GWCDP Newsletter Feb 28, 2021

In this Newsletter:

  • Message from the Chair
  • GWCDP News
  • Our Community
  • Running for Office
  • News & Noteworthy
  • Upcoming Events

When I first decided to run for Chair of the GWCDP, I took some considerable time to reflect on my motives for pursuing it and what my vision would be for the Party should I win.

I sketched out the visual logo to the right to help me focus on the four main ways in which we achieve our ultimate goal:

Make our city, county, state, and country a better place by electing Democratic candidates that share our core values of governance. 

One day, I will take the opportunity to detail out the plan I drew up in those early days, but it goes without saying that the Coronavirus lockdown threw a major wrench into them!

One of the areas I’m very proud to say we’ve beaten all expectations falls under the PARTICIPATION heading: Being more visible in the community, serving our neighbors in various capacities, and living the motto “Democrats Care!”.

With our new Community Care Movement under the leadership of Wanda Moore, we’ve been absolutely knocking it out of the park – and we’re getting noticed for it! Below, you will find a number of different examples in the past few months where we’ve been out in the community making a difference.

You can help this movement continue and grow in two ways: Volunteer and Donate! We need people to help adopt a highway and keep it clean, spend time with local children, and visit our elderly citizens. We utilize a portion of your generous donations to deliver pizzas to COVID healthcare workers and to help equip our city youth football league.

Please help us continue to be a force of positive change in Greenwood County, SC year-round and not just during election cycles!


At our last Breakfast Meeting, Dr. Matthew Logan spent time with us to discuss how the COVID pandemic affected Greenwood County and how the vaccination rollout is making a difference.

As a small token of thanks to Dr. Matthew Logan and the countless healthcare workers that have fought so hard to keep Greenwood County safe and healthy during the COVID pandemic, we delivered over a dozen hot pizzas on a cold rainy day to two vaccination centers. We can never thank you enough for what you’ve endured on our behalf!

We have another blockbuster Virtual Breakfast Meeting in store for you this upcoming Saturday. Click the image below to see a larger version of the poster and then register via Mobilize! You will get connection information as well as e-mail reminders as the date draws near.

The Young Democrats of Greenwood is looking for those interested in politics who under age of 40 to join and grow this newest chapter of the Young Democrats of South Carolina.

You can learn more by contacting the YDG Chair, Jitwan Floyd, by e-mail or by phone (864) 554-0888. Or, you can follow them on several social media platforms:

Also, tune in to our next Virtual Breakfast Meeting to hear Jitwan give an update on the YDG!

Finally, we welcome Ahmad Hart as the Alternate Committeeman to the GWCDP Executive Council. As President of the Greenwood Garveyites, Ahmad is known for his activism in the community and partnered with us last year on several voter registration drives. He and the Greenwood Garveyites organized the “Black Market Commerce Event” at Magnolia Park last summer.

Ahmad brings great energy and perspective to the Greenwood Democrats. You’ll get a chance to hear from him directly at the upcoming Virtual Breakfast Meeting! 

Our Community

Councilwoman Edith Childs sent us a lovely Thank-You note for our efforts in January to contribute nearly 800 lbs of donated food to the County vs City food drive. We were honored to participate and look forward to partnering with the County and City Councils again in the future.

You can click on the image to the right to see a larger version of this note.

On Saturday, Feb 20, the GWCDP Community Care Movement in partnership with Cheryl Morton of “Finding Me” Women’s Ministry presented a Heart Health seminar given by Dr. Paul Kim of Advanced Cardiology Associates. 

Dr. Kim spoke for about 20 minutes on how to ensure the health of your heart as well as some warning signs when you should seek medical advice. We also heard testimonials from some who survived major heart events as well as a productive question and answer session with the attendees. Thank you to all who joined and participated!

Running for Office

School Board Elections
There still a small window of opportunity for you to throw your hat into the ring for the chance to be a School Board Trustee in School District 51 (Ware Shoals) or School District 52 (Ninety Six).

Visit Greenwood County Voters Registration Office to pick up filing forms. Candidate filing ends by THIS TUESDAYMar 2 at noon.
 600 Monument Street, Suite 113
Greenwood, South Carolina 29646
Serving as a School Trustee is a great way to give back to the community and help shape the direction of our children’s education!

The Index-Journal provided a recent update about those who have filed so far. You can learn more about each of the School Boards by following the links below:

WANTED: Top tier candidates to run for office at every level across South Carolina

The Chair of the SCDP, Trav Robertson, sent us the following message recently:


As we double down on our commitment to turn South Carolina Blue, we need your help identifying top-tier candidates from across the state to run for office at every level from municipal roles like city and county council up to the Governor’s Mansion.

To begin this process, we’ve created a candidate recruitment form we hope you will share with your friends, family, neighbors, church congregations, fraternity and/or sorority members, and beyond.

Have you ever considered running for office? Do you know individuals in your community who would make outstanding candidates?   Take a minute and provide names by completing our candidate recruitment form.

Additionally, SCDP has posted a candidate tool kit filled with campaign resources anyone considering running for office can use to start the planning process.

Lastly, SCDP will be announcing the next round of trainings in our 2021 series. We hope you will sign up for one or all of these sessions as we work to equip our most passionate supporters with the necessary skills and resources to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. In the interim, we encourage you to visit the National Democratic Training Committee website and participate in any of their upcoming trainings.

Our friends in Georgia have shown us that flipping a State from red to blue is possible, but it will take all of us working together to elect more Democrats.

Yours in Service

News & Noteworthy

Did you see the headline article about Floyd and Mamie Nicholson in the Index Journal last week? We know them both for their years of service to Greenwood and for how they absolutely light up a room whenever they enter one. They each have a very rich history that you will find rewarding to read, which you can do by clicking on the image below.

Letters to the Editor
Speaking if the Index-Journal, they have recently announced a change in their policy regarding Letters to the Editor. 

For years the newspaper’s editorial policy… has been that local authors of letters and/or guest columns cannot submit pieces for consideration more frequently than 30 days apart.

We will continue to express our views, but we are also modifying our policy on how frequently readers can express theirs by shortening the timeframe between letter submission to no more frequently than every two weeks

We encourage you to allow your voices to be heard and take advantage of this opportunity to do so!

Upcoming Events

Greenwood City Council
Legislative Special Called Mtg
Mon, Mar 1
5:30 pm
Municipal Building
520 Monument St., Room 2012
Watch on FB Live

Deadline to File for School Board Trustee
Tue, Mar 2
12:00 pm
(see above for details)

GWD County Council
Tue, Mar 2
5:30 pm
Greenwood Public Library
Watch on YouTube
Review the Agenda

GWCDP Virtual Breakfast Meeting
Sat, Mar 6
9 am – 10:30 am
Register via Mobilize

Electoral Initiative: What is needed to keep a democracy healthy?
Mon, Mar 8
5:30 pm – 7 pm

Race and Identity Dialogue
Letters on Blackness: Exploring African American Literature
Tue, Mar 9
5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Greenwood City Council
Mon, Mar 15
5:30 pm
Municipal Building
520 Monument St., Room 2012
Watch on FB Live

GWD County Council
Tue, Mar 16
5:30 pm
Greenwood Public Library
Watch on YouTube
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