GREENWOOD, S.C. (WSPA) – When it comes to this year’s Presidential election, the two Democratic and Republican candidates have some voters feeling stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to deciding who to support. But there’s actually a third option.
An Upstate man is also running for president, literally. Peter Skewes is the American party candidate. He’s traveling from Clemson to Charleston on foot as part of his campaign.
“South Carolina has fought back a number of times in history and I think they could be the leaders again,” Skewes said.
With the hopes of winning the hearts of American voters, the Clemson professor and his wife Teresa, are putting every last drop of energy and sweat into their campaign.
“I told the American party, my wife and I can’t give you a million dollars but we can give you a million footsteps,” he explained.
Without the budget of the typical candidate, he had to get creative. They’re walking from Clemson to Charleston, 240 miles in 2 weeks.
They are walking a minimum of 16 miles a day, making 15 stops, which you can track on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. By Tuesday afternoon, they were in Greenwood on the 4th day of their journey.
“I think it sunk in when I started this walk, because all of a sudden, it became serious and a big commitment and occupying a lot of my time. It wasn’t a part time adventure anymore,” the candidate added.
Skewes teaches animal and veterinary sciences at Clemson University. He’s never had any experience as a politician.
“I am about ready to retire and thought I might get active and try something new and this is totally new for me,” he said.
It was last fall, as he watching the presidential race unfold, he decided there was no other option than to run.
“I was listening and thought, I just won’t be able to vote for any of these guys with a clear conscious,” Skewes said. “I think the American party and I both agree that these two parties have had about 150 years to hone their skills and provide the most efficient and effective government in the world and in fact that hasn’t happened.”
Months later, to his surprise, he was nominated by the newer American Party. They aim to hold elected officials to higher standards and ultimately give voters another option.
He says his wife and family are putting their full support behind him.
“I got giggles up front but now I think they get it, that I am serious. Now they are very supportive and interested and calling every day,” he continued.
As a lesser known candidate, Peter doesn’t expect to be in the White House next year. But he believes by giving a voice to voters unhappy with the election, anything is possible.
“You are voting to send a message to the other parties that they have let us down,” He said. “We don’t want people to not vote. That is the worst thing we can do. You lose your voice and when you lose your voice, someone else will speak on your behalf.”
Peter’s last stop of his walk campaign will be in Charleston on July 30th. His next meet and greet will be in Orangeburg at Chesnut Grill, 7p.m. Saturday, July 23rd.
To learn more about Peter and the American Party, click HERE.