Charleston County Democratic Party Newsletter

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Proposed Charleston City Council Redistricting

After a decade of population growth, Johns Island may get its own representative on Charleston City Council. Making that change could cost a sitting council member their seat. The island is now in District 5, which also spans much of outer West Ashley and is currently represented by Councilman Karl Brady, who lives in West Ashley.

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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 a whole bunch of Democrats having a good time!

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. Stay tuned for more information, or buy your ticket by clicking on the button below.

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Lawsuit Regarding SC District Lines

A court case challenging SC House districts began October 3. According to The State, “the new map significantly reduced the percentage of Black voters in [one] district — albeit not enough to eliminate their considerable say in the candidate elected — but did not reapportion the other six districts in a way that provided Black voters any real influence…” This is an ongoing case, but more can be read below.

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Update on the South Carolina and Proposed Nationwide Abortion Bans

The South Carolina State House and State Senate have both passed their own versions of a ban on abortion and are curently negotiating over which ban to pass into law. Both legislative chambers agree on providing very limited carveouts to their bans and both completely ban abortion after 12 weeks. The House most recently refused to endorse the Senate’s ban on grounds that the Senate’s ban was not as extreme as its own ban. Negotiations will continue until the two chambers come to a consensus.

Additionally, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has proposed a nationwide ban on abortion after 15 weeks. Individual states like South Carolina would be allowed to pass even more restrictive bans. Senator Graham’s ban does not currently have the votes to pass; however, the US Senate is currently split 50/50 between Democrats and Republicans and a shift of a single seat in the US Senate could allow Republicans to bring abortion bans up for a vote.

Please contact your state and federal representatives to share your opinion about this subject.

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Contact Your Federal Senators About Nationwide Abortion Bans

Candidate Highlight: Chardale Murray

State Legislature, House District 116: (Parts of Ravenel, Hollywood, Meggett, West Ashley, Johns Island, Wadmalaw Island, and Edisto Island)

Chardale has always called the Lowcountry home. She was born in Hollywood, South Carolina, and raised here by her parents, Lorraine and Charlie Murray, Sr. After graduating from Baptist Hill High School, she went to Talladega College – where she became a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – before coming to the University of South Carolina to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

During her time at the State House, she has been a strong advocate of economic growth that supports good-paying jobs, better access to affordable, high-quality health care – including Medicaid expansion, improvements in local infrastructure like roads and broadband internet connectivity, strengthened trade programs and job training, and creating more affordable housing. She has filed legislation to provide income tax credits to broadband providers who give discounts to families with children who need internet access for their education and a bill to require nursing homes to assist their residents with voter registration and absentee voting.

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Candidate Highlight: Rosemounda “Peggy” Butler

Secretary of State

Rosemounda “Peggy” Percell-Butler dedicates her life to public service through her role as a Community Activist. Peggy was the first African American elected to city council in the city of West Columbia, South Carolina in 1993, serving until 2005. She was also the first female Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of West Columbia, SC.

During her tenure, she was elected to the National League Board of Directors (NLC) by her peers., in 2005. She served as the Regional Director for South Carolina while serving on the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Board of Directors (NBC-LEO). Peggy was Chair of South Carolina’s Conference of Black Municipal Elected Officials (CBMEO). She also served as Chair of the Lexington County Municipal Elected Officials. The former Raleigh Street Park was officially changed to the Rosemounda Percell-Butler Community Park. Her name is also located on the cornerstone of the West Columbia City Hall Administration Building.

As a United States Disabled Army Veteran, Peggy is passionate about ensuring that those with disabilities are respected and their rights protected through accessibility as well as inclusion in education, employment, and every aspect of life. Peggy also wants to ensure better health care choices for veterans and service members who have served and fought for our country.

She is passionate about women’s rights and protections.

Peggy Butler believes there is a much larger problem with gun violence than just mental illness, and it’s time to have a serious discussion about real change.

Find Peggy Online:

Donate to Peggy Butler’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.

Upcoming Events

Knock on Doors for Michelle Brandt Volunteers for Michelle Brandt (SC House District 114) will be getting together on Saturday, October 15 at 12:00 Noon to knock on the doors of voters in West Ashley. We’re going to be reaching out to voters to let them know about Michelle and to provide necessary voting information. We could use your help, even if you live outside of District 114. We’ll be working in pairs and you are very welcome to bring a friend; however, we’ll also match solo volunteers up and we can pair you up with a veteran canvasser if you’d prefer to let them do most of the talking!

RSVP at the address below to receive the meeting location and additional instructions. RSVP Here>
Meet & Greet Rep. Chardale MurrayLet’s get Democrats elected up and down the ballot! Wadmalaw Community Centerm 
Blue Jamboree
This 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 VillageBuy Your Ticket Here> 
THU NOV17 6:30PM
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 LibraryRSVP Here>
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

Make Phone Calls to Charleston VotersWe’re calling Charleston County voters to make sure they have a plan to vote for Democrats in November. You can call any day, between 11 and 8, from the comfort of your own home. Or have some friends over and make calls together. It’s up to you! RSVP Here>
Volunteer to Get out the Vote! We need to Get Out the Vote NOW! Can you help out? We’ll put you in contact with your local precinct leaders(s), who right now are organizing a postcard-writing campaign. If you’ve never volunteered before, this is a great way to start out. There are options for you to help out at your own home, or you can gather and socialize in other GOTV activities. RSVP Here>

2022 Candidate Information


State Level Offices:
Joe Cunningham (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)

U.S. Senate:
Krystle Matthews (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)

Secretary of State: 
Rosemounda “Peggy” Butler (WebsiteFacebookTwitterDonations)

State Superintendent of Education:
Lisa Ellis (WebsiteInstagramTwitterDonations)

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

Majority Whip James “Jim” E. Clyburn (Website;  Instagram;  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 (WebsiteFacebookDonations)
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 to arrange a drop off time.



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


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