Why I am Running

Our nation has lost its moral compass and we are divided more than any time in half a century.

Washington is dysfunctional.  The wealthiest 1% put 97% of the money into elections, and blind Congress to the needs of working families and threats to the planet.  Our civilization is a force of nature which threatens our security.  This is the ultimate taxation without representation on future generations. The Founding Fathers feared any faction overcoming our checks and balances.  For me, silence is betrayal.   We must restore the American Dream and protect families- not corporate interests.  The wealthy must pay their fair share of taxes so that we can responsibly invest in America.  We must rebuild our infrastructure, invest in early childhood education, make college affordable, lead the word in sustainable energy, make the minimum wage a living wage,  pass Medicare for All, develop reasonable gun control laws and refocus the war on drugs. I see this as common sense for the common good.



I believe in Common Sense for the Common Good.

I have called South Carolina home for nearly 30 years, and have devoted that time to my family, my community, and the future of South Carolina through community service and teaching. I am running for Congress because I believe Congress has a responsibility to invest in America to create more jobs, opportunity, and security. I believe that every person in South Carolina has the right to be fully and equally represented in the eyes of the nation.

My South Carolina Life

In 1986, I joined the faculty of Coker College, teaching Sociology and Political Science. In my three decades at Coker College, I have researched policy and political matters, from local high-school dropout rates to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as traveled to and worked on human rights issues in eight countries. My commitment to education was honored by being recognized as a Coker Master Professor three times, receiving the Governor’s Distinguished Professor award, as well as the Algernon Sydney Sullivan service award.

Working with the United Nations, I monitored the elections in Nicaragua in 1990 and in Mexico in 1994. I have served on numerous local boards including the homeless shelter, the Disabilities Board, Christmas in April (low-income housing), as well as the South Carolina Democratic party. I currently serve on the board of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Hartsville, am a co-chair of the local Earth Day Festival, as well as the co-chair of the conference “Sustainability and Faith.”

For 12 years, I have also taught government and economics at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Math, helping students understand the importance of civic engagement and economic policy. My book, “Covering High Treason: Media Coverage of the Assassination of President Kennedy.” will be available early 2018.

I live in Hartsville with my wife, Carole Holloway, an attorney with the Department of Social Services. We are the proud parents of two daughters, Geneva and Nicole. Geneva, a nurse, is married to Dr. Luke Baxley, formerly of Hartsville. They have one son, Davis. Our youngest daughter, Nicole, is a Senior in college with a double major in political science and sociology.

Presidents Jefferson and Eisenhower told us the price of liberty is eternal vigilance—that is the price of justice, the price of community, and the price of security.  Just voting is not enough—we need to stand up, speak out, and organize-- to create a government that works for all of us.  Keep the faith.  Organized people can defeat organized money. To strengthen the land of the free, we must be the home of the brave. Join us on this journey for LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.




"I refuse to accept donations from corporations or big banks — no public servant can serve two masters."

— Mal Hyman



"I believe that healthcare is a human right.”

No one should lose everything because they are sick.  Healthcare is a human right and we need a system akin to "Medicare for All." We must work toward an efficient, state run healthcare system where everyone is covered, and we pick our own doctors and hospitals. 



"It is time for the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes to fund new investments in America.

Income inequality persists despite the current economic recovery; Americans are working harder for starvation wages. Like Dr. King, I believe it's a crime for a nation this rich to have citizens working for starvation wages while the wealthiest 1% enjoy yet another tax break.. 



“Protecting the environment is crucial to the future of South Carolina.”

Foremost among our goals is the prevention of offshore drilling and seismic testing right along our coastline. The push to drill for oil off of the South Carolina coast risks our atmosphere, our beautiful beaches, and tens of thousands of jobs. Air and water pollution are an environmental taxation without representation on future generations.



“As a Democrat, I believe in strong families for South Carolina.”

Investing in dignity for children strengthens families. Investing in opportunity for students strengthens families. Guaranteed healthcare and decent wages strengthens families. Paid family leave and sick leave strengthens families. Investing in veterans and seniors strengthens families. A deeper commitment to a common sense criminal justice strengthens families. Our LGBTQ family members (and their families) deserve dignity and equality.



"I believe in peace through common sense and common sense."

Our policy of implementing regime change has generally created less security and has contributed to the rise of terror groups like ISIS. We must honor our commitments to our allies, and seek to strengthen international law.



“Social Security must be increased to provide dignity to seniors.“

Social Security is the sole source of income for about half of South Carolina retirees.  About 37% of each check goes toward out-of pocket health care costs. Twenty percent of our citizens can not afford to fill their prescriptions. Currently, no Social Security payroll taxes are paid on incomes above $118,000--so the upper middle class and the wealthy pay a lower share of their income on this tax than the rest of us.  We have to right this wrong.  



Education is one of the most important issues facing the state of South Carolina, and the whole country.

As an educator for more than four decades, I have taught people of all ages, and all walks of life: my own children, students in high school and college, and even men in our criminal justice system. I will fight to make education a priority for legislators, community leaders, teachers, and students. I will fight to make education a higher priority for Congress. 




"I believe the open wounds of our past demand a new commitment to criminal justice.“

Early in my teaching career I taught at a medium security men’s prison in California, and sometimes I would ask the inmates, “When did you lose hope and lose your dreams?”  They would say at the age of 11, 12, or 13. They made some bad choices—but they did not pick their parents, they did not pick their schools, they did not pick their community, they did not pick their country.  Society has made some bad choices, too. Either we have liberty and justice for all, or we don’t. Either we do unto the least of these, or we don’t. We are reaping what we have sown.

The open wounds of our past demand a new commitment to criminal justice.