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Hollings Bids For Fifth Term, Wyoming Banker Seeks Mother’s Office

April 28, 1986

Undated (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Ernest Hollings, citing his 20 years in Washington, stood on the steps of the U.S. Customs House in his hometown of Charleston, S.C., and announced Monday that he will seek a fifth term.

″The three major issues facing this country are the challenge of a credible defense that’s affordable, the challenge of fiscal restraint and the challenge of developing a competitive trade policy,″ the 64-year-old Democrat told reporters and about 60 supporters gathered at the historic building.

In Cheyenne, Wyo., on Monday, K.C. Thomson, a 33-year-old Republican and son of Wyoming Secretary of State Thyra Thomson, announced he would seek the office his mother is leaving after five terms.

Hollings cited his work on the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction bill and his efforts to hold defense spending at 5 percent real growth. He also said a textile bill he co-sponsored was the only trade legislation to pass the current Congress.

Hollings, who has no Democratic primary opposition, in November will face the winner of the Republican Party’s June primary, either former U.S. Attorney Henry McMaster or physician Henry Jordan.

Hollings, elected to fill the unexpired term of Sen. Olin D. Johnston after Johnston’s death in 1966, was re-elected in 1968, 1974 and 1980.

K.C. Thomson’s announcement came three months after his mother said she would not seek re-election to the office she has held since 1962.

Mrs. Thomson was absent from his news conference. ″Mother’s heard this speech before,″ the Sheridan banker explained. ″I’m running for office, she isn’t. She’s doing her job as secretary of state.″

Thomson also is the son of the late U.S. Rep. Keith Thomson, who served three terms in the House and was elected to the U.S. Senate but died before being sworn into office in 1960.

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