2018 DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
The 2018 Elections are vitally important to the future of our country. There are many Democratic candidates running for both statewide and local political office. Learn about their positions, volunteer to work on their campaigns, and contribute money to their efforts.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Joe Cunningham is a problem solver at heart. As an attorney, Joe has prosecuted criminals and pursued justice on behalf of those who have been wronged. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as an ocean engineer ensuring the marine environment was protected. Joe is the youngest of five boys and was raised by parents that taught him to stand up and fight whenever he saw injustice in the world. Joe and his wife, Amanda, are co-owners of Soul Yoga + Wellness, a yoga studio located in West Ashley where they live with their new baby, Boone, and their four legged mutt, Teddy. Joe is devoted to solving problems. His passion is helping people and creating prosperous futures for everyone. As your Congressman, Joe will be a pragmatic voice who will put country over party by advocating for common sense solutions to protect you, your family, the Lowcountry and our future. For more information click here.
SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR
James Smith was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He is married to Kirkland (Thomas) of Mount Pleasant. They are blessed to be proud parents of Emerson, Thomas, Paul, and Shannon. They attend church at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, the church he grew up in. James is currently a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, a Major in the South Carolina Army National Guard, a small business owner, and practicing attorney in Columbia, South Carolina. His entire life has been dedicated to service to others in his community, state, and nation. He can trace military service to every generation of his family dating back to the Revolutionary War, and his parents instilled in him those values of duty, service and leadership. These values have carried James throughout the various aspects of his life.
James is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and University of South Carolina School of Law. As a Major in the South Carolina Army National Guard, his twelve (12) month combat tour in Afghanistan makes him one of a small number of public officials nationwide who have served the United States in combat. Smith’s military service shaped his outlook on civic service, as well as his appreciation for those who sacrificed before him. In the various aspects of his service, he fought the Taliban head-on; worked hard to shake things up at the State House; and is always committed to make South Carolina a better place for all to live and work. Smith served eight years as a JAG officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard when a 2001 visit to Ground Zero in New York stirred something inside of him. “It had a profound impact on me,” he recalls. It motivated him to resign his Officer Commission so that he could enlist as an infantryman, and, at age 37, begin basic training. James Smith is a member of the South Carolina Army National Guard. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense. For more information, click here.
SOUTH CAROLINA SECRETARY OF STATE
MELVIN T. WHITTENBERG
As Secretary of State, I will use my education, military and corporate leadership skills, and business acumen to build a team that will work collectively to serve all South Carolinians with the utmost respect, dignity, and integrity; regardless of party affiliation, economic or educational status, religion, skin tone, or gender. Our office will be proactive, business friendly, and customer focused to meet the needs of our diverse business community, charitable organizations, non-profits, and notaries. My number one priority will be to continuously support fair and equitable economic development within the great state of South Carolina by proactively identifying innovative out-of-the-box methods to contribute revenue for funding state programs such as education, teachers’ salaries, and school bus improvements. For more information , CLICK HERE.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE TREASURER
ROSALYN L. GLENN
Rosalyn L. Glenn is a native of Wellford, SC. She is the proud daughter of Robert and Carolyn Glenn, the middle sibling of Renea and Chris Glenn, sister in law to Toni Glenn and aunt to Christian and Joshua Glenn. Rosalyn was raised in her family home among a host of extended family members. Her high moral character and extraordinary ethical standards were instilled in her from a young age by her family. She believes strongly in family and attributes much of her life success to the lessons taught and inspired by her family. Rosalyn volunteers her time and expertise with a host of other organizations to include The League of Women Voters and The Fortitude Foundation. In these capacities, professional and personal, she has committed her life to sharing her knowledge and encouraging people to a higher standard of living, particularly in their financial matters. She believes her life purpose is to help people get to a level of financial stability that is sustainable and relevant to them as individuals. Her motivation is found in the transformation of the lives of people as they come to know their life purpose and live up to their fullest potential. For ore information, CLICK HERE.
SOUTH CAROLINA ATTORNEY GENERAL
Constance Anastopoulo is an experienced litigator who built on her courtroom successes to become a leading expert on insurance and ethics law. As a tenured Professor of Law Professor Anastopoulo teaches Torts, Ethics, and Insurance. Voted “Best Professor” by the Charleston School of Law students, Professor Anastopoulo’s commitment to a better South Carolina motivates her work with future lawyers and her work to improve ethics in politics in South Carolina. This breadth of experience and demonstrated success makes Prof. Anastopoulo uniquely qualified to be a great South Carolina Attorney General. For more information, CLICK HERE.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION
DR. ISRAEL ROMERO
SOUTH CAROLINA SUPERINTENDENT OF AGRICULTURE
There are no Democratic candidates running for this office, however, David Edmond is running for the Green Party and Chris Nelums is running as the United Citizens Party candidate.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 120
Ryan Martz is running for South Carolina House of Representatives District 120 under the Democratic ticket. This district includes most of northern Bluffton, as well as parts of Hilton Head, Ridgeland, and Beaufort. Ryan and his wife Jessica have lived in Beaufort County for almost 10 years and are proud to call South Carolina home! They have a 2-year-old boy, Kieran.
Ryan decided to run for this seat because he just simply wants to help his community and state. He believes that his experience, demeanor, and ethos can really help South Carolina move forward. Ryan would like to focus on socially progressive legislation, while at the same time making sure our finances are cared for responsibly in Columbia. Columbia is a great city, but if elected, you can expect Ryan spending his time here with you, in our community, to understand YOUR needs. Ryan says we need common sense reform on numerous fronts, and it's time for a new generation of legislators to put this community and state on its shoulders.
Follow Ryan on Facebook.
For his website, CLICK HERE.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 121
Michael F. Rivers, Sr.
The Honorable Michael F. Rivers, Sr.
734 Seaside Drive, St. Helena, SC 29920
432D Blatt Office Building
1105 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 212-6952 Columbia (O)
(843) 263-8467 Cell Phone
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 123
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 123
BEAUFORT COUNTY PROBATE JUDGE
BEAUFORT COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8
I believe that the most critical issues facing Beaufort County today are preparing for growth by ensuring that we have the infrastructure in place to support the increase in population that will come with that growth. Infrastructure, affordable housing, maintaining adequate green spaces, and quality public education are key to sustaining our quality of life in Beaufort County. My experience over the past 20 years as a Human Resources Leader working for large global corporations has given me the skills to deal with complex issues, build consensus, and partner with others to develop solutions for the problems of today and develop long-term strategic plans for the future.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Tel - 913-620-5098
BEAUFORT COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 9
I have a blue-collar background and work ethic, but I have a white-collar job. I am an Engineering Group Head at Gulfstream Aerospace. I began my career as an Avionics Technician and served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard. I worked hard and showed ability to become an engineer and a leader. My years as an engineer have proven my ability to work with a team and to solve difficult problems. I understand how to approach problems in a logical manner and find the best solutions.
1. Land conservation: Protect our green space and coastlines from development.
2. Balance: We need to improve infrastructure, such as roads and utilities to catch up to existing housing. We should slow growth to shopping and support businesses to meet the needs of the existing population.
3. Whole community approach: We need low-income housing to support the existing work force. We should promote the idea that all income levels can live in close proximity to each other for the benefit of all.
for County Council
For more information, CLICK HERE.
BEAUFORT COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 10
I have been an attorney for over 27 years, with 20 of those years in public service. I am a former Administrative Law Judge and I spent 11 years as an adjunct law professor. I am a trained mediator and facilitator and I was recognized as a dispute resolution expert during my career in federal service. The skills I developed in my professional life taught me the value of collaboration and will serve me well in addressing concerns and making informed decisions on the issues facing my community. Accessible affordable public transportation and alternative transportation options are essential to enhance workforce development and protect the environment on Hilton Head Island and throughout Beaufort County. I am also committed to seeking innovative and creative solutions for affordable housing. I support responsible growth and continued economic development while preserving the unique character and rich culture of Hilton Head.
Campaign Website: http://electcathymcclellan.com