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 has formally announced his candidacy as a Democratic candidate for 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 beloved pup, Teddy.


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U.S. Congress, SC-1

TOBY SMITH

Toby Smith born in Charleston, SC but grew up in Philadelphia, PA. She's a graduate of USC, Columbia, and has done graduate work at American University. Toby began her professional career at the Central Intelligence Agency in the winter of 1987, where she served domestically and abroad. Her slogan is "Our voice. Our vote. Our future."


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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 109

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 110

BEN POGUE

Ben Pogue is a successful attorney with a private practice in Downtown Charleston. He is a resident of Mount Pleasant and has worked and lived in this community for more than 20 years. Ben and his wife, Nina, have three children who were all born in Mount Pleasant and graduated from Charleston County Public Schools.


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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 112

JOE PRESTON

Joe is a husband, father, and former firefighter who will fight for our children’s education, competent and responsible development, and fight the culture of corruption in state government. He lives on the Isle of Palms with his wife, Katie Dyer-Preston and their two sons.


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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 115

CAROL TEMPEL

Carol is the president-elect of the SC Association of University Women. She has served as the Chair of the Constituent School Board on James Island for 6 years and owned her own business for 10. Previously, Carol served as a curriculum specialist in math, science and technology for Charleston County Schools and as the Principal of the Academic Magnet High School, one of the top schools in the nation.


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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 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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CHARLESTON COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS

PATRICK BELL

A commercial real estate broker and investor for more than 20 years, Patrick Bell is the outgoing chairperson of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® Legislative Committee and is a current committee member. He also serves on the South Carolina Association of Realtors® Legislative Committee and Chairs their Affordable Housing Taskforce. In 2014, he was appointed to the Charleston County Planning Commission, where he chairs the Short Term Rental Committee and serves on the Affordable Housing Committee.  Always the community servant and industry advocate, Patrick is constantly focused on improving our community through responsible real estate sales, development, and renovation.


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