2017-06-19 / Local News

Candidate pushing progressive message

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If you liked Bernie Sanders, you’ll love David Kulma.

Who’s David Kulma, you ask?

He’s the Green Party candidate for the Fifth Congressional District seat left vacant when Mick Mulvaney resigned to become President Trump’s director of the Office for Management and Budget.

“I decided to run to get the progressive message out,” the 32-year-old music professor said in an interview Friday.

His platform has five main plans.

1. He wants a Medicaretype insurance for all with no co-pays and no deductibles.

2. His education plan has five ingredients: no vouchers for private schools; eliminate standardized testing; free college education for all; Include student loans in bankruptcy protection; and forgive all student loan debt.

3. Sustainable, affordable housing for all who earn under $20 per hour.

4. End prison slavery. “Prisons are designed to lock people up to make money for rich people,” he said.

5. Change election laws so that corporations are considered people and money is not considered free speech.

The Ohio born and educated candidate has lived in Rock Hill for about 3 and one-half years but his mother is from Columbia and his wife, Kirsten, is from Aiken.

Kulma has no illusions about his chances of winning the June 20 election, but says surprises can happen.

“You never know for sure,” he said. “I’ve campaigned throughout the district and been involved in several of the forums, so I think a lot of people have listened to my message.”

As for future political forays if he doesn’t win, he is undecided.

“I haven’t had time to even think about that, but I’ve learned about South Carolina and its people from this experience.”

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