CCDP: Exercise Your Right to Elect

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The Charleston County Legislative Delegation, chaired by Senator Chip Campsen serves as a liaison between the public, governmental agencies and the 22 elected state legislators who represent Charleston County. Eight state senators and 14 representatives comprise the delegation. This Office processes all Notary Public applications filed by Charleston County residents and provides information about Notary commissions to residents of other counties. Though state-mandated, the Delegation Office is County-funded.

The delegation meets at the call of the Chair. While most meetings are held at Trident Technical College’s Student Center, Building 410, Room 212, 7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, the delegation also conducts meetings at various sites throughout the county. Meetings are open to the public. For meeting times, call the Delegation Office.

Responsibilities:Serve as liaison between citizens, agencies and the Legislative Delegation membersProcess all Notary Public applications for Charleston County residentsAssist the public with information about other government agenciesCoordinate administrative functions and meetings of the Legislative DelegationProvide public information on the status of South Carolina legislation, via the InternetWhat do they control? 
These powerful groups of lawmakers exert control over nearly every aspect of life in South Carolina, including education policy, local road projects, and the appointment of powerful judges and commission members (think election, aviation, etc). 

What’s Next?
There has been no meeting of the delegation in two (2) years. Senator Chip Campsen is the chairman and has not called a meeting. In the meantime, there are two vacancies on the board of elections, one of which has been open for over a year.

We want to flood Senator Campsen’s phone with requests to call a meeting of the Charleston delegation so that these important vacancies can be filled. You can reach Senator Campsen at (803) 212-6340.

Senator Campsen

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Poll Workers Needed!

Fair and impartial voting this November requires qualified citizens to work at the polling locations in a neutral and non-partisan role. A shortage of Poll Workers results in a dysfunctional voting process that discourages people from voting and participating in our democracy. Can you help by working as a Poll Worker in Charleston County? Workers have to be South Carolina registered voters and complete training beforehand (16- and 17-year-olds are also welcome to apply to work at voting locations.) Please follow the link below to sign up or learn more. 

Apply to be a Poll Worker

It’s Not Too Late to Volunteer and Help Get Out the Vote in November

Charleston County Democrats have already started contacting voters leading up to the November 8 election. We need your help to call potential voters and make a difference. Directly calling voters is a powerful way to connect and ensure that voters have the information they need to vote. This is a flexible activity that you can fit into your own schedule and conduct out of the comfort of your own home.  Please sign up below if you are interested.

Sign Up to Call Voters

South Carolina Democrats are Looking for Interns

Are you interested in gaining experience with the State Democratic Party (SCDP)? The SCDP is looking for development and fundraising, political outreach, and communications. Please click on the link below to learn more about applying as an intern for SCDP.

Learn More about Interning for the SCDP

Candidate Highlight: Michelle BrandtState Legislature, House District 114: West Ashley & Summerville

Michelle is a wife, mother, and environmental scientist with a heart for public service. She co-manages a busy household that includes husband of ten years, Justin, and two fun-loving children, Belle and Theo, so she knows how deeply traffic, cost of living, education, health care, and flooding impact the families of our district. 

She teaches her children to dream big while making a big difference, and she shows them how to practically live this out with her own work. She models initiative, hope, and service by leading in various areas in our community

Michelle is committed to solutions that put our families first and work for everyone. As the daughter of a (now retired) Army Lieutenant Colonel, she knows that real solutions require organization, collaboration, discipline, and accountability. She will combine this commitment to excellence with her analytical mind and scientific skill to create true solutions to our area’s biggest problems.

Find Michelle online:
Website: https://michelleforsc.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michelleforsc
Instagram: @michelleforsc
Twitter: @michelleforsc
TicToc: @michellebfor114

Donate to Michelle Brandt’s Campaign

Candidate Highlight: Julie Hallman Charleston County Council for District 9: James Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah & Seabrook Islands, Downtown Charleston, and Johns Island

Julie moved to James Island when she purchased her home with her husband Todd in the Woodland Shores area. Realizing the importance of property ownership and how it can provide financial as well as emotional stability for families, she made the decision to transition into a real estate career to help people and families find their dream homes in the tri-county area. With their help, she has built a strong business countywide. Julie strongly believes that home ownership should be equitably available to ALL and more affordable. 

Julie is a progressive environmentalist who stands for Community Protection from flooding, traffic congestion, and unsafe roadways, Controlling Development and County Collaboration with other local governments to address challenges relating to sea level rise and climate change. Julie Hallman has a degree in English from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA

Find Julie Online:
Website:https://juliehallman.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julieforcountycouncil

Donate to Julie Hallman’s Campaign

Help CCDP Elect Democrats this November

Charleston County Democrats are working hard to protect our rights now, leading up to the election on November 8, and afterward. However, they need our help to connect voters with the resources required. Please contribute so that Charleston County Democrats can continue to work for our community. 

Donate to Elect More Democrats!

Office Hours Update

Office hours for the Charleston County Democratic Party (CCDP) have been updated. The office is now open Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Fridays from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. These hours will be expanding soon.

Upcoming Events

SAT
SEP 10
PM Literature Dropoff in West Ashley

We’re going to drop off Get Out the Vote postcards and other literature to known Democrats in two precincts in West Ashley. Can you help us deliver these materials door-to-door? We’ll fan out in teams of two or more, and each team will reach about 50 doors. It should take about two hours beginning to end.

The staging site for this event is TBD.
 
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MON
SEP12
4 PM

Meet and Greet with Krystle MatthewsLeslie Bracken and Alison Hefter Invite you to a Meet and Greet with Krystle Matthews, Candidate for United States SenateCome and have a drink, something to eat and mingle with Krystle Matthews and get to know her a little better. Then she will share with us her vision for her FIRST term as the United States Senator from South Carolina!

Taco Boy (Summerville)

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MON
SEP12
PM

Charleston County Democratic Women – September MeetingOur September 12th meeting is all about the Charleston County School Board candidates. We will briefly take care of club business starting at 6 PM and each candidate will have a chance for an introduction speech.

Please join us at the CCDP office and feel free to bring your dinner or snacks or your favorite beverage.
CCDP Office

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MON
SEP12
6:30PM

West Ashley Democrats meeting.

Join West Ashley Democrats on Monday, September 12 at Frothy Beard, 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, W Ashley. Check-in, pre-meeting socializing and ordering food will begin at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 7pm.

Frothy Beard

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MON
SEP12
6:30

PMLowcountry Young Democrats September MeetingJoin us on Monday, September 12 at 6:30 pm for our monthly meeting via Zoom. Register to receive the link in your email.

All Democrats from Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties are welcome, and those under age 40 can be official members.

Let’s get Democrats elected up and down the ballot! Be sure you RSVP to receive the link.

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THU
SEP15
6:30PM

CCDP Monthly MeetingWe are back to meeting in person! If you would like to attend this month’s meeting in person, please meet us Downtown at the Charleston County Main Public Library. We will meet in the library’s auditorium. If you wish to join via Zoom, please make sure you RSVP to receive the link.

Charleston County Main Public Library

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SAT
SEP17
PM

Lowcountry Young Democrats Game Night

Calling all Lowcountry counties to come to join us for a night of games, music, and refreshments. Come out for some fun and meet some local and state candidates who will be stopping by.

Iron Workers

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MON
SEP19
PM

James Island Folly Beach September Meeting

Join us at the Baxter-Patrick James Island Library where our guest speaker will be Ellis Roberts, Democratic candidate for SC State House 110, which now covers a portion of James Island. We will hear about his campaign and learn how we can help get him elected to represent all of us!Feel free to bring your dinner, snacks or your favorite non-alcoholic beverage.

Baxter-Patrick James Island Library

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TUE
SEP27
6:30PM

Sea Island Democrats September MeetingJoin the Sea Island Democrats for our September meeting! NOTE: Instead of our regularly scheduled meeting, we will have a Voter Registration Pizza Party 

Be sure to come and learn how you can get involved as we work to register voters, engage with those living on the Sea Islands, and listen to any local candidates that may be in attendance!

John’s Island Regional Library

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WED
SEP28
6:30PM

St. Paul Club Meeting

The St. Paul Democrats will meet at the Hollywood St. Paul’s Library in Hollywood, on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 pm.

St. Paul Library

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THU
8:30AM

Coffee with Democrats

Join fellow Democrats for a cup of coffee and great conversation. Still in person at Wildflour Pastry from 8:30-10 AM. No specific topics. Come for the whole time or just a little while.

Wildflour Pastry
UNTIL NOV 8

Volunteer to Get out the Vote!

It’s time to start reminding Democrats that they need to vote in this midterm election. Do you want to help out? We’ll put you in contact with your local precinct leaders(s), who right now are organizing a postcard-writing campaign. We need your help! If you’ve never volunteered before, this is a great way to start out. You can do it at home or you can gather and socialize in postcard-writing parties.

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2022 Candidate Information

2022 CHARLESTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATESState Level Offices:
Governor:

Joe Cunningham (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)

U.S. Senate:
Krystle Matthews (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)

Secretary of State: Peggy Butler (WebsiteDonations)

State Superintendent of Education:
Lisa Ellis (WebsiteInstagramTwitterDonations)

United States Congress:
SC-1: Dr. Annie Andrews (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)

SC-6:
Majority Whip James “Jim” E. Clyburn (WebsiteInstagram;  FacebookTwitterDonations)

South Carolina State House
15: Representative JA Moore (WebsiteFacebookTwitterDonations)
80: Donna Brown Newton (WebsiteFacebookTwitterDonations)
109: Representative Deon Tedder (WebsiteFacebookTwitter)
110: Ellis Roberts (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
111: Representative Wendell Gilliard (Facebook)
112: Dave Artushin (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
113: Representative Marvin Pendarvis 
114: Michelle Brandt (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
115: Representative Spencer Wetmore (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
116: Representative Chardale Murray (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
119: Representative Leon Stavrinakis (WebsiteFacebookTwitter)

Charleston County Council:
5: Councilman Teddie Pryor (Facebook)
8: Councilwoman Anna Johnson (WebsiteFacebookDonations)
9: Julie Hallman (WebsiteFacebookDonations)

Charleston County Probate Judge:
Tamara Cunningham Curry (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)

Charleston County Register of Deeds:
Karen Hollings (WebsiteDonations)

Give Back

Blessing Box Donations Needed!
Please consider donating to our CCDP Blessing Box. You can #StockTheBox at any time, or drop off items to the office during office hours or by appointment. Our community members appreciate and depend on our kindness!

A few things to remember when donating Blessing Box items:

  • DO donate non-perishable items that will hold up in the weather
    • example: canned vegetables and meats/fish, sauces in jars, boxes of rice or pasta
    • protip: donate items that don’t require milk/butter/oil to prepare, get cans with pop-tops that don’t require can openers
  • DO donate small personal care items that will fit in the blessing box
    • example toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant,
  • DO NOT donate any open or expired items.

Lowcountry Period Project Supplies Needed!
Did you know that our volunteers build period packs in support of the Homeless Period Project? The project provides pre-made kits for homeless shelters and nurse’s offices at Title IX schools in the Lowcountry. These items are a luxury to homeless women and girls and many are forced to choose between hygiene and food. Please consider donating the following items so we can continue to support this amazing project!
-individually-wrapped feminine pads
-individually-wrapped tampons
-individually-wrapped wipes
-individually-wrapped panty liners

Thanks again for your generosity!

Our office has limited public hours due to COVID, but if you are dropping off donations, you can email wecare@charlestondemocrats.com to arrange a drop off time.

Contribute

BUY SOME MERCHANDISE TO SUPPORT CCDP!

Please support CCDP (and help elect Democrats) by buying one of our t-shirts, water bottles, Koozies, bags, and pint glasses!

BUY SOME COOL STUFF & SUPPORT CCDP


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