There are currently a dozen candidates in the race for the First Congressional District seat after Congressman Henry Brown announced his retirement. There is only one candidate that is representing the Independence Party.
Jimmy Wood says why he’s decided to run: “I see a lot of headlines, I see a lot of chatter on Fox News and other organizations where the Republican party is reaching out to the Tea Party candidates. They are trying to secure that conservative base of power back into their grasp. I believe with all of my heart it’s a little bit too late. I think for years the Republicans have looked at the conservative branch of our society and they’ve said ‘if you don’t like where we are going, where else are you going to go?’ Well, I think recently they’ve seen where we are going to go,” says Wood.
Because of this, Wood says he’s decided to represent the Independence Party after being a Republican since the age of 18.
“I’m not going to get wrapped up in the mud-slinging. Whenever I started petitioning the Independence Party to take a look at my platform and to take a look at where I stand, one item I was very adamant about was I would not get involved in a negative campaign. I believe the Republicans that have already thrown their name in the hat for going forward that will be battling each other, for lack of better terms, I think they are going to have to get down to the politics as usual leads that American has grown tired of,” says Wood.
Wood says he thinks South Carolina citizens are looking for something different, and he believes serving the Independence Party will make him stand out.
“Everyone in this country is an individual, we’re not part of groups. Everybody goes into that ballot box, and everyone is going to vote independently when it comes time to check that box. I believe the majority of America right now is defining themselves with that type of movement. I think they are tired of the labels: I’m a Democrat, I’m a Liberal, I’m a Conservative, I’m a Republican. I think a lot of Americans are taking a look at it and saying ‘that gets too convoluted,’ ” says Wood.