Columbia College set to host forum Monday for third-party candidates

Democrat and Republican candidates for elected office tend to draw the most attention, but the spotlight will shine on candidates from other parties Monday evening in Columbia.

columbia collegeColumbia College will host a forum for third-party candidates, who make up 20 percent of the candidates in South Carolina’s state and federal elections this year. The event is free and open to the public.

The forum begins at 7 p.m. Monday at the Johnnie Cordell Breed Leadership Center for Women, Room 201, on the Columbia College campus. Free parking will be available at the corner of Columbia College Drive and Colonial Drive.

Candidates expected to appear at the forum include the following:

  • Jill Bossi, candidate for U.S. Senate, American Party
  • Brett Bursey, director of S.C. Progressive Network
  • David Edmond, candidate for commissioner of agriculture, United Citizens Party
  • Sue Edward, candidate for S.C. House of Representatives, District 114, co-chair, S.C. Green Party
  • Harold Geddings III, candidate for 2nd Congressional District, Labor Party
  • Marjorie Hammock, co-chair of the S.C. Progressive Network
  • Victor Kocher, candidate for U.S. Senate and S.C. Libertarian Party chairman
  • Travis McCurry, candidate for S.C. House of Representatives, District 26, Libertarian
  • Donna McGreevy, candidate for S.C. House of Representatives, District 74, American Party
  • Curtis McLaughlin, candidate for 4th Congressional District, Libertarian
  • Morgan Bruce Reeves, candidate for governor, United Citizens Party
  • Jim Rex, chairman and co-founder, American Party of South Carolina

The forum will be moderated by Claudia Smith Brinson, coordinator of Columbia College’s Writing for Print and Digital Media program.