Ideas… not ideology

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Newsletter for Oct 20, 2020

In this Newsletter:

  • Message from the Chair
  • Candidate Updates
  • GWCDP News
  • Voting Rights
  • News & Noteworthy
  • Upcoming Events

Message from the Chair

This is a very full newsletter this time around. Please take your time and read carefully as there’s quite a bit of important information contained in this edition.

Being informed is what separates the good voter from the bad. 

When I listened to the speeches given by candidates on both sides at the Cokesbury Stump Speeches last week, it was striking to observe which candidates came to inform the voters and which came purely to rouse emotions with trigger phrases and falsehoods. At times, I was tempted to jump out of my seat and cry “You lie!” But unlike the Congressman in SC’s 2nd District, I know how to properly behave myself in public.

There are only 2 weeks left until Election Day. Yes, early voters have turned out in record-breaking numbers this year. But there are still so many we need to reach and persuade to partake in this process and inform who is running at the local level.Below are many opportunities for you to help. Please find one or more and jump in! You can also share our candidate’s advertisements and graphics from our Twitter or Facebook pages and help flood the social media with support for these good men and women.

Dum spiro spero
While I breathe, I hope

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Polling Locations Guide

Our updated Polling Locations Guide is now available!

Download this handy PDF that has all of the Nov 3 voting sites updated with the latest location changes, map images, and links to a Google Map of each polling place.

If you haven’t made your voting plan yet – make one now!

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Letters to the Editor (Oct 17)

Candidates focus on ideas, not on ideology alone

Bill Kimler, Greenwood

I have had the absolute honor of getting to personally know a few of our candidates who are running for office: Floyd Nicholson, Jose Villa, Anne Parks, Denise Waldrep and Matthew Miller.

I am overwhelmed in admiration for the civility, the intelligence and creative solution-finding they have shown these past few months. In a political environment that has only grown more poisonous these past four years, they have remained positive, focusing on their ideas and accomplishments, refusing to dive into the political muck that turns so many people off.

And that to me is the biggest differentiator: Ideas over ideology. Ideas will bring affordable and accessible health care to more people. Ideas will free our best minds and entrepreneurs to grow our economy and solve global problems. Ideas will bring about equal treatment and opportunity for all of us and not just for the privileged few. Ideas will enable our educators to teach and our students to learn.

Ideology will do none of that.

As you make your choice this November, please take the time to listen to the ideas proposed by the candidates and select those who will work on solutions that bring about the greatest benefit to the most people.

Writes to support Nicholson’s reelection

Bob Phillips, Donalds

Vigilance is the cost of freedom. We pay that cost by community service, with our votes and with our faith.

The best vigilance, it seems to me, is bipartisan. I am proud to count as my friends those who have voted differently from me — proud that we still talk. That is why sending Floyd Nicholson back to the state Senate helps ensure freedom. I have seen him arm-in-arm with Greenwood Republican activists. Furthermore, when Republican Sen. Billy O’Dell was serving, Sen. Nicholson and he shared an office.

Sen. Nicholson’s opponent distills his campaign as follows: “pro-God, pro-jobs, pro-life, pro-Trump.” Curiously, Sen. Nicholson agrees on the first three. His deep faith shows in everything he does. His work on the Senate Finance Committee brings jobs to District 10. (Last week, an Ag-Pro employee told me that Sen. Nicholson had worked wonders for Upstate farmers.)

Anyone who attended Greenwood’s Inter-Faith Rally — put on by local churches — will remember how Sen. Nicholson called on Abbeville and Greenwood communities to rally to prevent the loss of life among young men because of gun violence. He is pro-life, not merely pro-birth.

I put my faith in — have placed my vote for — Sen. Nicholson. He has heard and felt bullets fly past, thus experiencing and surviving gun violence. He has coached and counseled hundreds of young people, and he has helped revitalize downtown Greenwood.

A phrase by Pam Stone exemplifies Sen. Floyd Nicholson’s many endeavors: he demonstrates “the tenacity of dignity, courage and faith.”

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Newsletter for Oct 09, 2020

In this Newsletter:

  • Message from the Chair
  • Candidate Updates
  • GWCDP News
  • Voting Rights
  • Upcoming Events

Message from the Chair

Many of us are feeling the anxiety of the past 4 years piling up as we head into these last few weeks. It’s perfectly understandable. This chaotic Administration has gone into overdrive with a sense of desperation and we feel its effects even way down here in Greenwood, SC. 

Besides casting your vote there are a number of great ways to release that stressful energy and be left with a sense of accomplishment:

  • You can walk with me to distribute Voter Guides in neighborhoods that have historically low voter turnout.
  • You can help make calls to Democratic voters who skipped the 2018 election and encourage them to vote this year!
  • You can safely canvass for Senator Floyd Nicholson or candidate Denise Waldrep this weekend.
  • You can assist in helping our incapacitated voters to get their ballots into the Elections Office.
  • Finally, you can be a “poll watcher” to help ensure that the processes are followed correctly and report any incidents which impede a fair election process.

If any of these opportunities to be an active citizen interest you, then read below! It takes all of us to be “All In for SC” to make a change for the better!

Candidate News

The Vice Presidential debate on Wednesday showed the nation that Kamala Harris is more than qualified to be our Vice President. Take a look at the polling numbers comparing 2016 to 2020 by the same source (CNN):

2016 VP debate winner:

Pence 48%
Kaine 42%

2020 VP debate winner:
Harris 59%
Pence 38%

We all know polls don’t win elections. Votes do. But this certainly does bode well for the strength of our Democratic ticket!

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