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Council Member, Former Prosecutor Son of the Late Senator Strom Thurmond Announces Bid for Congress

January 20, 2010


Contact: Paul Thurmond


Council Member, Former Prosecutor

Son of the Late Senator Strom Thurmond

Announces  Bid for Congress

Charleston, South Carolina – January 20, 2010 – In response to weeks of encouragement from friends, supporters, business owners and Republican party leaders, Paul Thurmond, son of the late Senator Strom Thurmond, has announced his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District.

“We have serious problems facing our country- too many people are without jobs, out of control federal spending, a Democratic Congress bent on destroying our health care system while eliminating benefits to our senior citizens, rising taxes, and an Administration that seems to think that apologizing for America’s actions is good foreign policy,” said Thurmond. “First we must cut taxes to spur business growth and create jobs. The use of tax dollars as incentives is a critical economic development tool, and one that was used on Council in bringing Boeing and more than 3,800 jobs to the district.

The late Senator Strom Thurmond instilled in Paul the notion that public service is a duty and an honor. Thurmond started his public service life as an Assistant Solicitor in the Ninth Judicial Circuit successfully prosecuting hundreds of violent criminals who preyed upon our communities. In 2006, Thurmond was elected to Charleston County Council, later as Vice Chair and currently serves on various committees including finance, planning and economic development.

“My candidacy isn’t about me-it’s about us,” said Thurmond. “In just 7 days after announcing my exploratory committee, ordinary citizens within the district have responded enthusiastically by contributing more than $50,000.00 towards my campaign. These are supporters who are simply tired with the arrogance in Washington, and want a Representative who’s willing to stand up and say, ‘Enough.’ We’ve reached a point where Congress is simply ignoring the will of the people, and that’s not acceptable. It’s time to return power to the people, and the states-where it constitutionally belongs. We’ve got to end this insane spending, reduce the size of the federal government and properly fund the troops who are keeping us safe from terrorism.”

A native of Aiken, South Carolina, Thurmond attended public school, graduated from Aiken High School and received a scholarship to Vanderbilt University. Upon graduation he worked in Washington, DC in order to spend more time with his aging father. Upon returning to South Carolina, Thurmond received his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Thurmond, 34, is a partner in the Thurmond Kirchner Timbes and Yelverton Law Firm. Thurmond and his wife Katie have two young sons.



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