SC Democrats Care is organizing a household goods and donations drive leading up to our state convention on April 29.
Refugee families fleeing war need simple, practical help as they work toward become self-sufficient in new homes. By offering a hand-up to these women, men, and children, we uplift our community materially and spiritually. Laundry soap is the most popular request today! We also need toilet paper, garbage bags, paper towels, sanitary napkins, dishwashing liquid, aluminum foil, light bulbs, and similar consumable items.
Under the current Presidential Administration there is great distress. Let's show those who find refuge in our state that Democrats really do care.
Here is the link to donate funds for this effort: https://www.gofundme.com/help-refugees-in-south-carolina/
Join the the Young Democrats in Greenville County April 25 from 6 to 8 pm at Connolly's Irish Pub ( 24 E Court St, Greenville).
Mrs. Beverly Jenkins, President of the Oconee County branch of the NAACP and Mr. George Anderson, Vice President, will be the speakers at our Saturday Monthly Breakfast. We will hear about the current projects of this local civil rights organization, which we have supported for a number of years.
When: April 15th at 9:00 AM
Where: 121 North Townville Street, Seneca
Please bring a breakfast snack to share. Coffee will be provided.
Let's move forward. Let's win.
In less than a month South Carolina Democrats will gather and elect a new chair to lead our Party for the next two years. This convention is very important and I hope you will be able to attend on Saturday, April 29th.
And at this convention, I ask that you vote for me to be our next state party chair.
My personal motto is: "If you build it, they will come." And I have a long record of building within our Democratic Party and its ideals. I've been on the South Carolina Democratic Party's Executive Committee, for example, representing Georgetown County since 2008, and currently serve as the president of the South Carolina Democratic Women's Council. I'm also Southern Regional Director for the National Federation of Democratic Women.
I know how to build an organization. Under my leadership, we've made history time after time, including hosting Hillary Clinton for her first SC stop as a presidential candidate in May 2015 and Sen. Bernie Sanders keynoting at my Southern Regional Meeting for the National Federation of Democratic Women in November 2015. In 2016, I brought the NFDW national convention to Charleston.
I announced my decision to run for Chair on December 7 because I want to continue building. I am running because our Party faces serious challenges, and these challenges need to be addressed by serious leaders who understand what it will take for our Party to start winning again.
We cannot continue to operate in the same unsuccessful manner; we must take bold moves if our candidates are to be competitive in 2018 and beyond. Bold moves require fresh new dynamic leadership…and that’s what I intend to provide.
I'll provide leadership in the implementation of candidate recruitment and development; more aggressive and widespread fundraising; the building of stronger coalitions; and the implementation of high tech campaign tools to assist our candidates in winning elections.
I am not running for Chair because I need a job. As your Chair, I promise not to take a salary. Not only can our Party not afford it, but I also believe that our Chair ought to continue to serve as a volunteer. In addition, the positions of Chair and Executive Director must continue to remain separate because it's important to have checks and balances.
Now more than ever we need to operate our Party with the greatest transparency and accountability. As your Chair, I promise to serve with the highest integrity and have an open-door policy that is inclusive to all.
I am proud and honored to have the support of Governor Jim Hodges, House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, Legislative Black Caucus Chair John King and scores of other Democratic leaders and organizations from across the state. For a complete list of our endorsements and grassroots supporters, please visit our website at susanforsc.com.
I would like your input. Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts and ideas at (843) 833-3919.
Susan Y. Smith
P.S. Your support would be very meaningful to me. Please consider joining our team and together, let’s start winning again!
My name is Jeni Atchley and I am running to be the next 3rd Vice Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party.
My vision for the future of the party, I believe, will be effective and simple:
CREATE Bridges & Partnerships: I plan to ensure that we are bridging the gap between young people and our Democratic Party. Creating Partnerships with youth organizations will allow us to continue to grow.
COLLABORATE with the Other Organizations and the Community: There is so much passion right now in our country and in our state. Collaborating with other Democratic and Progressive organizations will make it so we continue to grow the party and ensure that we have victory across the state and in our country.
ELEVATE Others to Lead & Grow: The political process can be hard to navigate sometimes. By elevating others through education and resources, we can open the door to others and continue to grow our party.
I am running for this position not out of ego, but for because of a deep passion to see our party grow and invest in the youth of our state. I did not grow up in a political household, yet, after the support and guidance from those across the state, especially those in my local Dorchester County Party, I moved from a simple volunteer to 3rd Vice Chair of our County Party, the 2nd Vice President of the Young Democrats of South Carolina, a 2016 Democratic National Convention Delegate, and was honored to be part of the first class of the Congressman James E. Clyburn Political Fellowship.
Like many of you, I believe that our best days are ahead of us. Through creating new partnerships, bridging the gap, collaborating with other groups, working in our communities and elevating others to lead and grow, we have an opportunity to create a future for our current and future young democrats across the state to become the leaders of the future.
Please visit my website and join my email list by clicking here
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You can make a donation by clicking here
I hope I can have your support come April 29th. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Meet the Candidates for SCDP leadership at a forum on Saturday, March 25, at Upstate Circle of Friends (former Sirrine Elementary School), 29 Ridgeway Drive, Greenville, starting at 11:00 a.m. Come ask questions relevant to the Upstate of the candidates in advance of the April State Convention. Details to be firmed up.
My Fellow Democrats,
Earlier this week, during the Pickens and Anderson County Democratic Party meetings, I announced my intention to run for Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party and yesterday morning I made it official. The outpouring of support over the last several days has been both humbling and invigorating.
I'm running because I have spent my life fighting to elect Democrats and working to build strong Party organizations in South Carolina. Having served as a County Party Chair and an Executive Director of a state Party, I know your struggles. More importantly, I have worked on campaigns in every corner of our state.
Our current Party officers and staff have been successful in creating a strong positive image of South Carolina Democrats nationally. Most people don’t realize that Jaime Harrison’s role on the national level has ensured the security of our First in the South Presidential Primary. The Clyburn Fellows are already making an impact - running for office and leading the charge against Republicans across the state
However, the time has come for us to add another layer to rebuilding our Party. We have to change how we frame our message, how we target voters and how we rebuild our State Party.
We must become a customer service oriented Party. This means our State Party leaders work for you. Our efforts should be focused on providing leadership and training to local Party officers, precinct officers and the activists who are the backbone of our Party.
We must focus on creating sustainable County Parties and engaging voters far before October of an election year. The local elections of 2017 and the midterm elections of 2018 demand creative and long lasting solutions.
I know the challenges we face. The lessons I learned serving as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party and working for Grady Patterson, Mia McLeod, Brent Weaver, Blaine Lotz, Elliott Close, David Adams, Vincent Sheheen in 2010, President Obama, Bill Richardson, and the Chief of the Cherokee Nation have prepared me to turn our Party around.
During the next several weeks, I look forward to talking with each of you about my vision for creating the infrastructure needed to move our Party forward. In the meantime, head over to TravRobertson.com to follow along!
With Kind Regards,
Sen. Lindsey Graham will hold a Town Hall meeting on Saturday March 4 at 10:30 am at Brooks Center for Performing Arts, Clemson University. Sen. Graham will take questions from constituents for about 90 minutes.