Dakota War College notices that one Eric Terrell, possibly this registered Republican math teacher from Rapid City, has filed an FEC Statement of Candidacy to run for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat in 2018. I say “possibly” only because instead of listing his middle name as “Amos”, the Statement of Candidacy lists Eric Terrell’s middle name as “Brand New”… which is silly, because if you’re doing something as serious as running for political office, you should seriously use your legal name.
DWC notes that Terrell has rather unusually listed 714 S. Gay Street, Suite 201, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902 as his campaign address.
Note: the only inhabitancy requirement for members of Congress allowed by the Constitution is that a member inhabit the state he or she represents at the time of election.
Also note: Terrell’s Knoxville address isn’t really that unusual. Out of 1,016 Statements of Candidacy on file with the Federal Election Commission this morning, ten list that same Knoxville Gay Street address:
|FEC ID||Candidate||Party||State||District||Office City||Office State||Office ZIP||Receipt Date|
|H8NY15148||OCASIO-CORTEZ, ALEXANDRIA||DEM||New York||15||KNOXVILLE||TN||37902||05/10/2017|
|H8AL07089||RICE, RICHARD BRAND NEW||DEM||Alabama||7||KNOXVILLE||TN||37902||05/11/2017|
|H8WA09054||SMITH, SARAH BRAND NEW||DEM||Washington||9||KNOXVILLE||TN||37902||05/11/2017|
|H8SD01089||TERRELL, ERIC BRAND NEW||REP||South Dakota||0||KNOXVILLE||TN||37902||05/11/2017|
Brand New Congress, a progressive political movement founded by Bernie Sanders campaigners, lists four of these ten candidates on its candidates webpage. BNC lists three other candidates for whom the FEC appears not yet to have paperwork. BNC lists its main address as a P.O. Box in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Two others on this list adopt Terrell’s device of replacing his middle name with “Brand New” branding (which practice properly invites mockery and should not be permitted on the ballot).
Terrell’s association with this crowd is unusual in that he is one of only two Republicans in the crowd. The other Republican, Pastor Robb Ryerse from Arkansas, is running to bring the Republican Party back to what he sees as its more progressive past.
The only other filed candidates listing campaign addresses outside of their home states are eleven candidates listing Washington, DC (eight of them incumbents) and one Illinois man running for a Senate seat in Indiana under the Disability Party banner.
DWC has listed the Facebook connections between Eric Terrell of Rapid City and the Bernie-Sanders-flavored Brand New Congress movement. Somehow DWC missed this public Facebook post from Terrell to the South Dakota Pagans & Wiccans page:
A pagan who practices with a coven—well! That should liven up the debates about religious freedom with boring old Christian Republicans Dusty Johnson and Shantel Krebs!
For the record, per Article 6, Section 3, I impose no religious test on candidates for political office. But I have about as much time for a discussion of Wicca as I do for inmates praying to Odin, Thor, and other figments of human imagination.