Lets Get Out the Vote in November
The Charleston County Democratic Party has contacted many voters leading up to the November 8 election, but there’s a variety of ways to help Get Out the Vote (GOTV). We’ll connect you with your local Democratic leader, who will be able to share specific volunteer options for your local community.
Get Ready for this Year’s Blue Jamboree!
Join thousands of local, state and national Democrats for this year’s Blue Jamboree on Saturday, Oct 22 at the Jenkins Youth & Family Village on Azalea Drive. There will be food, entertainment, shopping, and you can look for more information in a future newsletter.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available!Click here to learn more.
This annual tradition is a fun way to meet other Democrat volunteers and candidates, and the Blue Jamboree will get you ready to vote on Nov 8!
So Many Abortion Laws…
There have been many changes to abortion laws since the repeal of Roe v. Wade. A few are listed below for your reference along with links to those you can contact to voice your opinion.
- Senate bill (S.1) totally bans abortion as early as 4 weeks into the pregnancy, and only allows exceptions for rape or incest up to 14 weeks into the pregnancy. Fatal fetal abnormalities would need to be diagnosed by two physicians, and doctors performing the abortion would be required to preserve DNA samples from the fetal remains for their local sheriff.
Senate bill S.1 is now going back to the SC House and can be adopted and signed by the Governor into law. Please contact your state representative to let them know your feelings about the new Senate bill.
- Republican Senator Lindsey Graham proposed federal restrictions on abortion access. Sen. Graham has introduced a bill that would ban abortion across the entire United States after 15 weeks. Individual states would be permitted to pass even more restrictive bans. Please let both of our Republican US Senators how you feel about nationwide abortion restrictions at the link below.
Postcard Stamps Request
CCDP volunteers have spent countless hours handwriting postcards to potential voters in Charleston county. We need donated postcard stamps (of any amount) to get these postcards to their respective voters.
Please drop off postcard stamps at the CCDP Office on Tuesday from 12:30 to 3, Wednesday from 11 to 3, and Friday from 10 to 2. It is recommended that you call the Office to confirm the Office Hours that week – we will be expanding office hours as Election Day draws near.
Be an Office Worker!
As Election Day draws near, we need more workers to staff our County office in West Ashley. Office workers distribute yard signs, greet walk-in visitors, and conduct other work needed to keep the County party running. Please sign up for a 2-hour shift by clicking on the button below and filling out the Contact Form.
Our Polling Places Need Poll Workers!
The Charleston County Board of Elections needs Charleston county voters to serve as nonpartisan Poll Workers. Can you help? 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.) The County pays a stipend to every poll worker, and please follow the link below to sign up or learn more.
Candidate Highlight: Wendell Gilliard
State Legislature, House District 111: Charleston
Rep. Gilliard is the President of WGG Consulting. He was educated at Devry School of Technology, and Labor Organizing School, University of Tennessee. Retired from Albright & Wilson Chemical Plant for 28 years as a chemical plant operator, serving as United Steel Workers Local Union President for 15 years.
After his mother’s passing, when Representative Gilliard was nine years old. His father, who was a well-respected Master Barber and a strong figure, was left to raise the family the best he knew how. He taught Rep. Gilliard to always reach for higher goals in life, not just for himself, but to serve and help others as he passed along the way.
Rep. Gilliard became a union and community organizer for the United Steel Workers of America at the chemical plant where he was employed and elected as President of the local union (863) for fifteen years. These positions allowed Rep. Gilliard to travel around the country organizing private businesses that wanted union representation.
After talking to various community leaders who knew Rep. Gilliard, he decided to run for public office. His eleven years of service on the Charleston City Council gave him a tremendous opportunity to take action on the important issues facing the wonderful people that live in District 111. He is deeply concerned about the issues of jobs, education, and healthcare that face so many people on a daily basis.
Candidate Highlight: Tamara Cunningham Curry
Charleston County Probate Judge
Tamara Curry was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Inspired by her parents’ example, she remains deeply committed to our Charleston-area village and serving the community that she loves. This commitment has been the guiding star of her service as an attorney for over 30 years, and as Associate Probate Judge in Charleston County for the last 22 years.
Tamara helped start the first Mental Health Court in South Carolina and had presided over both Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts as well as Veterans Court. She has been tireless in outreach, traveling Charleston County from McClellanville to Edisto, and from the Peninsular Charleston to Lincolnville, educating the public about the Probate Court and its impact on all families.
In 2017, Tamara was inducted as the president of the National College of Probate Judges. She was the first African American to lead the College.
Tamara is a servant-leader through her involvement as a member of the Board of Trustees of Allen University, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., YWCA of Greater Charleston (Past Board Chair), Charleston (SC) Chapter of The Links (Past President), Center for Heirs Property Preservation (Past Board Chair), Mental Health for Heroes, Junior League of Charleston, and the Board of Architectural Review.
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.
Want to help with our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts but aren’t sure how to talk to voters? No problem!Join us this Saturday to learn the basics of canvassing and registering people to vote. If there is interest, we can even talk phone banking!We will need a small army of canvassers to meet our GOTV goals before election day, so please get involved.
Kit Building & Postcard StampsWe’ve got thousands of postcards in the CCDP office that now need to have their postage put on. And we’re also beginning to build turf kits for the canvassing we’ll be doing from now to Election Day. Can you give us an hour of time this weekend for some office-type work?CCDP Office
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
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
East Cooper Democrats Get Out the Vote Rally
Join the East Cooper Democrats at Hobcaw Brewing Company to support our candidates, enjoy local brews and foods, and have a great evening together at our Get Out The Vote Rally on September 29. Learn how you can help mobilize our Democratic neighbors to the polls in Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island.
Hobcaw Brewing Company
Virtual Meet-and-Greet with Darlene Dunmeyer
Come join the Dunmeyer for School Board campaign for this virtual meet-and-greet with Darlene Dunmeyer, Candidate for Charleston County Consolidated School Board of Trustees, District 8. Darlene will meet with community members from Hollywood, Ravenel, Edisto Beach, Johns Island, Wadmalaw Island, parts of James Island and West Ashley that live in District 8. Community members will be able to hear her ideas and vision for District 8 schools.
Lowcountry Young Democrats October Meeting
Join us on October 10 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!
Blue JamboreeThis year at Charleston’s renowned Blue Jamboree, thousands of Democrats will have the opportunity to hear from national keynote speakers, South Carolina gubernatorial and congressional candidates, and many more. Families will have the opportunity to visit Charleston’s top rated food trucks, enjoy live entertainment and scroll through our acclaimed Blue Jam Village. This once a year event is a great opportunity to market your business or organization, all while showing your support.
Jenkins Youth & Family Village
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CCDP Monthly Meeting
We 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. The physical address is 68 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401If you wish to join via Zoom, please make sure you signup to receive the link.
Main Public Library
Coffee with DemocratsJoin 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.
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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.
2022 CHARLESTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
State Level Offices:
Joe Cunningham (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
Krystle Matthews (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
Secretary of State: Peggy Butler (Website; Donations)
State Superintendent of Education:
Lisa Ellis (Website; Instagram; Twitter; Donations)
United States Congress:
SC-1: Dr. Annie Andrews (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
Majority Whip James “Jim” E. Clyburn (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
South Carolina State House
15: Representative JA Moore (Website; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
80: Donna Brown Newton (Website; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
109: Representative Deon Tedder (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
110: Ellis Roberts (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
111: Representative Wendell Gilliard (Website; Facebook; Donations)
112: Dave Artushin (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
113: Representative Marvin Pendarvis
114: Michelle Brandt (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
115: Representative Spencer Wetmore (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
116: Representative Chardale Murray (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
119: Representative Leon Stavrinakis (Website; Facebook; Twitter)
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a drop off time.
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