In the race for South Carolina’s next lieutenant governor, Ken Ard and Bill Connor are waiting for the June 22 runoff to see who will represent the Republican Party. On the Democratic side, Ashley Cooper ran unopposed.
I’m the only candidate that I know of that the day that I announced I said ‘I’m not running to serve a party or ideology, I’m running to serve a state.’ We’ve got serious challenges, I think we all know it. We lead the nation in unemployment, we’re at the bottom of the nation in per capita income. I saw an article last week that said our seniors were second in terms of hungry seniors. So, we have a lot of issues to address. I try and go out and reach out to Democrats, independents, and Republicans. What’s different about my campaign is that I’ve done it since day one, so nothing is going to change for me.
Cooper says regardless of who wins, Ard or Connor, on the GOP side, he’s not changing his platform.
That won’t affect how I’m campaigning, it won’t affect my message, which is a message that we need to change the direction of the state and we need to bring people together to do that. I’ve been going around since the day I announced. I believe unemployment is one of the biggest issues, so I’ve been meeting with business leaders, entrepreneurs, small business owners around the state.
Cooper says he can bring something new to the state.
I think the big difference between me and what you see going on at the statehouse is I don’t believe the average citizen wakes up every morning and asks, ‘Am I Democrat of am I Republican?’ You say things like, ‘Are my kids getting a good education, is there opportunity in this state for me to keep my job, or can I get a better job, or my wife and I want to maintain our house, what are we doing?’ I think that’s what the average people wake up every morning thinking about because I know that’s what my wife and I wake up thinking about.
Cooper is the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. The GOP run-off will reveal his opponent.