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South Carolina candidate for governor says he’s switching parties after $15 wage split

Activist Gary Votour, who sought the South Carolina Democratic Party nomination for governor, is switching parties.

Votour introduced Monday he’ll run on the Labor Party ticket for governor after saying the state Democratic Party is falling quick on pushing for a $15 minimal wage. Votour was the primary candidate to announce he could be operating for governor for the Democratic nomination.

On the best way out of the social gathering, Votour criticized former Congressman Joe Cunningham, who’s main the fundraising race within the Democratic gubernatorial main, particularly citing Cunningham’s vote against a $15 minimum wage whereas in Congress.

“Although the S.C. Democratic Party has embraced those positions in its party platform, it now falls short of these goals by refusing to require that all candidates office running as Democratic Party candidates do so as well,” Votour posted to social media. “In particular, I am referring to former Congressman Cunningham who refuses to stand for a living wage of at least $15 per hour for all South Carolinians.”

Votour added that by“refusing to adhere to this important party platform issue, Mr. Cunningham has created great division within the Democratic Party.”

Votour mentioned social gathering Chairman Trav Robertson refused to disallow Cunningham from operating for governor due to a doable lawsuit.

Robertson informed The State Monday he doesn’t know if he has the authorized authority to cease Cunningham from operating for governor.

“Gary Votour is a wonderful human being, (and) his heart is in the right place. The fact is he simply wants what’s best for people in our state and our country,” Robertson mentioned. “We wish him the best of luck and we have more in agreement with Gary than we do in disagreement.”

In an interview in December, Cunningham mentioned he all the time supported minimal wage that’s within the double digits, however the invoice in Congress he voted towards would have eradicated tip wages, which might have damage hospitality employees.

“Congressman Cunningham wishes Mr. Votour all the best as he continues his campaign in another party,” mentioned Trevor Maloney, Cunningham’s marketing campaign supervisor. “In the meantime, Joe is laser-focused on defeating Henry McMaster in November so we can legalize marijuana, increase teacher pay, and raise the minimum wage to at least $12 an hour.”

With Votour out of the Democratic Party race, Cunningham will face state Sen. Mia McLeod, D-Richland. Florence resident William H. Williams is also in search of the nomination.

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