Jill Bossi, vice president of the American Red Cross and a resident of Tega Cay, announced Monday her plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Tim Scott. It is her first run for public office.
Scott was appointed by Republican Gov. Nikki Haley in December 2012 to succeed U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, the Republican who stepped down to lead the conservative Heritage Foundation. State law mandates an election this year to fill the seat for the rest of DeMint’s six-year term, which ends in January 2017.
Scott has filed to run for the seat this year, as has Democrat Joyce Dickerson, a member of the Richland County Council.
Bossi, who is running as a candidate of the newly formed American Party, said she wants to bring an end to “political extremism and gridlock in Washington.”
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“The politicians in Washington haven’t passed a budget for our country in over six years, and they haven’t provided a balanced budget since 2001,” she said in a statement announcing her candidacy. “This is not the way to run a business or a family, let alone a country. Something has to change.”
Her campaign platform will focus on balancing the budget, passing congressional term limits, and furthering the nation’s global competitiveness, according to her statement.
Bossi also said she would work to put more Americans back to work, pass comprehensive tax reform by simplifying the tax code, and make health care more affordable without “invasive government regulations.”
Bossi has worked for the American Red Cross since 2009, most recently as vice president and chief procurement officer.
Before her work at the American Red Cross, Bossi held executive positions with Bank of America, Experian North America, and Verizon Wireless. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management. She and her husband of 16 years, Richard, have four children and four grandchildren.