Newsletter for Nov 4, 2020

Message from the Chair

Good morning.

If you are like me, you are tired, discouraged, and extremely worried. Those feelings are perfectly understandable.

Across South Carolina, voters appeared to have retreated towards extreme conservatism. Locally, we lost a truly good man who has represented Greenwood faithfully in the Senate and in other positions for many years. To Floyd Nicholson –  we are proud that you remained true to your good character during this campaign and we are deeply grateful for your service and example.

A pair of newcomers, Denise Waldrep and Jose Villa, ran campaigns that were just about as good, if not better, than what has been done before. Unfortunately, this part of the state is still entrenched in ideology that just wasn’t able to be moved in the past few months.

Congratulations to Anne Parks for retaining her position as House Representative for Greenwood and McCormick! We will ask you to keep the flame burning for us in Columbia!

Matthew Miller, while winning more votes than any other candidate in Greenwood Ward 5, was not quite able to cross the finish line with the necessary 50%. This seat will require a runoff with details to be determined. Please reach out to Matthew directly if you still have some fight in you to help him win reelection.

Hosea Cleveland ran a campaign that was several levels above what he has done in the past, but it wasn’t enough to dethrone a Congressman who has called for term limits for everyone but himself.

We’re all profoundly shocked and disappointed in the outcome of Jaime Harrison’s election campaign. It certainly wasn’t his loss; it was a loss for our state and for our nation. His message of hope and positivity is exactly what our nation needed, but unfortunately his time was not today.

At the Presidential level, we looked for a definitive message yesterday: An unequivocal repudiation of the corruption and incompetence that has taken over the People’s White House. We live in a world of instant gratification and we did not get that last night. However, know this: From what I’m seeing in the daily feeds this morning, things are trending very positively for Joe Biden. As the vote tallies continue to come in, the numbers are increasingly going in our favor. Hope is still on the menu! Let us pray that the legal process of allowing every vote to be counted continues.

One thing is clear: If we are going to make positive change for South Carolina and pull our state from the bottom of all the rankings year after year, we are going to have to do something different. We need to find a way to change the hearts and minds of our neighbors so that when we do have great candidates to field, they will have a chance to do battle based on record, qualifications, and ideas rather than running into the constant wall of blanket ideology.

This type of change will take time and most importantly, dedication. The biggest steps our country have taken in history did not come from overnight victories, but rather through decades of toil, hardship, and frequent disappointment. Feel free to let your emotions run their course, but at the end of the day, I ask you to not lose the desire to fight for what we know is right.

Defeat is never found wherever the struggle continues.

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Newsletter for Nov 02, 2020

In this Newsletter:

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

Message from the Chair

It feels like this Election Cycle has been going on forever and at the same time it went by so fast! We began working towards this very day on Nov 9, 2016 with a goal of putting our country back in the right direction of decency, honesty, and forward progress. I stand proud at the amount of work that we’ve done to support our candidates and we’re already thinking about how we can do it even better for the 2022 election.

I will be watching tomorrow (and for several days after I’m sure) with confidence and hope for our future. Any of our local races could be decided by just a handful of votes – so you have until 7 pm tomorrow to arrive at a polling location to place your vote and to convince someone to go with you!

We’ll talk again on the other side. Best of luck to all of our candidates and prayers for all of our nation!

Voting Rights

Make sure you are aware of the following SEVEN polling location changes in Greenwood County for Nov 3, 2020.

You can download a full list of all 50 polling locations with maps from our website.

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Follow the Money!

by George Swindell, Treasurer for the GWCDP

Super PAC money has now trickled down to the SC Senate Race between Senator Nicholson and Billy Garrett. The American Freedom and Opportunity PAC are funding the very negative direct mail material that many of us are receiving. Google searches reveal this PAC to be a reboot of the SC Republican Caucus which ran into trouble with the SC Supreme Court over political contributions. They are targeting Democratic incumbents across the State with money raised nationally, from mega donors. In their latest financial disclosure they show a series of seven cash infusions, totaling $771,000 from a single source, The Senate Victory Fund out of Alexandria, VA.

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Voting Machine Instructions 2020

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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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