David Shouse received the required 620 signatures for getting his name on the ballot in his bid to run for Pickens County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. He said he received word at 10:13 on Tuesday night.
“I had personally verified 836 signatures to ensure he had the 620 necessary ones. He turned in 130 pages of signatures, about 1,100-1,300 signatures, but verification stopped at 620. The independent candidate will now face-off against Republican Kris Stancil.
“I had full confidence that Mr. Shouse would be able to make it on the ballot in November. I know that this has been a task that he can take pride in.,” said Stancil.
He said the next step will be a lot of grass routes campaigning, some outdoor meet and greet events, adding they would follow guidelines for health safety.
“I want to really try and let the citizens of Pickens County know there is a candidate not tied to either party who can bring the amenities they want, while lowering their taxes,” he said. “I’ve seen the government waste as a businessman and how things can be done better.”
Shouse said he’s had to jump through those wasteful government loops to build his business and uses his VA Clinic experience as an example. His journey to get the clinic located in Jasper started July 2015 and the center opens for business on Monday.
“There were five awards given at the same time,” said Shouse. “Mine is the only one opening.”
He credited that accomplishment with being able to call, and push buttons when the red tape and hurdles popped up.
Shouse said his philosophy is to listen to the people.
“If it’s all about what you want to do, that’s a dictator,” he said “I’m here to serve. I don’t have to do this, but I’ve seen the issues and I need to make these 33,000 citizens feel like they matter again.”
“Him running as an independent doesn’t change how we will continue to run our race. I am running for the future and the citizens of our community and not against another person. This has been my philosophy since originally announcing the campaign over one year ago, said Stancil. ” I will fight to protect us from complacency and from over development while fighting to create opportunities for our citizens.”
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For the first time in recent history, an independent candidate reached the required signatures needed to get on November’s ballot.
Local developer David Shouse turned in 103 pages, with the average page having 10 signatures names, to the Pickens County Board of Elections and Registration office at 11 a.m. today. Shouse said he left several more pages at his office and that his total is about 1,200 signatures.
Shouse, who said he is “absolutely” a Trump supporter, decided to run as an Independent rather than as a Republican or Democratic candidate.
Shouse said he felt like there was some conflict running Republican. Republican Kris Stancil defeated incumbent Rob Jones during the primary election and will be on November’s ballot along with Shouse’s.
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“If you recall in Washington’s farewell address, he talks about the two-party system will eventually be so enamored in tic-for-tac that they forget the people they serve,” said Shouse. “My job is not to serve Republican or Democrat, it’s to serve the people of this county.”
“Thirty-eight percent of Americans identify themselves as independent and of those 68-percent lean Republican,” said Shouse.
The signatures have to be verified against voter registration roll to verify them, said Julianne Roberts, Supervisor of the Board of Elections and Registration. Poll workers will be tasked with that responsibility and she said Shouse would be notified via email next Friday.
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