As the Aug. 13 Senate District 42 Democratic primary approaches, The Post and Courier is profiling all six candidates. This is the third in the series. To read more, go to postandcourier.com/senate-42.
Bob Thompson, 68, has been a Georgia state representative, an Atlanta police officer, a Fulton County commissioner’s assistant, a Charleston City Council candidate and a self-employed contractor.
Family: Four children, six grandchildren.
Education: Washington University, St. Louis Community College.
Previous elected office: House District 48, Post 1, East Point, Ga. 2002-04.
Why I’m running: “To make District 42 a role model. I will address the following ... infrastructure and environmental concerns, work with public safety to reduce crime; getting our fair share of taxpayers dollars for public school education.”
More than anything, Senate District 42 needs: “To get rid of the ‘Good Old Boy’ system. I will listen to the citizens regarding their concerns and ... let their voices be heard and have an open door policy.”
Contact information: 722-1973; 817-9146. firstname.lastname@example.org.
He soon hopes to add another title: District 42 state senator.
Senate 42 forums
The NAACP has a candidate forum at 6:30 tonight at Burke High School.
The S.C. Democratic Party also has a forum set for 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at Trident Tech’s Rivers Avenue campus.
Thompson is one of six Democrats running Aug. 13 to get the party’s nomination for Robert Ford’s former Senate seat. The others are Emmanuel Ferguson, Herbert S. Fielding, Marlon Kimpson, Margaret Rush and Maurice Washington. An Aug. 27 runoff is likely.
Thompson said the main issue in the race is “good legislation.”
“I mean legislation that has teeth to it. That’s what senators do. They write bills and amendments and that kind of thing. They also handle budgets,” he said.
He said he will address infrastructure, environmental concerns, crime, public education and economic growth. “I can’t say all I can do until I get there,” he added. “I know everything is a learning process.”
Thompson ran for Charleston City Council’s District 3 seat two years ago and lost. He said he hopes that run increased his name recognition, and he learned a lesson about going into debt. He financed about half of his $1,100 campaign, according to state reports.
“I’m not going to go no further than my money will take me,” he said of his current campaign. “Since I’m knocking on doors, it will take me all the way.”
While he was unsuccessful in his city run, he has served several officials and campaigns in Georgia. That experience would prepare him for the South Carolina Senate, should he win, he said.
“I know how to deal with coming together with other peers to be able to get something,” he added. “There’s a lot of backroom stuff going on, and if you go back there, you better know how to deal.”
The Democratic winner will face both a Republican and Libertarian candidate in the special Oct. 1 election.
Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.
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