Meet the Candidate: Jen Gibson (South Carolina)

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Candidate Name:

Jen Gibson

What office are you running for?

State Representative, House District 99

With which party are you running for office?

Democratic Party

Election Date

June 9, 2020

Why are you running for office?

I’m running for the SC House because we need to make our government work for the people of South Carolina. For too long, the South Carolina House has catered to the interests of select businesses willing to pay-to-play at the expense of the people in our district. I was the first person in my family to graduate from high school so I know first-hand how hard work, creative solutions, and smart government can grow our economy and provide a better future for all of us in South Carolina. Our campaign is providing a plan to the people of District 99 with real, affordable solutions to traffic congestion, poor infrastructure, underfunded schools, and prohibitively expensive health care.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?

The SC General Assembly has taken up the tremendous task of overhauling the SC Education Accountability Act, but I do not believe they will be successful in passing reform this legislative session. I plan to make education reform one of my major priorities, and I will keep pressure on leadership to keep it on the legislative agenda. I will work with several education organizations to craft legislation that will support teachers and students in today’s learning environment.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?

Most people in our community have the same dream for their future. We want good health and prosperity for our families. We focus on what unites us, and work from our shared goals.

Who is your hero?

My mom

What are your hobbies?

I love to read, swim, bike, and garden, but if I am honest, my favorite hobby is Netflix and chill.

What is the most recent book you read?

Leviathan Wakes

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?

I have an 11 year old son, and he is the light of our lives. I love animals and am a proud mom of two rescues, Figaro (our pirate cat) and Mr. Snuggles (our ferocious guard dog). For the sake of my marriage and my carpets, I limit myself to two animals although I wish I could have a zoo. My housplants are very rude, and do not talk to me.

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?

There are three ways. The first is to help me share the word about the changes we will bring to the South Carolina House. Share our social media, engage with our social media to help it spread organically, and email or text friends about our campaign. If you have more time, we always need volunteers, and people from anywhere in the country can help. Lastly, invest in our campaign if you are able. $5 contributions from all our progressive partners add up to a powerful fund that can flip this seat from red to blue.

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?

Why are you the best person to serve as the elected representative for the people of District 99? I have an extensive background in business and activism. I understand that the legislature must create an environment to support a strong economy that can flourish in our state. What we lack in our district is candidates who understand how to do that and simultaneously create a strong public infrastructure to support the work force who will fuel it so everyone in our state benefits.

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