David Lobb, a former vice president of the Aiken County Republican Party, has announced his intention to run as a write-in candidate for the S.C. House District 86 seat against incumbent Bill Taylor.

Taylor, a Republican who was first elected two years ago, is seeking a second term. Lobb is running as an independent.

Lobb said Monday that many people asked him to run as a write-in candidate, lamenting that they had no choice in the election. At first, he said no; he was not interested in running for the seat as a protest vote. Then, he evaluated his chances of winning the election and believes he has a good shot at taking the seat in the November general election.

“I am not beholden to Democrats or Republicans. I will represent all of the people, not just part of the electorate,” he said. “The most important thing we need is sound judgment.”

Taylor was first elected in 2010 after beating incumbent Jim Stewart in the primary. Taylor faced no Democratic opponent in the general election, but local resident Jerry Guerin challenged him as a write-in candidate. Guerin received 82 votes to Taylor’s 9,007 votes.

“I welcome anybody that wants to run for public office,” Taylor said. “Voters indeed deserve a choice. It is unfortunate that Mr. Lobb circumvented the political process and didn’t choose to file for office in the spring so that voters could properly vet him over a period of many months.”

Taylor does not believe Lobb has enough time to be a “serious candidate” for House District 86 with only 42 days left until the Nov. 6 general election.

Lobb trusts he is well-known enough in both the Republican and Democratic communities that there is name recognition.

Lobb is a 37-year veteran of the U.S. military, having retired from the Army in 2005 as a colonel serving as the senior scientific and technical intelligence officer in Europe for the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has served as the president of the Aiken County Military Officers Association and is currently serving on the S.C. Veterans Advisory Council.

Taylor is a former television reporter, anchorman and news director. For more than 30 years, he has been an entrepreneur and media consultant/critic. He also served as a consultant to the George H.W. Bush White House from 1991 to 1992. He serves as vice chairman of the Aiken County Chapter of the American Red Cross and is a member of Millbrook Baptist Church. He serves in the Aiken County Shrine Club and is also a member of the Aiken Rotary Club.