Morgan Bruce Reeves said he could write a book about the obstacles faced by third-party candidates running for governor in South Carolina.
In fact, he said he is writing such a book.
The Columbia candidate will appear twice on the ballot -- as a candidate for both the Green Party and United Citizens Party.
He lags well behind in the polls, in media attention and in fundraising, but not in enthusiasm when given a chance to talk about the ideas he has for the state.
He advocates establishing high-speed rail between the state's major cities, building ethanol plants to convert sweet potatoes into fuel, luring hydrogen car manufacturers and establishing year-round schools not only for children but adults, too.
"I'm the biggest thinker," he said. "I'm a great thinker, and South Carolina needs to know that."
The businessman and former Michigan State running back ran and lost for a Lexington-Richland Board of Education District 5 seat two years ago but is setting his sights much higher in the Nov. 2 general election.
He's also hedging his bets, running again in a five-way race for two of that board's seats while pursuing his gubernatorial bid.
Reeves acknowledged the governor's race has been frustrating at times.
He expressed anger that both the S.C. Chamber of Commerce and the S.C. Education Association endorsed Democrat Vincent Sheheen without talking to Reeves, and he's also upset that he's been shut out of the three gubernatorial debates to be held this month.
Reeves said he would open up the ports in Georgetown and Beaufort to cruise ships "and run my fast train rail system to haul people into Charleston from Beaufort and Georgetown."
Unlike the other candidates, he is open to the idea of increasing taxes.
"Boeing will have to pay taxes," he said. "You know we paid a lot of money for some of these companies to come to South Carolina. They didn't just come on their own."
Reeves said the benefits of year-round school might cost residents $100 more per year "but they're going to get a deduction on their property taxes. They 're going to get a deduction on their food taxes."
"We're going to open up all these high schools," he said. "There are not going to be enough schools to hold us. Five million people have to go back to school in South Carolina. Everybody. By going back to school, we'll break out of this good old boy system."
He said his education plan ultimately would cause the state's tax base to increase. "My year-round school program will make the rich richer and the poor richer also," he said.
Reeves runs an earth-moving business but also has a divinity degree and has served as a pastor in six different churches.
Some of his ideas, such as how South Carolina residents could join in a public-private partnership in the state's light-rail program, can sound complex.
"Rather than standing in the bus line down there, they can own it," Reeves said of that partnership.
"They can be part owners for just $25. The money is going to turn completely to the bottom.
"The whole wheel, that money is going to continue to go through our society. It is an expert program, much better than Democrats and Republicans feathering their own nests and manipulating everything that goes on in this state."
Reeves also said South Carolina must do more to integrate its school boards, county councils and university boards, adding to their ranks through appointments, if necessary, to achieve diversity.
"Why does South Carolina State want an all black board? I would be the first one to fight them," he said.