March 20, 2017
Mental health advocate Paton Blough announced Saturday that he’s seeking to collect enough signatures to run as an independent in South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District in 2018.
If successful, Blough would be on the ballot against U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy.
“I know it’s really early to start a run for the 2018 election, but in order to be on the ballot as an independent, you have to have 10,000 signatures,” Blough said. “I’m a passionate independent who has essentially railed against the two-party system most of my adult life. I see major government reform coming from outside the two major parties.”