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Gustafson withdraws from 5th district race

Posted: March 13, 2017 4:27 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Penry Gustafson of Camden has suspended her campaign to run for U.S. Congress.  She had previously announced she would be filing as a Republican in an already expansive race to fill Mick Mulvaney’s 5th Congressional District seat.  This statement clarifies the reasons for her decision and the change in plans for her political future.  

“I want to be absolutely certain about the right time to start and the right place for my personal beliefs and political ideology,” Gustafson said. “More importantly, my family has always come first before career, and at this moment, I am needed more there than anywhere else.”  

Her desire to bring back decency and common sense to public office is what drove her to enter the race. 

“I could not turn away from this wonderful opportunity to prove that the average citizen can seek public office along with the career politicians that seem to drive every single election,” she said.  

Her slogan, “Voice for All” refers to all citizens, all voters, all potential voters. 

“Open, balanced solutions to complex problems are needed right now to calm the rocky waters,” she said.

Her platform issues included bringing back trust, respect, and honor to our publicly held positions; providing an alternative choice for voters outside establishment candidates; supporting and implementing term limit legislation for all publicly held positions; working toward racial reconciliation; and using a fiscally responsible approach towards a workable balanced budget.  

Having never run for office, Gustafson naturally decided that the Republican Party would be her best chance at winning any future elections in South Carolina and was advised that doing otherwise would be “political suicide,” she said.  She has been a voting Republican since 1988. However, after intense review and consideration, Gustafson said she is now supporting and plans to represent the third largest certified party in the state, the American Party. A modern and moderate party founded in 2014 in S.C., the American Party addresses the nation’s growing political dysfunction and offers more choices for the voting public, she said. 

 “The American Party welcomes the involvement and support of Penry Gustafson,” American Party Chairman Jim Rex said. “The Party was created by former Republicans, Democrats and Independents who believe we need a new choice and approach to politics in our state and nation.  Penry Gustafson's considerable talents and attributes, along with her unselfish patriotism, will be an important addition to our efforts to fix a broken system."

Gustafson said she intends to support Josh Thornton, a Rock Hill educator and American Party candidate.  “We need viable candidates not beholding to special interests, lobbyists, or the two-party system, who can truly represent everyone,” she said. 

For more information, please contact Penry Gustafson at 803-669-6364 (cell)


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