American Party of South Carolina
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The American Party of South Carolina was founded by physician Oscar Lovelace and former South Carolina Superintendent of Education Jim Rex in 2014. According to Rex and Lovelace, their impetus in starting the new party was to present a centrist alternative to the Republican Party and Democratic Party that could address perceived government dysfunction. Rex and Lovelace began collecting the 10,000 petition signatures required for formal party recognition under South Carolina state law during the 2013 South Carolina State Fair. Voter discontent with the United States federal government shutdown of 2013, which coincided with the fair, helped invigorate an unusually robust level of interest in the proposed new party.
In 2014, the first year of electoral activity for the party, it unsuccessfully ran four candidates for public office in that year's South Carolina elections. The same year its youth wing, Young Americans, was established with an inaugural chapter at Winthrop University.
The party's 2016 state convention was attended by 61 delegates from nine South Carolina counties, and nominated Peter Skewes as its candidate for president of the United States, as well as candidates for five other offices. As of 2016, the party said it hoped to expand beyond South Carolina and it registered with the Federal Elections Commission the same year.
On October 14, 2018 a group of successful, independent state political organizations joined together to create The Alliance Party. It is a new political party with a modern, centrist leaning, fiscally responsible, common sense, nonpartisan, problem solving agenda. The American Party of South Carolina is a Founding Member of the Alliance Party and the American Party’s former chair and Co-Founder, Jim Rex, is the National Vice Chair.
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