April 1, 2010 – Have you ever heard of Tim Scott, Ryan Frazier or Les Phillips? Well they belong to a group of six African-American running for Congress on the Republican ticket. While it’s not unusual – this year could have a record number on primary ballots in November.
South Carolina Republican State Rep. Tim Scott’s website says he wants’ to go to Washington “to secure the voice of the American people, to fight big government, and to rein in spending.” He calls for folks in the first District to join his team. Scott is running on consistent themes and messages of the GOP, but will that be enough?
Scott will need to be able to pull the votes of conservative White Republicans and in a state like South Carolina woo the predominately Democratic African-American voter?
But Scott isn’t along when it comes to facing those challenges. Deon Lon of Winter Park, Fla., is running for the seat in 24 District. The married attorney and father of four also boast his conservative roots and party loyalty on his website along with a mention of his “passionate” support for school choice. All of the candidates running as Republicans have impressive resumes but some lack a great deal of political experience.
Les Phillips of Huntsville, Ala. is a native of Trinidad-Tobago and the son of immigrant parents and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1978. He served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy following his military career entering the private sector and owning his own business.
Phillip’s website says the candidate for the 5th District “has a passion for defending the Constitution, protecting the freedom we hold dear and restoring America’s conservative values.”
Angela McClowan is the only female on this short list of GOP hopefuls. I’ve know Angela for a few years, she’s been a stable on the Fox News as a political analyst and she’s often appeared on BET News.
McClowan, in Oxford, Miss. is now opting out of politics as a spectator and launching her political career in bid for Mississippi’s First Congressional District. “This pro-life, pro-gun, pro-small business, conservative is working so hard for the privilege of representing Mississippi’s 1st congressional district,” her Website says.
“Angela will go to battle on behalf of Mississippians who are fed up with the abuse of our tax dollars and the rate of unemployment,” her website contends.
In Fayetteville, N.C. a retired Army officer Lou Huddleston now a civic and business leader in the community has decided to run for the seat in District 8 Huddleston a second generation military family with degrees in political science and public administration identifies himself as a “lifelong Republican” on his Website.
“New taxes, radical social agendas, massive corporate bailouts? That kind of “leadership” is not helping us right here at our kitchen tables,” Huddleston says..
One GOP candidate stands out as the only Black candidate outside of the southern region. Ryan Frazier in Colorado has served in city government on the Aurora City Council as an At-Large member. The father of three is a veteran, owns a small business and is the co-founder of a pre-K through 8the grade public charter school.
His Website promotes a pro-business approach; “Congress must foster an environment of regulatory certainty by reining in their overreach into the day-to-day activities of private businesses. When lawmakers enact new regulations almost every week, this creates an atmosphere where business owners cannot plan for the future and plot a course for growth.”
All of the candidates have interesting looking websites and offer conservative views fitting for the GOP ticket they have opted to run on. Check them out and let me know what you think.