The Buzz

March 24, 2014

American Party candidate announces for U.S. Senate

The Buzz

A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

A Tega Cay executive with corporate banking and nonprofit experience has announced her plans to run for the U.S. Senate on the American Party ticket.

Jill Bossi, 54, announced her campaign for the seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott in an email Monday.

"Enough is enough, it's time to put an end to the political extremism and gridlock in Washington," Bossi said. "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. This is not the way to run a business or a family...let alone a country. Something has to change," she said.

Bossi has been the vice president and chief procurement officer for the American Red Cross since 2009, she said. Before that, she worked for Bank of America as the senior vice president and sourcing executive for global commercial banking and wealth management. She also has held executive and senior management posts with Experian North America, Verizon, Packard Bell, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lorimar Studios and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

A political newcomer, Bossi told The Buzz that she read about the American Party's formation in South Carolina and was inspired by its platform promoting term limits, governing from the center, "stopping the growth of the political class," holding candidates accountable and promoting global economic competitiveness.

Bossi, who plans to file for the seat Friday, also said she felt she could compete at a local, state and national level -- something she said the fledgling American Party needs if voters are going to take it seriously.

The American Party is a new third party certified with S.C. election officials in January. The party was founded by Jim Rex, former Democratic S.C. Superintendent of Education, and Oscar Lovelace, a physician who once ran for governor as a Republican.

The party will nominate candidates at a convention in early May, spokesman Scott Malyerck said.

Bossi said she chose to run for Scott's seat in part because he was appointed to the Senate seat, has never run for statewide office, and has attracted few challengers.

Bossi said before the American Party, she identified as a Democrat, but sees herself as "middle of the road." She said she is fiscally conservative, but takes "more open approaches to some of the social issues that we face." Bossi moved to Tega Cay about ten years ago when she came to work for Bank of America. She lives there with her husband Richard Bossi. She has four children and four grandchildren.

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