May Breakfast Meeting notes, Fish & Dogs Fundraiser, Voter Registration Drive

In this Newsletter:

  • Fish & Dogs Fundraiser
  • Upcoming Events
  • Breakfast Meeting Notes
  • Youth Voter Registration Drive

Fish & Dogs Fundraiser

The annual Fish & Dogs Fundraiser (formerly “Dogs & Burgers”) is one of the two main events to help the GWCDP raise money to effectively pursue its goals for the year.

We need your help! Please contact the Fish & Dogs Committee Chair, Claude Wright, at or by phone  (864) 992-7087 if you would like to offer assistance in:

  • Food donations (chips, beans, drinks, hot dogs, etc)
  • Coolers & ice
  • Serving, cooking, clean-up
  • Offering and seeking donations for door prizes
  • Advertising, promotion, distributing flyers
  • Selling tickets!

All Precinct Leaders should pick up a batch of tickets to sell. If each could successfully sell only 5-10, we’d have the largest fundraiser ever! Please e-mail to purchase tickets or to receive some to sell.

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Letter from the GWCDP Chair

Greenwood County Democratic Party
Post Office Box 73
Greenwood, SC. 2964


Hello Friends,

We have been very busy during the past few months with the Precinct Reorganization, County Convention, Pratt Issues Conference, March for our Lives in Greenville and the Parents Expo at the YMCA in Greenwood. The Executive Council Members and I have been working on your behalf with the State Democratic Party to make sure our delegates to the State Convention had their credentials and information to vote on the convention proceedings.

I went to Columbia on Friday but had to leave due to notification that my property in Hodges was on fire. Since I could not stay, I notified the State Party that Mrs. Elaine Gentry would represent our delegation as chair. Thanks to all delegates that attended the convention on Saturday and voted on rules and resolutions for the SC Democratic Party Platform.

We have candidates running for election and reelection to local, state and congressional positions. Much thanks to Dr. Bob Phillips and the Search Committee for interviewing and vetting candidates for local positions on the School Board, Greenwood County Council, CPW Commissioners and State House Representatives. If anyone is interested in hosting a drop-in for the Democratic candidates let them know.

Twenty seven precincts in Greenwood County need captains. Let me or our Secretary Bill Kimler know of prospective precinct leaders. Another precinct Reorganization meeting will be held soon to connect with these voters. We need your help to turn South Carolina Blue. 

If your Precinct has organized make sure you are hosting activities to keep your Democratic neighbors informed of events and monthly meetings. Be creative and help spread the word to register more voters and stay informed on the issues and platforms of candidates. Precinct # 3 will be hosting a gathering at the Grace Street Park Fuji Pavilion, 112 Merrywood Road on Saturday April 28 at 1:30. I plan to attend along with Michael Gaskin, Candidate for South Carolina House District 13.

Volunteers are asked to contact Mr. Claude Wright, chair of the Dogs and Burgers Fundraiser Committee.

The next major fall event will be the Carnell Drummond Dinner. This is your party and you are the key to our success and victory in turning South Carolina BLUE. Keep up the GOOD work everyone!

Charles Lewis, Chair
Greenwood County Democratic Party

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Newsletter April 22 – State Convention & more!

If April showers bring May flowers…

What did the April State Convention Bring?

In this Newsletter:

  • Upcoming Calendar Events
  • SC Democratic Party State Convention
  • Parent’s Expo & Kids Day

Upcoming Calendar Events

Monday, April 23
Deadline to reserve a bus seat for the May 2 “Day in Blue” in Columbia.

The lunch is $5.00 per person and the bus trip (provided by Wright Travel) is $15.00 per person. Get your payment to Edith Childs, (864) 227-9511 or Cathie Swindell, (864) 992-2182 by this MONDAY.

Tuesday, April 24
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
The Mill House

Join Mary Geren and supporters in Greenwood at The Mill House on April 24th! Mary is running against Jeff Duncan to represent South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. As a mother and a teacher, Mary is running because we need a Representative who fights for all of the residents of her district, not special interests. Make sure to read our interview with Mary on our website!

Saturday, April 28
1 pm – 3 pm
Precinct 3: “Bring Your Own Picnic”
Grace St. Park, Fuji Pavillion

Bring your own food & socialize in a fun environment for the family. While geared towards bringing in voters from Voter Precinct 3 (Northside Middle School), all are welcome! Michael Gaskin, Democratic Candidate for SC House District 13, will also be there!
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SCDP Statement on Speaker Ryan Resignation

For Immediate Release
April 11th, 2018

Speaker Ryan just told the world that Republicans are going to lose the House in November and I couldn’t agree more.

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Democratic Party released the following statement in response to Speaker Paul Ryan’s abrupt resignation on Wednesday morning:

“The Speaker looked at his reelection prospects after selling out the American taxpayers to his campaign contributors and decided to opt for an abrupt retirement instead,” said South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson. “He knows the Democrats are going to win not only his district, but the majority in the House, and that his replacement is going to be a Democrat. The chief fundraiser for the Republicans just quit and every Republican in South Carolina from Mark Sanford to Tom Rice ought to be scared. He’s given our great candidates here at home plenty to run with a legacy that ties trillion dollar deficits with cuts to essential services that all Americans rely on. While Speaker Ryan is running back to Wisconsin with his tail between his legs, we’re looking forward to sending Congressman Clyburn back to Washington in November with a few more Democratic colleagues from South Carolina. Speaker Ryan just told the world that Republicans are going to lose the House in November and I couldn’t agree more.”

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Breakfast Meeting Notes, April 7

In case you missed it, here are some notes from the

April Breakfast Meeting

In this Newsletter:

  • Candidate Search Committee update
  • Michael Gaskin, candidate for State House Representative, District 13
  • Mary Geren, candidate for US Congress, SC District 3
  • Secretary Update
  • Meeting location & Youth Engagement update
  • Updates from the Chair
    (Precinct Reorg, State Convention & Blue Palmetto Dinner)
  • Open Discussion

Candidate Search Committee Update

The Greenwood County Democratic Party held another room-busting, action-packed breakfast meeting at Inn on the Square this past Saturday, April 7, at 9 am.

After an opening Prayer from Rev. James Thompson, Party Chair, Charles Lewis, quickly introduced the newly elected GWCDP Executive Committee.

Dr. Bob Phillips, chair of the Candidate Search Committee then reported the following:

  • Now that candidate filing is over the committee has shifted focus and has renamed itself the “Candidate Search & Support Committee”.
  • The purpose of this Committee is to support Michael Gaskin for SC House as well as any certified local Democratic candidate involved in a race in Greenwood County.
  • A big “kudos” was given to Mayor Terrence Culbreath on his successful re-election last week in Johnston, SC. Mayor Culbreath is a good friend of the GWCDP, having spoken at one of our breakfast meetings last year.
  • Rep. Anne Parks is seeking re-election for State House Rep, District 12
  • Introduced Ms. Edith Childs, who is seeking to continue her service on the Greenwood County Council. She also encouraged all to sign up for “Blue Day“.
  • Announced that Rev. Melissa Spencer is running for the Greenwood County Council position that Gonza Bryant will be vacating
  • Announced that the Honorable Travis Moore will be seeking re-election for the position of Probate Judge.
  • Introduced Michael G. Monaghan who is seeking another term on the Board of Commissioners for CPW. Mike shared the positive news that Greenwood hasn’t had a rate increase in 10 years and that we enjoy the lowest electric rates in South Carolina.
  • Introduced Claude Wright, Greenwood School District 50 Board Member

Edith Childs Michael Monaghan Claude Wright

Dr. Bob then introduced our two keynote speakers: Michael Gaskin and Mary Geren.

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