became President of Human Patterns, consulting on issues ranging from conflict resolution to leadership development. He is involved in the the Citizen's Democracy Corps, which promotes democratic leadership worldwide.[1]

Campaign themes


On his campaign site, Smith outlines his policy platform.

  • "Direct a bigger share of school money to grades K to 4 to give children a good foundation to succeed throughout their education."
  • "Issue vouchers or tax credits for each school age child so the parent/guardian can send the child to any school: public, private or charter."
  • "Increase the Homestead Exemption from $50,000 to $150,000for people 65 and older."
  • "Drop excessive regulation and unnecessary licensing for small business to help create jobs and new start-up companies."
  • "Support family farms by allowing the farmers to process and market their own crops."
  • "Enforce the fair distribution of highway funds across South Carolina."
  • "Developers should pay their own way instead of drawing upon state and local funds for their project’s infrastructure."
  • "Every vote by a legislator must be recorded so the public knows how they voted."
  • "Eliminate ‘pork’ by requiring every legislative bill to be for a single issue and be written in clear English."
  • "Require a two-thirds majority to override a Governor’s veto – currently an override can be accomplished in a session with just a lone legislator in attendance."
  • "Set a limit of no more than two terms in any state elected office."



See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Smith was defeated by Greg Gregory (R) in the April 12, 2011 special election. Keith Brann (D) also ran for the seat.[2][3][4]


Smith was defeated by incumbent Ralph W. Norman (R) in the general election on November 2.[5].



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