Former S.C. education superintendent Rex coming to Winthrop

adouglas@heraldonline.comNovember 8, 2013 

Jim Rex

Jim Rex, former S.C. Superintendent of Education and president of Columbia College, will speak at Winthrop University Monday about a new political third party in the Palmetto State.

Rex is co-founder of the “American Party” — a political group trying to get 10,000 signatures of registered voters in order to be certified by the state.

A Democrat, Rex started the American Party with Oscar Lovelace, who ran for governor of S.C. as a Republican in 2006.

Rex ran for governor in 2010 but lost in the Democratic primary.

They bill their bi-partisan approach as one that will implement term limits and stop the growth of the a “political class and career politicians,” according to the party’s website.

Among other goals, the American Party seeks to “create a strong, choice-driven public school system” and “provide strong, unequivocal support for the Second Amendment,” its website states.

Rex, who once served as Winthrop’s dean of the college of education, will be at the university at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Owens Building, room G-01. The free event is open to the public.

Rex’s appearance is organized by the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, the department of political science and the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy.

Winthrop is holding the event in conjunction with a student government-sponsored voter education fair on campus.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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