Democratic Candidates

Learn more about our current lineup of Democratic candidates for upcoming elections.
Interested in becoming a candidate? Email: chair@charlestondemocrats.com

 

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U.S. Congress, SC-1

JOE CUNNINGHAM

Local attorney and ocean engineer Joe Cunningham proudly represents South Carolina's First Congressional District. Along with his wife, Amanda, he co-owns Soul Yoga + Wellness in West Ashley, where they live with their adorable new son Boone and their beloved pup, Teddy.


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U.S. Congress, SC-6

REP. JIM CLYBURN

James E. (Jim) Clyburn was born and raised in Sumter, the eldest son of a fundamentalist minister and a cosmetologist. Jim ran for the Sixth Congressional seat in 1992 and became South Carolina’s first African American to serve in Congress in nearly 100 years. In 2007, he became the first South Carolinian to serve as House Majority Whip. With Democrats now in the minority in the House, Jim serves in the number three position for his party – Assistant Democratic Leader.  Being in the Leadership has enabled him to have a seat at the table when decisions are being made in Washington and make sure the needs of South Carolinians are considered.


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S.C. HOUSE, DISTRICT 15

REP. JA MOORE

The son of a cherished S.C. civil rights leader, Representative JA Moore has spent his entire life associated with and involved in public service. “Growing up in rural South Carolina actually has prepared me for all of the things I have been involved in over the past decade. It grounded me in my values and respect for others.” JA currently serves in the statehouse representing District 15.


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S.C. HOUSE, DISTRICT 109

REP. DAVID MACK

Representative David Mack was first elected to the S.C. Statehouse in 1996. He earned his B.S. from Howard University in 1975. Mack is the President of Sunrise Communications of Charleston. He is also a Radio Talk Show Host, Healthcare Consultant and Businessman.


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S.C. HOUSE, DISTRICT 111

REP. WENDELL GILLIARD

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, he served as United Steel Workers Local Union President for 15 years and on Charleston City Council for 11 years.


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S.C. HOUSE, DISTRICT 113

REP. MARVIN PENDARVIS 

Marvin grew up in the Charleston Farms neighborhood of North Charleston, South Carolina, in the heart of House District 113.  He is a product of the public schools in Charleston County, graduating at the top of his class at Garrett Academy of Technology in 2007. We are proud to support Marvin as he seeks re-election to SC-113.


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S.C. HOUSE, DISTRICT 116

REP. ROBERT BROWN

Representative Brown is running for re-election after serving 14 years representing District 116 which encompasses the western portion of Charleston County and the southeastern portion of Colleton County. He is a retired nuclear submarine electrical system inspector, a businessman, owner of RLB Development, LLC and a Vietnam veteran. He serves on the Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corporation board of directors, is a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., and has served as councilman, planning and zoning commissioner and chairman of the Economic Development Committee for the town of Hollywood.


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S.C. HOUSE, DISTRICT 117

REP. KRYSTLE SIMMONS

As a mother of five and a volunteer teen mentor, Representative Krystle Simmons is deeply passionate about her community and how the decisions made in Columbia are affecting the families in Charleston and Berkeley counties. For 10 years, Krystle has worked with the Boeing Company in North Charleston and is a proud member of Faith Assembly Church.


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S.C. HOUSE, DISTRICT 119

REP. LEON STAVRINAKIS

Leon has served in the General Assembly since 2007. Prior to that, he served as Chairman of Charleston County Council and as a local prosecutor. He has been voted Legislator of the Year by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Charleston’s Maritime Association of South Carolina, while also maintaining a 95% lifetime pro-environment voting record and receiving repeated endorsements by the Conservation Voters of South Carolina.


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