From the Chair: County-level elections coming up!

Hello Democrats!

It is again approaching time for County-level Democratic Party Elections. We desperately need Party leaders who are willing to work because there is much work to be done.

We need to engage our young people and show them the way of a two party system so that we will not have a situation like what we had in 2016 in which too many stayed home. We have to help them to understand that sometimes we have to pick a side even if it is not the ideal path they would prefer. They must be educated to weigh the issues at hand and make a choice that will provide the best outcome.

In Greenwood, we as a community are faring pretty well but there is always room for improvement. We the people need to get back in the habit of paying attention to what is going on in our local, state, and federal governing agencies. We need more to attend the meetings, subscribe to the local newspaper, tune in to the local news channels, and be engaged in social media. Leaders have obviously taken advantage of our inattentiveness and enriched themselves at the taxpayers’ expense.

I have taken the advice of President Obama and gotten involved. I want to take this opportunity to announce that I will be running for a second term as Chair of the Greenwood County Democratic Party. I humbly request your support on March 3rd 2018 to continue the work we’ve begun to better the lives of Greenwood County Citizens: On the local level (where we live) as well as at State and Federal levels.

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Merry Christmas / Goodbye 2017

Hello Fellow Democrats!

Merry Christmas to all of you and your families. I hope Santa was good to you! He was great to me!

My Baby Girl gave me a book of memories of the Obama years chronicled by his personal photographer. It is called “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” by Pete Souza. I know you would come to love it as I have. She said it was sold out for now but maybe you can find it on line. It has lots of photos and great memories of a GREAT PRESIDENT!!! It brought back so many memories of when we had a REAL leader. I have never been so happy to see the coming end of a year as I am 2017!!!!!

With your help we will have a great 2018, so spend time with family and friends and I will see you on the other side. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Charles Lewis
– Chair, Greenwood County Democratic Party

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First time running: Mal Hyman

This is the first in a series of posts that will highlight our elected officials and candidates, focusing on what it takes to run for office. Hopefully, their stories will help inspire YOU to make a difference and help turn South Carolina Blue!

Mal Hyman is a Congressional Candidate in SC District 7, which includes Myrtle Beach. Below are some excerpts from a Q&A that he conducted on Reddit a few weeks back.

My name is Mal Hyman. I am a civil rights advocate, environmental activist, and a professor at Coker College. I am running to unseat hardline tea party Republican Tom Rice in South Carolina’s 7th District. I live in a historically red district, but I am an unabashed progressive. The only way we can beat the GOP is to offer people solutions that materially improve their lives, instead of empty platitudes.

Did you have a single tipping point that led to your decision to run?

As a professor of Sociology and political science, I have identified various issues plaguing our system. But four years ago, I figured I needed to be reaching a broader audience than in the classroom. The country and the world was in crisis and for me, the silence was a betrayal.

The Republican congressional stance on climate change is a crime against humanity. They are threatening the planet and our national security and the security of generations to come. That is why it is more important than ever for all of us to fight harder than ever.

Were you well-versed in the process of running for office – especially such a high profile one like US Congress?

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Legislator Spotlight: Your Name Here

There are 124 House Districts in South Carolina. Democrats control 46 of those, Republicans 78. We’ve got a lot of ground to make up.
For this week’s Legislator Spotlight, we’re turning the Spotlight on you. The members of our caucus are wonderful, diligent legislators. You might not hear from them every day, but they’re doing everything they can to make the state of South Carolina a better place. But, they need more Democratic colleagues. Our platform only matters if we can turn it into actions and legislation. We need your help to do it.

We saw on Tuesday in Alabama that Democrats can win in the South. We saw what a wave looks like in Virginia last month, too. Democrats are right on the issues that matter to the people of South Carolina and it’s time we field a slate of candidates that act like it.

That’s where you come in. We know you’re rabble-rousers and activists, always getting in good trouble. You’re the leaders in your communities and your churches. You’re the ones grinding every day to bring change. It’s also time you run for office. 

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Thoughts on the Alabama Senate election

Hello fellow Democrats and congratulations!

I know you were, as was I, very invested in the Alabama race between Roy Moore (R) and Doug Jones (D). This is another example that when all of America’s citizens participate in the voting system, WE CAN WIN!

Take note that of all political elections in our country, the only position elected via Electoral College is the President. All others elections are one person – one vote. YOUR VOTE DOES MATTER!!

Black residents of Alabama showed once again, just like in 2008 and 2012, that their candidates can win when we pull together. This is the reason the Republican Party is making such a concerted effort to suppress your vote. Just like the story of the Tower of Babel, they know what we are capable of when we work together as united Americans.

In 2018 – 2020 we will have to do it again. We will have to show the world that the Democratic Party is the party of the people, for the people.

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