CCDP: We’re Announcing the Featured Speaker for the Blue Jamboree!

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We Have Some Great Speakers for Next Weekend’s Blue Jamboree!

We are excited to announce some of the featured speakers for the Blue Jamboree next Saturday Oct 22.

First, we have Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17)! Rep. Ro Khanna is a leading progressive voice in the House working to democratize the digital economy, bring advanced manufacturing jobs to factory towns, and advance U.S. leadership on climate, human rights, and diplomacy around the world. 

SC Gubernatorial Candidate Joe Cunningham will also be speaking. Joe is very familiar to Charleston County: He served as an attorney in West Ashley before flipping the US 1st House District from nearly 40 years of Republican control. He served as our federal congressman (US House District 1) from 2019-2021. We will also be hearing from DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison. Jaime ran an exciting US Senate race againg Republican Lindsey Graham in 2020 and currently serves as the head of the national Democratic party.

Additionally, we will be hearing from our candidates for the federal Congress: Dr. Annie Andrews (House District 1) and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (House District 6). Other local candidates and leaders will also speak and be available to attendees of the Blue Jamboree.

In addition to meeting and listening to a schedule packed full of leaders, you should prepare to enjoy local food trucks and live music at the Blue Jamboree. Additionally, you will want to save time to wander through the Blue Jam Village: there you will be connected with Charleston-area candidates, businesses and non-profits.

There is still time to become a sponsor or get a table in the Blue Jam Village!Click here for more info.

Hosted at the Jenkins Youth & Family Village in North Charleston, the Blue Jamboree provides gorgeous views of the Ashley River and the companionship of Democrats from throughout the Lowcountry. This is the place to go to learn more about volunteering for local candidates, to find opportunities to assist voters, or to simply become inspired to vote this Election.

Click here for more general info about the Blue Jamboree, or buy your ticket now at the link below!

Blue Jamboree Tickets

Early Voting Begins Soon!

Election Day is on Tuesday Nov 8, however, we encourage you to vote during South Carolina’s Early Voting period.

Early Voting will be offered:
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Monday Oct 24 – Saturday Oct 29
Monday Oct 31 – Saturday Nov 5
No Sundays, No Monday Nov 7

Early Voting will be available at a limited number of locations throughout Charleston County:

You will need to bring your photo ID with you; however, now you no longer need to provide a reason to vote early. Voting early will allow you to bypass the longer lines on Election Day (Nov 8), mobile voting is available at each location, you are allowed to early vote at the most convenient location for yourself, and voting early is highly encouraged for everybody!

You can contact the Charleston Board of Elections with any questions.

CCDP Office Hours

Be sure to stop by the Charleston County Democratic Party Office in West Ashley to pick up a yard sign or learn more about volunteering before Election Day. The Office is open:

Tuesdays 12:30 to 3:00 pm
Wednesdays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursdays 2:30 to 6:00 pm
Fridays 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Candidate Highlight: Donna Brown NewtonState Legislature, House District 80Mt Pleasant

Donna is a lifelong resident of Mt. Pleasant, where she now lives with her son and grandson. In 2012, Donna received her Bachelor of Science from Southern Wesleyan University with a concentration in business. Early in her career, Donna discovered a passion for education and assisting students in public schools. For the next 25 years she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the offices of Special Education, Guidance, and Counseling Services. Donna has served on Charleston County Disabilities Board for four years and is currently serving on the Charleston County Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee.

She also serves on the Snowden Community Civic Association Board where she works tirelessly to improve the essential quality of life for the residents in her community by obtaining access to wastewater services.

Find Donna Online:

Donate to Donna’s Campaign

Candidate Highlight: Majority Whip James “Jim” E. ClyburnUS House, District 6: North Charleston, Ladson, Charleston Peninsula, West Ashley, Hollywood, Adams Run, Parkers Ferry, and areas outside of Charleston County.

James E. Clyburn is the Majority Whip and the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives.  He previously served in the post from 2007 to 2011 and served as Assistant Democratic Leader from 2011 to 2019.

When he came to Congress in 1993 to represent South Carolina’s sixth congressional district, Congressman Clyburn was elected co-president of his freshman class and quickly rose through leadership ranks. He was subsequently elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Vice Chair, and later Chair, of the House Democratic Caucus.

As a national leader, he has championed rural and economic development and many of his initiatives have become law.  His 10-20-30 federal funding formula was included in four sections of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Congressman Clyburn is also a passionate supporter of historic preservation and restoration programs.  His efforts have restored scores of historic buildings and sites on the campuses of historically black colleges and universities.  His legislation created the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, elevated the Congaree National Monument to a National Park, and established the Reconstruction Era National Monument in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Jim and his late wife, Emily England Clyburn, met as students at South Carolina State and were married for 58 years.

Find Jim Online:

Donate to Majority Whip Clyburn’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!

Upcoming Events

Meet & Greet Rep. Chardale Murray
Let’s get Democrats elected up and down the ballot! Wadmalaw Community Center 
WED OCT19 7:30 PM
Annie Andrews Debate Watch Party
Join other Democrats to cheer on and watch Dr. Annie Andrews debate Republican Nancy Mace for the US House seat in District 1 at Hobcaw Brewing Company.

Democrat Annie Andrews lives in Mt Pleasant, has practiced as a pediatrician at MUSC since 2009, and has conducted extensive research and advocacy around gun violence and other issues impacting Lowcountry families. Republican Nancy Mace lives on Daniel Island and worked as a consultant and in the SC House before being elected as the Representative for the US 1st House District. Hobcaw Brewing CompanyRSVP Here> 
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> 
WED OCT26 6:30 PM
Governor’s Debate 
Democrat and Joe Cunningham will be debating Republican Henry McMaster on Wednesday Oct 26 at 7:00 pm.

Joe Cunningham is a lawyer and former engineer who served as the Representative from the Charleston-based US 1st Congressional District. Henry McMaster is a lawyer and has served as governor of South Carolina since 2017. 

Be sure to watch the debate on SC ETV, or catch a livestream of the debate on or SC ETV’s Facebook and YouTube channel. 
WED OCT26 6:30 PM
St Pauls Democrats October Meeting 
The St. Pauls Democrats Club invites you to attend its monthly meeting on October 26 at 6:30 pm.You can join us in several ways: in person at St. John Baptist Church, 5676 Ellington School Rd., Ravenel; or, virtually, via Zoom video or conference call. St John Baptist ChurchRSVP Here> 
WED NOV 27 PM State Superintendent of Education Debate 
Democrat Lisa Ellis will be debating Republican Ellen Weaver on Nov 2 at 6:30 pm.

Lisa Ellis has been teaching middle- and high-school students since 2001, founded SC for Ed, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Arts, and a Master of Science degrees in fields related to education. Ellen Weaver works at a conservative think tank, holds a Bachelors degree in a field unrelated to education, and has promised to complete a Masters degree that she recently started.

Holding a Masters degree is a legal requirement for the job of Superintendent.

Be sure to watch the debate on SC ETV, or catch a livestream of the debate on or SC ETV’s Facebook and YouTube channel. 
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 (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 (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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