PRIMARY CANDIDATES FOR CHARLESTON COUNTY COUNCIL
This week we are featuring the three Democratic candidates for Charleston County Council District 8: Anna Johnson, Ronald L. Ladson, and Millicent Traeye Middleton. You can find each candidates’ donation and social media links in the “2022 Candidate Information” section.
The Honorable Anna B. Johnson was first elected as a Charleston County Councilwoman in 2010, having been reelected twice since. She has focused on improving roads and drainage in the county, promoting economic development, preserving the character of the Sea Islands, and improving recreational opportunities in the area. Councilwoman Johnson presently serves on several Council Committees: Housing, Finance, Planning/Public Works, and Rural Transportation Management Association/ Tri-County Link. She is also a member of First Baptist Church, James Island and is the proud mother of two grown children.
Ronald L. Ladson is a native of James Island and a retired U.S. Army Gulf War veteran. He is the Immediate Past President of the James Island Folly Beach Democrats, a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, and member of First Baptist Church of James Island. He is a community activist who is committed to improving the quality of life in his community and providing effective representative for his fellow residents. He supports a progressive public policy agenda for change that is rooted in community engagement to ensure government accountability for real solutions to our issues. Ronald’s campaign is a grassroots movement to build a better community.
Millicent Traeye Middleton has deep roots in the communities of District 8. The constituents have been dedicated to serving our communities for years in the hopes of a better tomorrow. Millicent has been making a difference through organizations such as: Poor People Campaign; Sea Island Progressive Club; Charleston Justice Area Ministry; International Justice Ministry; Sea Island Ministry Alliance; Charleston Area Democratic Women (President); CCDP (Leadership) Democratic Delegate; Democratic Organizer (Rural Areas); STJ HS PTSA Pres; STJ HS Athletic Chair; Title 1 Board Member; Best Friends Of Lowcountry Transit Member. Being an Emerge South Carolina 2020 Alumna has given her the knowledge, experience, and exposure to a system that is very strict and private. This has increased her ability to excel and assimilate to the highest level in government.
IMPORTANT VOTING UPDATE
The Charleston County Board of Elections has sent out postcards to each voter regarding changes in districts due to redistricting. If you or a voter in your home did not get a postcard from the Board of Elections, you need to contact them at 843-744-8683 or email email@example.com to check your mailing address. Even if someone in the house got a card and others did not, you still need to contact the Board of Elections. Ask family, friends, and neighbors who are Democrats because this is how they can lose their registration. Each voter should get a card.
May 13th is the last day to register/update voter registration info to be eligible to vote in primaries in person on June 14th. If you have moved and have not updated your voter registration, you will be marked as an inactive voter. The Board of Elections will not forward voter information to another address, so you need to update your registration or you will lose it. Oftentimes, the issue is a missing apartment or PO Box number.
LEAKED SCOTUS DRAFT
In case you missed it: a leaked opinion from the SCOTUS indicates that the court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. This is, essentially, an attack on settled law, legislation that has been the law of the land for a half century.
The importance of this decision cannot be overstated. Should Roe be officially overturned, abortion bans in nearly half the states in America will become law. States where laws made no exceptions for rape, incest or even endangering the life of the mother. States that have given rapists parental rights.
Should Roe be overturned, abortion will no longer be legal in America, only in certain states. And several of the anti-abortion laws have built in clauses to prohibit pregnant women from traveling out of state. Think about that. Women who live in Republican held states will have less rights as a citizen than women who live in Democratic states. Recently in Texas, a woman narrowly escaped a murder charge because she ended a pregnancy. Is this the world we want to live in?
Armed with the knowledge of the battle we are about to face, we beg of you, please, to call your legislators. ALL of your legislators (but especially those at the federal level). Get loud and demand they protect women’s rights in this country. And remember, they will not stop with abortion. If settled law is up for grabs, every hard fought right we have earned can be taken away. Voting rights, LGBT rights, interracial marriage, birth control, and even fertility treatments… All up for grabs if we don’t stop this madness in its tracks.
MEMBERS OF THE NEWSLETTER TEAM NEEDED
The saying goes that “all good things must come to an end,” and my tenure leading this newsletter is no exception. In June, I will be moving away from Charleston, which means that CCDP is need of new people to help run the newsletter! If you are interested, please reply to this email or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org! I will show the new team the ropes, so do not worry about being thrown in blindly. I look forward to the future leadership of this newsletter!
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|Bans Off Our Bodies Rally (Women’s March & Planned Parenthood)|
On May 2nd, we learned from a leaked draft opinion that SCOTUS is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, stripping the constitutional right to abortion in spite of fifty years of precedent. The Supreme Court is making their official decision on abortion rights in June. Once that happens, 26 states could move quickly to ban abortion, meaning millions of people could live without local access to abortion care.
Planned Parenthood and the Women’s March have organized this rally in support of reproductive rights this Saturday, May 14th, from 4 to 6 PM. RSVP to Receive Location
|CCDP May Monthly Meeting|
Join us for our monthly meeting! Please RSVP to receive the Zoom information. We will discuss more details in the coming weeks. Virtual Meeting
|East Cooper Democrats May Meeting|
Join the East Cooper Democrats for our May meeting! Keep an eye out for further details.
Snowden Community Center
|St. Paul’s Parish Democrats Monthly Meeting|
Join the St. Paul’s Parish Democrats Club for their monthly meeting every fourth Wednesday at 6:30 PM.
This month it will be on Wednesday, May 25th, at St. John Baptist Church.
St. John Baptist Church
2022 Candidate Information
2022 CHARLESTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
State Level Offices:
Joe Cunningham (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
Mia McLeod (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
Calvin CJ Mack McMillan
William H Cowboy Williams (Website; Donations)
Catherine Fleming Bruce (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
Krystle Matthews (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
Secretary of State: Peggy Butler (Website; Donations)(NOMINEE)
State Superintendent of Education:
Dr. Gary Burgess (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
United States Congress:
SC-1: Dr. Annie Andrews (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)(NOMINEE)
Michael Addison (Website; Facebook; Donations)
Gregg Marcel Dixon (Website; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
Majority Whip James “Jim” E. Clyburn (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
South Carolina State House
15: Representative JA Moore (NOMINEE)
80: Donna Brown Newton (Website; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)(NOMINEE)
109: Representative Deon Tedder (NOMINEE)
110: Ellis Roberts (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)(NOMINEE)
111: Representative Wendell Gilliard (NOMINEE)
Dave Artushin (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
Stephen Hilton (Website; Twitter; Donations)
113: Representative Marvin Pendarvis (NOMINEE)
114: Michelle Brandt (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)(NOMINEE)
115: Representative Spencer Wetmore (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)(NOMINEE)
116: Representative Chardale Murray (NOMINEE)
119: Representative Leon Stavrinakis (NOMINEE)
Charleston County Council:
5: Councilman Teddie Pryor (NOMINEE)
Councilwoman Anna Johnson (Website; Facebook; Donations)
Ronald L. Ladson (Website; Instagram; Facebook;
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