Newsletter April 22 – State Convention & more!

If April showers bring May flowers…

What did the April State Convention Bring?

In this Newsletter:

  • Upcoming Calendar Events
  • SC Democratic Party State Convention
  • Parent’s Expo & Kids Day

Upcoming Calendar Events

Monday, April 23
Deadline to reserve a bus seat for the May 2 “Day in Blue” in Columbia.

The lunch is $5.00 per person and the bus trip (provided by Wright Travel) is $15.00 per person. Get your payment to Edith Childs, (864) 227-9511 or Cathie Swindell, (864) 992-2182 by this MONDAY.

Tuesday, April 24
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
The Mill House

Join Mary Geren and supporters in Greenwood at The Mill House on April 24th! Mary is running against Jeff Duncan to represent South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. As a mother and a teacher, Mary is running because we need a Representative who fights for all of the residents of her district, not special interests. Make sure to read our interview with Mary on our website!

Saturday, April 28
1 pm – 3 pm
Precinct 3: “Bring Your Own Picnic”
Grace St. Park, Fuji Pavillion

Bring your own food & socialize in a fun environment for the family. While geared towards bringing in voters from Voter Precinct 3 (Northside Middle School), all are welcome! Michael Gaskin, Democratic Candidate for SC House District 13, will also be there!
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SCDP Statement on Speaker Ryan Resignation

For Immediate Release
April 11th, 2018

Speaker Ryan just told the world that Republicans are going to lose the House in November and I couldn’t agree more.

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Democratic Party released the following statement in response to Speaker Paul Ryan’s abrupt resignation on Wednesday morning:

“The Speaker looked at his reelection prospects after selling out the American taxpayers to his campaign contributors and decided to opt for an abrupt retirement instead,” said South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson. “He knows the Democrats are going to win not only his district, but the majority in the House, and that his replacement is going to be a Democrat. The chief fundraiser for the Republicans just quit and every Republican in South Carolina from Mark Sanford to Tom Rice ought to be scared. He’s given our great candidates here at home plenty to run with a legacy that ties trillion dollar deficits with cuts to essential services that all Americans rely on. While Speaker Ryan is running back to Wisconsin with his tail between his legs, we’re looking forward to sending Congressman Clyburn back to Washington in November with a few more Democratic colleagues from South Carolina. Speaker Ryan just told the world that Republicans are going to lose the House in November and I couldn’t agree more.”

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Breakfast Meeting Notes, April 7

In case you missed it, here are some notes from the

April Breakfast Meeting

In this Newsletter:

  • Candidate Search Committee update
  • Michael Gaskin, candidate for State House Representative, District 13
  • Mary Geren, candidate for US Congress, SC District 3
  • Secretary Update
  • Meeting location & Youth Engagement update
  • Updates from the Chair
    (Precinct Reorg, State Convention & Blue Palmetto Dinner)
  • Open Discussion

Candidate Search Committee Update

The Greenwood County Democratic Party held another room-busting, action-packed breakfast meeting at Inn on the Square this past Saturday, April 7, at 9 am.

After an opening Prayer from Rev. James Thompson, Party Chair, Charles Lewis, quickly introduced the newly elected GWCDP Executive Committee.

Dr. Bob Phillips, chair of the Candidate Search Committee then reported the following:

  • Now that candidate filing is over the committee has shifted focus and has renamed itself the “Candidate Search & Support Committee”.
  • The purpose of this Committee is to support Michael Gaskin for SC House as well as any certified local Democratic candidate involved in a race in Greenwood County.
  • A big “kudos” was given to Mayor Terrence Culbreath on his successful re-election last week in Johnston, SC. Mayor Culbreath is a good friend of the GWCDP, having spoken at one of our breakfast meetings last year.
  • Rep. Anne Parks is seeking re-election for State House Rep, District 12
  • Introduced Ms. Edith Childs, who is seeking to continue her service on the Greenwood County Council. She also encouraged all to sign up for “Blue Day“.
  • Announced that Rev. Melissa Spencer is running for the Greenwood County Council position that Gonza Bryant will be vacating
  • Announced that the Honorable Travis Moore will be seeking re-election for the position of Probate Judge.
  • Introduced Michael G. Monaghan who is seeking another term on the Board of Commissioners for CPW. Mike shared the positive news that Greenwood hasn’t had a rate increase in 10 years and that we enjoy the lowest electric rates in South Carolina.
  • Introduced Claude Wright, Greenwood School District 50 Board Member

Edith Childs Michael Monaghan Claude Wright

Dr. Bob then introduced our two keynote speakers: Michael Gaskin and Mary Geren.

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First Time Running: SC-3 Congressional Candidate, Mary Geren

This is the third in a series of posts that highlight our elected officials and candidates, focusing on what drove them to public service and their experience on the campaign trail. Hopefully, their stories will inspire YOU to make a difference and help turn South Carolina Blue!

We recently spoke with Democratic Congressional Candidate, Mary Geren, who is looking to unseat Republican incumbent Jeff Duncan in November and represent South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District in Washington, DC.

Mary has been an active member of the Anderson County Democratic Party, an activist for social causes in her community, and a dedicated educator at Clemson University and Tri-County Technical College. We wanted you to understand her motivation to run for public office and learn what it’s like to put yourself out there to be a servant of the people.

When did you first become involved in politics?

I’ve been involved since about 2007. I had volunteered in the campaigns for Hillary Clinton and then Barack Obama. Locally, I helped with Jane Dyer’s campaign both times she ran for Congress. It’s been something I’ve felt a calling toward for some time. I also co-chair the Anderson chapter of SC Democrats Care.

What prompted you to take the leap from volunteer to candidate?

My first election was actually in 2012. I ran for a DNC delegate spot to nominate and eventually re-elect President Barack Obama. And, I won! I encourage folks who are interested in running for higher office to serve as delegates at the local, state, and/or national level. Doing so will give them an idea of what it is like to run an actual campaign.

In 2016, I ran for the SC State House here in District 9, and that was an interesting race! I ran against Ann Thayer, who is a very nice lady, and I had even taught her son. She had just disappointed me so much on the Confederate Flag issue. She was one of the few who voted to leave it flying on the State House grounds after the church shooting in Charleston.

In fact, it was Jaime Harrison who specifically asked me to run.

The fact that you had Jamie Harrison’s ear is impressive. How did you go about making connections and getting that type of support to run for office?

I gained connections through campaigning and volunteering, serving as a delegate at the state party convention and the DNC in 2012, working with the College Democrats at Tri-County Technical College- – taking them to conventions, etc. That’s what I encourage people to do; develop relationships and start networking. It’s not going to happen overnight. It took a decade’s worth of volunteering before I accepted the challenge to run for State House.

That doesn’t mean people have to wait 10 years before they should decide to run either. There’s never a perfect time!

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Newsletter – March 24

The Blue Wave Continues to Roll 🌊

Hello, fellow Democrats! It’s been a little while since our last newsletter. But on this day when nearly 1 million citizens marched in Washington DC (and hundreds of thousands more across the nation) to say we have had ENOUGH of the poisonous culture that values assault weapons over our children’s safety, we’re letting you know that we’re more active than ever in Greenwood County to help Turn SC Blue in November.

In this Newsletter:

  • Greenwood County Democratic Party Convention
  • Important Upcoming Events
  • Local Democrats in the News

Greenwood County Democratic Party Convention

The Greenwood County Democratic Party Convention was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018. It featured speeches given by local representatives including: State Senator Floyd Nicholson, State Representative Anne Parks, and County Councilpersons Gonza Bryant and Edith Childs.

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