June 5 – Breakfast meeting notes and more

The kids may now be on vacation but June is a

Busy month for Democrats!

In this Newsletter:

  • Fish & Dogs FUNdraiser
  • Upcoming events
  • Last Saturday’s Breakfast Meeting notes

Fish & Dogs fundraiser update

The big day is THIS SATURDAY! In addition to ticket purchases, we could use help with the following items still:

  • Large tents to shelter our cooks and other workers
  • Food items, especially baked beans trays, bottled water, can soda, small chips bags and desserts.
  • Volunteers to help with setup, cleanup, and other activities. The more the merrier!

Please contact Claude Wright (992.7087) or Karen Bright (992.1822) if you can offer assistance on any of these items.

Tickets will be available at the entrance, but any purchases in advance would be helpful in defraying the costs of the food purchases. Thank you!

Please help us promote this event! Share our Facebook Event on your page, retweet our Twitter post, like our Instagram post, or share this e-mail with your friends and family!

Upcoming Events

Sat, June 9
Fish & Dogs Fundraiser
(see above for details)
Tue, June 12
South Carolina Candidate Primaries.
If you’re a registered voter – then VOTE!

For Greenwood, the available Democratic candidates to choose from are:

  • Governor (click on the image to be taken to the candidate’s website)


  • US Congress, SC District 3


Tue, June 12
Laurens County Democrats Watch Party
7 pm – 9 pm
105 E. Laurens St., Laurens, SC 29360

We have been invited to join the LC Democrats for a Primaries Watch Party. In the spirit of joining with neighboring counties, all are encouraged to attend!

Wed, June 13
Michael Gaskin campaign kickoff & fundraiser. michaelgaskinscrep13.com

Breakfast Meeting Notes

We want to start off by thanking the management and staff at Montague’s Restaurant for accommodating our meeting at the last minute after a wedding displaced us from our usual gathering place.

This past Saturday’s Breakfast meeting featured Michael Gaskin who is running for SC State House Representative in Greenwood, District 13. Some of the highlights of his speech include:

“Gun safety is the common ground upon which both sides can have a constructive dialog.”

[regarding the legalization of medical cannabis as proposed in the Compassionate Care Act]
“Parents shouldn’t have to ask: ‘Am I going to be forced to break the law to help my suffering child?'”

“We want not just jobs but careers for our children.”

Please join us in supporting Michael in at his campaign kickoff on June 13 (see above).

Party Chair, Charles Lewis, stressed the importance of being aware of the voting records of our Washington representatives. The Index-Journal regularly publishes the recorded votes on recent bills and demonstrated how current representatives have voted against gun background checks, against reducing overcrowding in prisons, and against many of the important issues we hold dear.

After painting the picture of the importance of having the right representation at the federal level, Charles then introduced the next speaker.

Hosea Cleveland is seeking support in his bid for US Congress in South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District.

Mr. Cleveland shared his position on a variety of issues that underscore his platform of “Health, Wealth, and Security for all“.

Stressing the importance of participating in the voting process, he said, “There isn’t a kid of 18 who should be sitting at your table unless he or she is registered to vote. It’s THAT important!”

A Q&A session with attendees ensued that covered topics such as Education, Reproductive Rights, the Environment, Gun Control, Prison Reform and support for our Prison Officers. It was an engaging session and we thank Mr. Cleveland for his visit!

SC House District 12 (Greenwood) Representative, Anne Parks, took a few minutes to address the group, opening with, “I could sure use a seat mate” (referring to Michael Gaskin’s campaign). Anne is up for reelection in November, although she is running unopposed.

She shared with the attendees the sad state of affairs in Columbia. “It’s just short of utter chaos. We were supposed to have a budget by now, but we don’t have one. When we should have been discussing the budget, we were talking about ‘sanctuary cities’ – a problem we don’t even have!”

She observed how Governor McMaster was busy pushing distracting topics pulled from the Trump agenda. “My hope is that eventually we get to do what we’ve been sent to do.”

But that certainly will require OUR help to send hard-working, focused individuals to represent us and work with Ms. Parks in the State Capital.

To wrap up the Breakfast, Dr. Bob Phillips spoke for a bit on the progress of the Search & Support Committee. Claude Wright and Becky Jacob provided an update on the Fish & Dogs fundraiser, the details of which can be found above.

Finally, the Carnell-Drummond dinner will be upon us before we know it and we’re looking for someone to step up to be the Chair of that effort. Please contact Charles Lewis directly, or e-mail us at info@gwdcountydems.org if interested.

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