Letter from the Chair: A Candidate Forum at Cokesbury College

Cokesbury College, the first Methodist college founded in the US, was first located in Abingdon, Maryland and then Baltimore, Maryland from 1787-1796. The college is now located at 210 College Dr., Hodges, SC 29653

Hello GCDP,

The historic site of Cokesbury College is now managed by state legislative nominations and a gubernatorial appointment of commissioners. They manage the operations of the College for weddings, anniversaries, Christmas parties, etc. The College is booked predominantly year round and is open during the summer months for tours, which are conducted by a commissioner each Sunday from 2-5 PM.

This historic backdrop will play host to the first Democratic and Republican Candidate Forum. All candidates running for election on November 6th, 2018, or any elected officials wishing to come have a word or just mingle are invited to come join us. Candidates will have ten minutes to introduce or reintroduce themselves and share his/her platform.

The date and time for this event is scheduled for:

September 13, 2018

5:30 – 7:30 PM

This will be a great opportunity for candidates from both sides to be heard, so I am inviting all Democrats from Greenwood and the surrounding areas. Dress comfortably, as this event is slated for outdoors. Bring your own seating if you like. Come on out and mingle with friends and the candidates! Hot dogs and burgers will be available for purchase.

With Deepest Regard,

Charles Lewis

Chair Greenwood County Democratic Party

Commissioner Historic Cokesbury College



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Evvie Harmon: Women’s March co-founder & James Smith campaign staffer

At the GWCDP Breakfast Meeting on Saturday, Aug 4, the main guest speaker was Evvie Harmon, a lifelong resident of South Carolina with an impressive resume of activism in a traditionally conservative state.

Evvie was one of the original co-founders of the national Women’s March in 2017. How did a young woman from Greenville, SC end up getting involved in one of the largest organized global movements in history?

I acted,” she answered. “Instead of just saying ‘Oh, that’s cool,’ say ‘What can I do?'”

She started by created a Facebook page for the South Carolina Women’s March event, which turned out to be the first such page in the nation. Soon, she found herself tapped to be the Global Coordinator for Sister Marches around the world.

Read “Meet the Women Who Are Making the Women’s March on Washington Happen“.

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South Carolina Voter Registration Information

How to Register

Online Voter Registration (click here)

Register in person at your county board of voter registration , or

Download a voter registration form, complete it, and return it to your county board of voter registration by mail, fax, or email.


  • Registration by Mail:  Any voter registration by mail application that is postmarked Tuesday, October 9 or earlier will be accepted.
  • Online Voter Registration: Any online voter registration application submitted by Sunday, October 7 will be accepted (application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., October 7).
  • Applications submitted by fax or email:  Any faxed or emailed application received by county voter registration offices by Sunday, October 7 will be accepted (application must be received by 11:59 p.m., October 7).
  • In-person applications at county voter registration offices:  Voters must register in person no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 5, unless county board holds weekend hours (check locally).

County Boards of Voter Registration Contact Information

Download a Voter Registration Application 

Who Can Register?

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James Smith for Governor Postcard Party

Evvie Harmon, our guest speaker at Saturday’s Breakfast meeting, shared with us her efforts to get over 90,000 postcards out to Democratic leaning voters across the state who haven’t voted in the past few years. This type of grass roots campaign is a critical part of electing James Smith as Governor of SC.

The Greenwood County Democratic Party is rising to the challenge to be one of the leading counties in the state to help in this endeavor. A group of Precinct Leaders gathered at the library this evening to hold a “postcard party”, knocking out almost 100 cards alone.

Here’s how you can participate.
1. Sign up as a volunteer using this online form. You can choose to host a party, join someone else’s party nearby or just go solo. Evvie will directly respond to you within a few days with instructions and possibly even a list of name and addresses, depending on what you sign up for.

2. Gather materials.

  • Postcard stamps can be acquired from the post office for 35 cents each. You can also purchase postcards with the postage pre-stamped
  • Postcards can be standard index cards. You can also by sheets of perforated postcards at Amazon (or Office Depot in Greenwood) for $10 for a package of 200 postcards.
  • Pens, highlighters, markers, crayons, stickers and anything else to make a postcard stand out.

3. Write those postcards! In addition to the addresses, Evvie will provide you the message to write on the back of the card. If you purchase the perforated sheets, you can even print out the message. But a personal touch is needed – so we at least recommend handwriting the addresses and a “Dear XXX” on the back.


If you have any questions, e-mail us at info@gwdcountydems.org and we’ll get back to you. We will also be having similar postcard endeavors for other candidates as well, so let’s get writing!

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June 28 – Post-Primaries Newsletter

The Primaries are behind us.

Vision, Clarity, and Conviction for November!

In this Newsletter:

  • The Democratic Nominees on the Greenwood Ballot in November
  • Upcoming Events
  • Fish & Dogs fundraiser – a big Thank You!
  • Michael Gaskin Campaign Kickoff
  • In Memoriam

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The Democratic Nominees on the Greenwood Ballot in November

The Primaries are behind us. Congratulations to Mary Geren and James Smith on their victories! We also thank Hosea Cleveland, Phil Noble, and Marguerite Willis for their campaigns and the time they spent with us in Greenwood.

We now have names of those who are running to represent us at the County, State, and National levels. We will strive to learn about our Candidates, engage them in discussions that are important to you and your community, and support them in spreading the word, helping out financially or engaging in grass-roots efforts.

Over the next few months, we at the GWCDP will do our best to help you learn who the people are behind the names on the Ballot. We will look to bring those candidates here to Greenwood to give you a chance to meet and talk with them in person.

Here are the slate of Democratic Candidates that will appear on our ballots in November:

  • Edith S Childs – County Council, District 01
  • Melissa Spencer – County Council District, 03
  • Anne Parks – State House of Representatives, District 12
  • Michael Gaskin – State House of Representatives, District 13
  • Travis W Moore – Probate Judge
  • Melvin T Whittenburg – Secretary of State
  • Constance Anastopoulo – Attorney General
  • Israel Romero – State Superintendent of Education
  • Rosalyn L Glenn – State Treasurer
  • James Smith – Governor
  • Mary Geren – U.S. House of Representatives, District 03

We will be featuring these individuals in future newsletters as well as on Social Media. You can start to learn about these Candidate now by visiting our Turn SC Blue! page.

Finally, THANK YOU to the members of our Party who gave their time to be Poll Workers for the Primaries as well as having the fortitude to come back a second time for the Republican runoffs (because of course, they couldn’t get it right the first time 😉).

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