A man who has been a key figure in the Occupy Columbia movement is planning to run for a seat in the state House of Representatives. Walid Hakim wants to challenge incumbent Republican Mac Toole in House District 88, which represents West Columbia.
Rep. Toole has been in the House since 2003.
Hakim has been a vocal member of the Occupy Columbia movement since the protests began October 15.
He was one of 19 protesters who were arrested in November after Gov. Nikki Haley placed a curfew on the demonstrations.
After a legal challenge Occupy members were allowed to return to the Statehouse grounds until temporary regulations banning camping were implemented. Hakim and a handful of other protesters briefly resumed their 24-hour demonstrations March 21…after those regulations expired.
Lawmakers have since passed a law permanently banning camping at the Statehouse.
Hakim is also a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps.