ELIJAH JONES TO RUN AGAINST JAY JORDAN IN GOP SPECIAL ELECTION
By FITSNEWS || A second “Republican” candidate has filed to run in the special election for S.C. House District 63, the seat vacated earlier this month via the resignation of former Rep. Kris Crawford.
Elijah Jones – owner of a Florence, S.C. property management firm – announced his candidacy for the seat this week. According to Jones, his top three campaign issues will be restoring pubic trust in government, opposing tax hikes and “repairing roads and infrastructure” in the Pee Dee region of the state.
Jones announcement did not articulate support or opposition to specific policies pursuant to those objectives, however it was full of populist rhetoric.
“Columbia is broken” Jones said in a statement accompanying his announcement. “When lawmakers focus more on their own interests than the issues that impact their constituents every day, there is a problem with that approach. Some in Columbia are more concerned about who is contributing to their election and protecting their contributors’ interests than they are in making good business decisions to keep government lean and making it more efficient and transparent to the average citizen.”
That’s true …
We also agree with Jones when he says the “Republican” party label is not synonymous with fiscal conservatism.
“I am proud to call myself a conservative Republican, but today many Republicans in Columbia do not vote conservatively,” he said. “They vote to expand the size of government every time they can. I will oppose growing government, and I will demand that our elected officials be held to a higher standard. This is why we must push for tough ethic reform. I will be a leader on this issue.”
Obviously we’ll reserve judgment on Jones’ leadership until we see what sort of proposals he offers or embraces.
Jones is running against former U.S. Congressional candidate Jay Jordan – a social conservative who has the support of the GOP establishment.