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January 29, 2020

Biden for President Announces Nearly 200 South Carolina Educators for Biden

Columbia, SC – Today, Biden for President announced South Carolina Educators for Biden, which includes a chorus of nearly 200 educators from across the state who are endorsing Joe Biden for President. Palmetto State educators are announcing their support for Vice President Biden, citing his long record of demonstrated support for public schools, teachers, and students. 

Biden has released a robust education plan that would invest in every child at birth, provide a path to careers for middle and high school students, provide more resources to schools, and give educators the pay and respect they deserve. 

Last year, thousands of South Carolina educators courageously marched to the state capitol to demand just that from state lawmakers. Since then they have united and organized behind local leaders who prioritize an education policy that comes from the classroom. This group will undoubtedly boost our campaign’s grassroots efforts on the ground with nearly 30 days left until South Carolina’s primary. 

Biden for President also named former Governor and Secretary of Education Dick Riley, former State Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum, and other education leaders as co-chairs of the campaign’s South Carolina Educators for Biden effort.  

“Joe and I are grateful for every leader who stands by us in this race, but as a teacher myself, I am especially proud of the many educators who have joined our campaign,” said Dr. Jill Biden. “Joe understands that the best education policy doesn't come from politics —it comes from classrooms and the educators who do this work every day. He will honor our profession with the respect and dignity it deserves —and that includes appointing a Secretary of Education who has public classroom experience.”

“I’m proud to stand with Joe Biden once again in the fight to improve our nation's education system and support our country’s educators,” said Dick Riley, former South Carolina Governor and former U.S. Secretary of Education. “He was an excellent partner in the Senate during my time in the Clinton Administration.  I am confident a Joe Biden administration will not rest until every child, no matter their zip code or the color of their skin, has access to a high- quality education.  Joe understands the necessity of making quality education accessible to everyone.  With Joe as president and Dr. Jill Biden as first lady, teachers, and students will have two true education advocates in the White House.”

“In his decades of public service, Joe Biden has always remained laser focused on providing students and educators the resources they need to succeed, said Inez Tenenbaum, Former State Superintendent of Education and Obama-Biden Administration Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “As the husband of a teacher, he knows the challenges facing the education system and has a bold plan to address it.”  

South Carolina Educators for Biden Co-Chairs include:

  • Dick Riley, Former Governor and Secretary of Education
  • Inez Tenenbaum, Former State Superintendent of Education and Obama-Biden Administration Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Yolanda Anderson, Richland District One School Board Commissioner 
  • Dr. Teresa Holmes, Richland District Two School Board Member 
  • Michael Coachman, Marlboro School Board Member 
The full list of South Carolina Educators for Biden includes:

  • Susan Alexander, Summerville
  • Donna Allen, North Myrtle Beach
  • Iman Alston, North Charleston
  • Katherine Baker, Myrtle Beach
  • Mary Barber, Catawba
  • Doris Barnes, Elloree
  • Lethonia Barnes, Florence
  • Rene Barnhardt, Myrtle Beach
  • Judith Beazley, West Columbia
  • Laureen Billingsley, Columbia
  • Jennifer Bishop, Columbia
  • Vivyette Black, Greenville
  • James Bowden, Fort Mill
  • Lakeshia Brown, Orangeburg
  • Candace Bruder-Brasseur, Beaufort
  • Elsie Butler, Greenville
  • Angela Calhoun, Conway
  • James Clark, Greenville
  • Valeria Cleveland, Columbia
  • Judith Cline, Daniel Island
  • Carol Leigh Conwellgodfrey, Greer
  • Linda Cook, North Charleston
  • Patricia Corley, Columbia
  • Ruby Cue, Myrtle Beach
  • Janette Davenport, Batesburg
  • Norma Davis, Charleston
  • Debbie Davis, North Charleston
  • Joanne Devito, Summerville
  • Edna Dewitt, Conway
  • Joan Diaz, Bluffton
  • Laverne Diggs, Aiken
  • Dana Earl-Bruno, North Myrtle Beach
  • Mary Edwards, Greenville
  • Jill Ellenburg, Charleston
  • Lydia Elmore, Laurens
  • Gloria Elmore, Orangeburg
  • Rosa Epps, Gray Court
  • Mary Everette, Hollywood
  • Willie Everette, Sr., Hollywood
  • Etta Ferguson, North Charleston
  • Francis Fernandes, Wilmington
  • Debi Filomarino, Summerville
  • Kristen Fink, West Columbia
  • William Fitzmaurice, Surfside Beach
  • Laura Flint, Murrells Inlet
  • Frances Floyd, Marion
  • Leon Fludd, Orangeburg
  • Bonnie Fogle, Saint Matthews
  • Barry French, Conway
  • Lynne French, Conway
  • Veronica Fuller, Orangeburg
  • Alexander Garcia, Easley
  • Hermenia Gardner, Gaffney
  • Carla Gaskill, Pawleys Island
  • Frank Gaskill, Pawleys Island
  • Michael Gavins, Darlington
  • Lois Gethers, Charleston
  • Leslie Gilreath, Summerville
  • Willi Glee, Charleston
  • Nancy Glenn, Columbia
  • Brittany Glover, North Augusta
  • Darlean Gordon, Greenville
  • Kim Gray, Rock Hill
  • Jalysa Green, Graniteville
  • Zackery Green, North
  • Maryellen Greene, Daniel Island
  • Cathy Gugino, Little River
  • John Haffner, Goose Creek
  • Deborah Hailey, Orangeburg
  • Priscilla Hall, Greenville
  • Susan Hall, Little River
  • Cynthia Hall, Columbia
  • Althea Hallwhite, North Charleston
  • Julie Hamilton, Moore
  • James Hannon, Orangeburg
  • Arthur Hansen, Hilton Head Island
  • Nathaniel Harrison, Columbia
  • Jerry Hartsfield, Columbia
  • Allison Hendricks, Myrtle Beach
  • Donna Hinton, Latta
  • Kenneth Hoffman, Beaufort
  • Linda Hoffman, Beaufort
  • Cobin Holmes, Winnsboro
  • Clare Hoole, Pawleys Island
  • Erica Hunter, Laurens
  • Allen Hurst, Rock Hill
  • Terry Irick, Orangeburg
  • Melody, Irvin, Bluffton
  • Brandon Irvin, Hilton Head Island
  • Carletta Isreal, Kingstree
  • Janon Jackson, Beaufort
  • Valerie Lynn Jackson, Beaufort
  • Ronnie James, Coward
  • Jeanette Jeffrey, Orangeburg
  • Velma Jenkins, Rock Hill
  • Patricia Jones, Moncks Corner
  • Barbara Jones, Jenkinsville
  • Lavern Keitt, Orangeburg
  • Terry Kitts Rivera, Greer
  • Eileen Klang, Galivants Ferry
  • Dave Landeo, Mount Pleasant
  • Robert Larmon, III, West Columbia
  • Suzanne Lee, Columbia
  • Mary Leiter, Myrtle Beach
  • Lisa Lemen, Hilton Head Island
  • Charles Little, Charleston
  • David Lucas, Orangeburg
  • Gwendolyn Manigault, North Charleston
  • Karen Mann, Simpsonville
  • Patricia Martin, Conway
  • Ruth McAllister, Greer
  • Tamisala McCrorey, Rock Hill
  • Lucille McCruel, Rock Hill
  • Ruby McKenzie, Greenville
  • Kirby McZeke, Loris
  • Mary Means, Spartanburg
  • Mary Means, Spartanburg
  • Gary Minck, Georgetown
  • Mary Morabito, Pawleys Island
  • Karin Morrow, Bluffton
  • John Mosier, Summerville
  • Melissa Myers, Summerville
  • Ginger Nelson, Columbia
  • Todd Nelson, Columbia
  • Barbara Nesbitt, Charleston
  • Teanne Oehler, Myrtle Beach
  • Noreen Oreilly-Hancheck, Conway
  • Jackelline Owens, Greenville
  • Barbara Palmer, North Charleston
  • Roberta Papineau, Mount Pleasant
  • Donna Payne, Walterboro
  • Kaye Pendley, Williams
  • Hyacinth Phillips, Gaffney
  • Harriett Phillips, Spartanburg
  • Maryann Pineau, Lugoff
  • Thomalind Polite, North Charleston
  • Samella Porter, Bamberg
  • Maryann Pracht, Hilton Head Island
  • Andrew Pracht, Hilton Head Island
  • Paul Pritchard, Mount Pleasant
  • Rebecca Pritchard, Mount Pleasant
  • Helen Proctor, Spartanburg
  • Bridgette Quiller, Graniteville
  • Cynthia Rainey, Lexington
  • Randall Reed, Columbia
  • Sada Reid, North Charleston
  • Tiereney Richardson, Columbia
  • Rosalind Robinson, Spartanburg
  • Gloria Rosemond, Gaffney
  • Christine Sanders, Charleston
  • Janice Schuppert, Hilton Head Island
  • Elayne Scott, St Helena Island
  • Susan Abbe Shapiro, Indian Land
  • Harry Shealy, Aiken
  • Margaret Shealy, Aiken
  • Steve Silver, Charleston
  • Jacqeline Simpkins, Johnston
  • Martha Sinclair, Columbia
  • Evelyn Singleton, Orangeburg
  • Dot Skipper, Marion
  • William Smith St Helena Island
  • Jasmine Smith, Johns Island
  • Steven Smith, Gaffney
  • Ernestine Smith, Quinby
  • Deloris Smith, Orangeburg
  • Mildred Smith, Rock Hill
  • Gwendolyn Snider, Orangeburg
  • Saint Julian Snider, Sr., Orangeburg
  • Naomi Stanley, Gaffney
  • Elena Strauman, Charleston
  • Brittaney Sullivan, Goose Creek
  • Beverly Sullivan, Pawleys Island
  • Delois Swinger, Simpsonville
  • Edgar Taylor, Laurens
  • Hope Taylor, Rock Hill
  • Tanya Teich, Mt Pleasant
  • Duane Thomas, Bluffton
  • Sheila Thompson, Greenville
  • Melissa Joy Turbeville, Conway
  • Mary Ulmer, Cameron
  • Destiny Walker, Aiken
  • Bertha Washington, Saint Stephen
  • Oneathia Washington, North Charleston
  • Elizabeth Washington, Vance
  • Tawain Watts, Beaufort
  • Elizabeth Wenner, Wadmalaw Island
  • Paul Westin, Taylors
  • Crandall White, Orangeburg
  • Angela Williams, Gaffney
  • Peggy Williams-Grimes, Allendale
  • Kathleen Witkowski, Hilton Head Island
  • Loretta Wooden, Columbia
  • Sylvia Wright, Summerville
  • Craig Young, Greenville
This list of educators add to the more than 160 current and former elected officials, community activists, and faith leaders in South Carolina now backing Joe Biden. Nationally, Biden for President has announced more than 1,100 endorsements from national, state and local leaders, including current and former U.S. senators and representatives, governors, state elected officials, community leaders, and national security professionals.

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January 28, 2020

South Carolina Democratic Leaders Marguerite Willis and Melissa Watson Endorse Joe Biden

Willis and Watson previously served as  co-chairs of Senator Kamala Harris’ South Carolina campaign

Today, two South Carolina Democratic leaders, Marguerite Willis and Melissa Watson, endorsed Joe Biden for President of the United States. Willis is a former candidate for governor, Florence attorney, president of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, and an outspoken advocate for equal pay in the Palmetto State. Watson is a candidate for South Carolina’s 7th congressional district, the former 2nd Vice Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, and a public school teacher. Both Willis and Watson formerly served as co-chairs of Senator Kamala Harris’ South Carolina campaign. 

“Senator Harris was a critical voice in this race and we owe her a great deal of gratitude, but it is time for us to unite around one candidate —one candidate who can beat Donald Trump,” said former candidate for governor and Florence attorney, Marguerite Willis. “There are a lot of great ideas in this primary, but we need more than ideas —we need results. Figuratively, my house is on fire right now. And, I don’t need a full remodel or even new furniture while it continues to burn. I need someone who can put the fire out. Our country is torn apart and we need a president who can stop the burning and heal. That’s what I see in Joe Biden, someone who can immediately repair the damage Donald Trump has caused. Joe often says that character is on the ballot this year and I couldn’t agree more. We are known by the company we keep, and Joe is the right person at such a critical moment.” 

“Following Kamala Harris’ departure from the race, the first thing that drew me to Joe Biden was his wife and teacher, Dr. Jill Biden. I’m a public school teacher and I feel confident that with Dr. Biden at his side we will finally have a true advocate for education in the White House,” said Berkeley County Democratic Party Chair Melissa Watson. Now is the time for us to make a choice. Joe Biden is the one who can get things done. With growing conflicts abroad made worse by Donald Trump, we need someone with a cool, level headed grasp on foreign policy. Joe Biden has the respect from leaders around the world and his experience knows no match.” 

“And finally, we have to remember that at the end of all of this we need to be united as one. I think the best person to do that is Joe Biden. I think he has proved a lot of people wrong. He’s shown he can weather a storm and he has what it takes to beat Donald Trump- the darkest storm of all,” Watson said. 

Willis and Watson add to the growing support and diverse coalition of Palmetto State leaders who have previously announced their support for Joe Biden, including more than 20 state lawmakers; dozens of mayors, community activists, and local elected officials; and more than 100 pastors and faith leaders. 

Nationally, Biden for President has announced more than 1,100 endorsements from national, state and local leaders, including current and former U.S. senators and representatives, governors, state elected officials, community leaders, and national security professionals.

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January 23, 2020

South Carolina First Judicial Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe Endorses Joe Biden 

Orangeburg, South Carolina — Today,  South Carolina First Judicial Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe released the following statement endorsing Joe Biden for President of the United States: 

“I’ve seen a lot of candidates come in and out of  my Circuit (Orangeburg, Dorchester, and Calhoun Counties)  to make their pitch to my constituents, but none like Joe Biden. I have known Joe personally for over a decade and followed his career for over thirty years. He is the most decent man I have ever met in American politics. Joe is a hard working public servant, but the way he delicately balances work and family is something every public official should strive to accomplish.

“Joe has been a role model of mine for many years. He is someone my sons look up to. And that is exactly what we so desperately need in the White House, someone our children can look up to and who puts service above self. I have never seen our country more divided in my lifetime than it is right now. I am all in for Joe because he can bring us together right away.  For these reasons and more, Joe is the first and only candidate I have ever endorsed for public office.” 

Pascoe’s endorsement comes just days after his annual campaign Oyster Roast and Fish Fry, which has hosted presidential, statewide and local candidates for years. 

Pascoe joins more than 160 current and former elected officials, community activists, and faith leaders in South Carolina now backing Joe Biden. Nationally, Biden for President has announced more than 1,100 endorsements from national, state and local leaders, including current and former U.S. senators and representatives, governors, state elected officials, community leaders, and national security professionals.

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January 6, 2020

South Carolina State Senator Marlon Kimpson Endorses Joe Biden

Charleston, South Carolina — Today, South Carolina State Senator Marlon Kimpson, who represents a majority African American district in the Lowcountry, released the following statement endorsing Joe Biden for President of the United States: 

“If there is one thing I’ve learned during my time in public service, it’s that South Carolinians know authenticity when they see it. We know Joe Biden. We know his heart and his character are unwavering and because of that so is his support in the Palmetto state. Joe has remained unapologetically true to himself while opponents from every direction have tried to tear him down. 

“His experience is unmatched and his vision is bold, progressive, and achievable. He knows exactly what it will take to make his plans, like investing in under-resourced schools and protecting Obamacare, a reality for the American people. But what I think South Carolina voters appreciate most is that Joe w0n’t make a promise he can’t keep. 

“And it’s because of that, we know that Joe is the polar opposite of Donald Trump. He will bring us together, instead of tearing us apart. He is a true statesman who isn’t in this race for personal gain, but for his love of country.” 

Senator Kimpson is one of the most coveted endorsements in South Carolina. Notably, Kimpson has hosted a series of town halls with multiple presidential candidates throughout the Lowcountry. Kimpson is the 15th Democratic state lawmaker and 11th member of the Legislative Black Caucus to support Joe Biden.   

Biden for President has previously announced more than 1,000 endorsements, including more than 160 current and former elected officials, community activists and faith leaders in South Carolina. 
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December 18, 2019

Joe Biden’s South Carolina Faith Coalition Grows to More than 100 Pastors and Faith Leaders 

Today, Biden for President is announcing 62 South Carolina pastors and faith leaders are endorsing Joe Biden for President of the United States. The latest endorsements join 43 previously announced faith leaders, growing Biden’s faith coalition to 105 pastors and faith leaders from every region of the state. 

“A faith coalition this broad is unprecedented and isn’t limited to one denomination," said Rev. Michael McClain, South Carolina Faith Outreach Director, Biden for President. “South Carolina pastors and faith leaders are uniting around Joe Biden in record numbers because the very soul of our nation is at stake in this election and they know he is the only one who can restore it. In Joe Biden they see a leader who cares first about the least of these.”

“Our faith coalition will be critical to our campaign in the final 80 days before election day,” said Kendall Corley, South Carolina State Director, Biden for President. “Grassroots organizing in South Carolina often starts in the faith community. This unprecedented number of pastors and faith leaders supporting Joe Biden will undoubtedly give us a strong advantage on the ground.”

Today’s new endorsements include: 

  • Rev. Rebecca Asbell, Providence AME, Little Mountain
  • Rev. Willie Black, Bailey Bethel AME, Abbeville
  • Rev. J. Martin Bouler Sr., Red Oak AME Zion, Edgemoor
  • Rev. Tony Boyce, Mount Emmanuel Baptist, Greenville
  • Rev. Cecil Bromell, Macedonia Missionary Baptist, Darlington
  • Rev. Cynthia Brown, Joseph B. Bethea UMC, Myrtle Beach
  • Rev. Michael Buckson, Cedar Grove AME, Orangeburg
  • Dr. Walter Butler, St. Paul Missionary Baptist, Lexington
  • Rev. Michael Butler, New Hope Baptist, Greenwood
  • Bishop C.K. Butler, Sr., The House of God North Union Heights, North Charleston
  • Rev. Coleman Cannon, Cedar Fall Baptist, Blenheim
  • Dr. Ralph Canty, Savannah Grove Baptist, Effingham
  • Rev. Gayle Coker, Trinity Baptist, Columbia
  • Rev. Johnny Davis, Weeping Willow Baptist, Marion
  • Rev. Eddie Davis, Little Zion Baptist, Blythewood
  • Rev. Michell Dickerson-Washington, Daughters of Destiny Women's Alliance Ministries, Mullins
  • Rev. Otis Dorsey, Mount Ararat AME, Nesmith
  • Rev. James Dukes, Olive Branch Baptist, North Augusta
  • Rev. Rodney Edmond, Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist, Edgefield
  • Rev. Annette Edwards, Old Field Bethel AME, Greenwood
  • Rev. Ricky Ezell, Central Baptist, Columbia
  • Rev. Yvonne Feaster, St. John AME, Winnsboro
  • Bishop Kenny Foxworth, Abundant Life Church of the Living God, Loris
  • Rev. Thomas Gibson, St. Matthews Baptist, Eastover
  • Rev. Eric Ginyard, Shady Grove AME, Blythewood
  • Rev. Anne Godfrey, Greater St. James AME, Conway
  • Rev. Amos O. Harling, Jr., St. Mark Missionary Baptist, Leesville
  • Rev. Mack T. Hines, St. Paul Baptist, Mullins
  • Bishop Frederick James, Columbia
  • Rev. William Johnson, Taw Caw Baptist, Summerton
  • Rev. Milton Key, Pleasant Grove Baptist, Bowling Green
  • Rev. Marcus King, Metropolitan AME Zion, Gaffney
  • Rev. Clifford Levine, Bethel AME, Ravenel
  • Rev. Jose Lozamo, New Hope AME, Pinewood
  • Rev. Melvin Mack, Rafting Creek Baptist, Rembert
  • Bishop Oliver T. McCray, Morris Chapel Baptist, Greenwood
  • Rev. Ronald McFadden, Bethany AME, Jonesville
  • Rev. Eddie Moore, St. John Baptist, Camden
  • Rev. Raye Nelson, St. Luke AME, Lone Star
  • Rev. James Oliver, Shiloh AME, Manning
  • Rev. Jatorin Owens, Sr., First Seewee Missionary Baptist, Awendaw
  • Rev. Tony Paige, Tabernacle AME, Marion
  • Rev. Ray Pilgrim, St. Vaughnville Baptist, Chappells
  • Rev. Jimmy L. Ravenel Sr., Charity AME, Huger
  • Rev. McKinley Ravenell, Elem Missionary Baptist, Eutawville
  • Rev. A.C. Robbinson, Pleasant Grove Baptist, Marion
  • Dr. William Salley, Jerusalem Baptist, Charleston
  • Rev. Milton E. Scott, New Home Baptist, Moncks Corner
  • Rev. Thessa Smith, Trinity, Mt. Carmel and Mays UMC, Greenwood
  • Dr. Hirm Spain, St Mark Baptist Church, Columbia
  • Rev. Eugene Thomas, Pleasant Grove Baptist, Darlington
  • Rev. Freddie Thomas, Mount Bethel Baptist, Rembert
  • Rev. Johnny Vereen, St. Luke AME, Georgetown
  • Rev. Jesse Washington, Zion Chapel Baptist #1, Columbia
  • Rev. Danny Webb, Old Mount Zion Baptist, Greenwood
  • Presiding Elder Reid R.White, Jr., AME Zion Palmetto Conference, Camden-Columbia District, Columbia
  • Dr. Ronnie Williams, Generostee Baptist, Starr
  • Rev. Arnold Williams, Thankful Baptist, Bamberg
  • Presiding Elder Victor C. Wilson, AME Zion Palmetto Conference, Spartanburg District, Spartanburg
  • Rev. Forrest Woodard, Sr., Wilson Chapel AME Zion, Sharon
  • Rev. Darryl Woodberry, Mount Zion AME Church, Little River
  • Rev. Gregory Young, Mount Pisgah Baptist, Orangeburg
Previously announced members of Joe Biden’s South Carolina Faith Coalition include: 
  • Rev. J. Thomas Barber, Boyd Hill Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Rev. Ronnie Baxter, Union Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Rev. T.A. Belton, Zion Pilgrim Baptist, Winnsboro
  • Assoc. Minister Janice Belton-Byrd, Zion Pilgrim Baptist, Winnsboro
  • Elder Jennifer Bishop, First Lady, Grace Christian Church, Columbia
  • Rev. Aderia Black, Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist, Bishopville
  • Rev. Dr. James Blassingame, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist, Sumter
  • Rev. Dr. William Franklin Blue, Great Joy Baptist, McConnells
  • Rev. Charles L. Booker Jr., Mt. DoWell Baptist, McConnells
  • Rev. Damein Boyles, Retired, Columbia
  • Rev. Bernard Brown, Jerusalem Baptist, North Charleston
  • Presiding Elder Sharon Browning, New Rock Hill District AME Zion, Rock Hill
  • Rev. William Buie, First Calvary Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Rev. Reginald Byrden, Grace Fellowship Church, Columbia
  • Rev. Travien Capers, Zion Benevolent Baptist Church, Hopkins
  • Rev. Kenneth Cauthen, Mt. Nebo Baptist, Lancaster
  • Rev. James L. Coleman Jr., Second Calvary Baptist, Lancaster
  • Rev. James Durant, New Mt. Olive Baptist, Gadsden
  • Rev. Henry L. Edmonds, Union Baptist, Columbia
  • Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Floyd, Retired, Former President of Conway NAACP, Conway
  • Rev. Larry Floyd, Weeping Mary, McConnells
  • Rev. Dr. D.L. Grant, New Israel Baptist and Chapel Hill Baptist, Santee
  • Rev. Larkin Hancock, Bethlehem Baptist, Chester
  • Rev. Ina Culp Harris, Chestnut Grove AME Zion, Chester
  • Rev. Darrell Jackson, Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, Columbia 
  • Rev. David Jackson, Goodwill Baptist, Eastover
  • Dr. Sheila Koger, Sheila Koger Ministries, Columbia
  • Rev. Paulette Leak, Mt. Zion AME, Lancaster
  • Rev. Dr. John. T. McCoy, Nazareth Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Rev. George A. McCoy, Gold Hill Baptist, York
  • Rev. Debra Nash, James Chapel Baptist, Fort Mill
  • Rev. Johnny Ray Noble, Second Nazareth Baptist Church, Columbia
  • Rev. Lavenia Pride, Mt. Airwell Baptist, Blackstock
  • Rev. Ira Roddey, Retired, Rock Hill
  • Rev. Dr. J.W. Sanders Jr., Bethel Baptist, Gaffney
  • Rev. Timothy Simmons, Oak Grove Baptist, North Charleston
  • Rev. Sandra Sistare, Steel Hill AME Zion, Lancaster
  • Rev. Joe H. Steve Jr., Good Hope Missionary Baptist, Estill
  • Pastor Earl Stringfellow, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist, Fort Lawn
  • Reverend McKinley Washington, Retired and Former State Senator, Edisto Island
  • Pastor Dr. Lavern Witherspoon, Prodigal AME, Retired Prison Chaplain, Swansea
  • Pastor Charles Woods, Ebenezer Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Reverend Al Yates, Retired, Rock Hill
Today’s new faith leader endorsers have added their voices to a growing chorus of public support for Joe Biden’s campaign. They have joined more than 20 current and former state legislators, 11 mayors, and dozens of other community leaders across South Carolina who are publicly backing Joe Biden. Nationally, Biden for President has announced more than 900 endorsements from national, state and local leaders, including current and former U.S. senators and representatives, governors, state elected officials, community leaders, and national security professionals.

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December 17, 2019

South Carolina State Senator Darrell Jackson Announces Support for Joe Biden

Jackson Had Previously Endorsed Senator Kamala Harris

Columbia, South Carolina — Today, South Carolina State Senator Darrell Jackson announced his support of Joe Biden for President of the United States. Senator Jackson represents South Carolina’s 21st district, which includes much of Richland County, and serves as Senior Pastor of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, one of the state’s largest African American churches. Jackson had previously backed Senator Kamala Harris.

“Joe Biden is the best Democratic candidate to defeat Donald Trump — and that’s exactly what we need,” said State Senator Jackson. “I have seen his strength on display in the Palmetto State and I know we need to unite behind him.”

“We need a leader who requires no on-the-job training. With a resume that cannot be matched by anyone running, Joe is that leader — and the most prepared to be Commander in Chief.” 

“Throughout the campaign, he has taken everyone’s best shot and clearly demonstrated that he has what it takes to win this primary and the general election. Joe continues to show that he has the fight, fire, and strength to make Donald Trump a one-term president, which is in the best interest of this country and the citizens I represent.” 

Jackson joins more than 1oo current and former elected officials, community activists, and faith leaders in South Carolina now backing Joe Biden. Nationally, Biden for President has announced more than 900 endorsements from national, state and local leaders, including current and former U.S. senators and representatives, governors, state elected officials, community leaders, and national security professionals.

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December 11, 2019

Joe Biden Picks Up Support From 14 South Carolina Elected Officials and Community Leaders

Biden Reaches More Than 100 Endorsements in South Carolina

Today, fourteen local elected officials and community leaders representing several regions of the state are endorsing Joe Biden. More than 100 current and former elected officials, community activists, and faith leaders in South Carolina are now backing Biden for President of the United States.
 
“Our support is growing rapidly in South Carolina and it’s clear the momentum is overwhelmingly with Joe Biden in the Palmetto State,” said Kendall Corley, State Director, Biden for President. “These leaders are vital to our campaign because of how well each of them knows their community and the issues that matter to their voters. Their insight and guidance over the next 80 days and beyond will be what carries us across the finish line.” 
 
“It is incredibly important to me that the person we choose to take on Donald Trump can connect with voters from all sorts of backgrounds,” said Richland County Councilwoman Dalhi Myers. “Joe Biden is the only candidate with the broad and diverse coalition of support we need to win. We cannot afford to overlook how much is at stake in this election. If Donald Trump is re-elected, our country will never be the same.”
 
“I believe Joe Biden is the fighter we need in this battle for the soul of our nation,” said Former State Representative Vida Miller. “Donald Trump has done nothing but exploit our country’s deep divisions and has no interest in unifying the nation. We can only move forward if we come together, and we can do just that with Joe Biden’s strong and stable leadership.”
 
Today’s new endorsements include:

  • Cindy Boatwright, Former State House Candidate, Charleston
  • Michael Carter, Former County Sheriff, Georgetown
  • Alston DeVenny, Mayor of Lancaster
  • Richard Hricik, Attorney, Candidate for State Senate District 43, Mt. Pleasant
  • Lottie Lewis, Allendale City Council
  • Blaine Lotz, Former Democratic Party Chair, Beaufort County
  • Jonathan Miller, Councilman, Williamsburg
  • Vida Miller, Former State Representative, Georgetown
  • Dalhi Myers, Richland County Council
  • Archie Scott, Dillon County Council
  • Peter Tecklenberg, Charleston County Auditor
  • Eddie Woods Jr., Councilman, Williamsburg
  • Torrance Wilson, Councilman, Williamsburg
  • WB Wilson, Former Councilman, Williamsburg

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December 10, 2019

Former Richland County Council Chair Bernice G. Scott and the Renowned “Reckoning Crew” Endorse Joe Biden 

Columbia, South Carolina — Today, Biden for President announced former Richland County Council Chair Bernice G. Scott and her renowned grassroots volunteer and activist group, the “Reckoning Crew,” endorsed Joe Biden for President of the United States. The group had previously backed Senator Kamala Harris.  

Scott and the Reckoning Crew have been a strong force in grassroots organizing in South Carolina for more than 35 years. The group’s efforts have powered campaigns to sweeping victories for decades. 

“Joe Biden’s support in South Carolina, particularly amongst African American voters, is undeniable and unshakable,” said former Richland County Councilwoman Bernice Scott. “Throughout this race he has taken hits from every angle and come out stronger. He has proven to us that he has exactly what it takes to beat Donald Trump next year. 

“We previously supported Kamala Harris and believed her voice was an important one to have in this race but it’s time for us to unite as one and put all of our energy behind the candidate who will not only beat Donald Trump but knows how to fix what he’s broken on day one. And from there, we are confident Joe will continue to build on the history he made with Barack Obama.

“We plan on putting in the long days and long nights, working around the clock to get out the vote for Joe. We’ll be making phone calls and hitting the pavement going door-to-door talking to voters about what is at stake in this election. No one can afford to stay home- and they won’t if we have anything to do with it.”

Scott and the Reckoning Crew join more than 90 current and former elected officials, community activists and faith leaders in South Carolina now backing Joe Biden. Nationally, Biden for President has announced more than 825 endorsements from national, state and local leaders, including current and former U.S. senators and representatives, governors, state elected officials, community leaders, and national security professionals.

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December 3, 2019

South Carolina State Representative Marvin Pendarvis Announces Support for Joe Biden

North Charleston, South Carolina — Today, South Carolina State Representative Marvin Pendarvis, one of the youngest Democrats in the State House, released the following statement endorsing Joe Biden for President of the United States: 

“Throughout his campaign, Joe Biden has taken hits from every direction imaginable but is still standing strong. He has proven that he is tough and resilient, and that is resonating with young voters in South Carolina. I am a part of that younger generation that is learning that Joe Biden is someone who knows what it takes to make government work for the people again.

“Defeating Donald Trump is important to my constituents and I believe Joe Biden is the one to do it, not just because the polls say so but because of his record of service and the historic progress the Obama-Biden Administration made. From defeating the NRA and passing the Violence Against Women Act to working side-by-side with President Obama to lift our country out of the Great Recession and pass the historic Affordable Care Act— Joe Biden’s experience is unmatched.

“Donald Trump has sowed divisions in this country so deep that we are going to need someone who on day one can repair the damage the current administration has done. We don’t have time for on the job training. I believe that Joe Biden is not only the candidate who will successfully unite our party after this primary, but the country as a whole after Donald Trump.”

Pendarvis joins 18 current and former state lawmakers, marking the 88th endorsement for Biden for President in South Carolina, including mayors, city and county officials, school board members, and faith leaders from across the state. 

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ed. note: Pendarvis had announced his endorsement of Beto O'Rourke on Apr. 13; O'Rourke ended his campaign on Nov. 1.

....announced Sept. 12, 2019
Rep. Robert Q. Williams (District 62, Darlington)
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September 9, 2019 

Former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley Endorses Joe Biden 

Columbia, South Carolina — Today, Biden for President announced the endorsement of former South Carolina governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley. 

The two-term Democratic governor, who has long been hailed as South Carolina’s “education governor,” served as Secretary of Education under President Bill Clinton. 

As governor, Riley is known for spearheading South Carolina’s historic Education Improvement Act, which after its passage was called “the most comprehensive education reform package in America.” In the Clinton Administration, Secretary Riley led efforts to raise academic standards, improve outcomes for disadvantaged students, expand access to college grants and loans, and made it possible for schools nationwide to access the internet. 

Secretary Riley points to his longtime partnership with Joe Biden and his confidence in his commitment to education as to why he is throwing his support behind the vice president. 

Teachers across the country, especially right here in South Carolina, are demanding to be heard and if there’s one thing I know about Joe Biden, it’s that he listens,” said Dick Riley former South Carolina governor and U.S. Secretary of Education. “He was a great partner in the Senate and always advocated for the education initiatives I fought for during my time in the Clinton Administration. The plan he has put forth is bold and I am confident his administration will not rest until every child, no matter their zip code or the color of their skin, has access to a high quality education. With Joe Biden as president, teachers and students will once again have a true education advocate in the White House.” 

The announcement comes on the heels of Joe Biden’s two-day swing in the upstate, including Secretary Riley’s hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. 

“Secretary Riley is one of the most influential and beloved political figures in South Carolina whether you are a Democrat or Republican” says Kendall Corley, South Carolina State Director, Biden for President. “It is truly an honor to have his support. Secretary Riley embodies the meaning of public service, especially when it comes to education, and he sees that same commitment in Joe Biden.” 

Riley’s endorsement is the 86th for Biden in South Carolina, including 18 state legislators, 10 mayors, 43 faith leaders, and more than a dozen other state and local leaders. Biden has also earned more than 320 endorsements from elected and community leaders in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

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Sen. Vincent Sheheen (District 27, Camden)
...reported by Sept. 8, 2019
https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/election/article234744157.html

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August 22, 2019 

Biden for President Announces South Carolina Faith Outreach Director; Picks Up 39 Faith Leader Endorsements

Columbia, South Carolina — Today Biden for President is announcing the addition of Rev. Michael McClain as the campaign’s South Carolina Faith Outreach Director and  the endorsements of 39 South Carolina pastors and faith community leaders. 

Rev. McClain is the current pastor of Historic Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Catawba, South Carolina and has served congregations over 45 years in New Jersey, North and South Carolina. In addition to his ministerial service, McClain has held numerous leadership positions in state and national religious organizations. 

Rev. McClain, a longtime environmental justice advocate, most recently worked as the national outreach coordinator for the National Religious Partnership for the Environment in Washington D.C. In that role he worked with denominational leaders and congregations nationwide to educate them on the effects that climate change and clean energy have and will have on people of color and marginalized communities. 

“Rev. McClain comes to the team with decades of experience and deep relationships in South Carolina’s faith community,” says Kendall Corley, South Carolina State Director, Biden for President. “He is one of the most experienced faith leaders in South Carolina to organize and mobilize congregations across the state.” 

The support for Joe Biden in South Carolina’s faith community is overwhelming. Today’s new endorsers come from all over the state, representing big and small congregations from multiple denominations in both rural and urban communities.

“The support for Joe Biden in South Carolina is momentous and folks are enthusiastically willing to do anything they can to elect him,” said Rev. Michael McClain, South Carolina Faith Outreach Director, Biden for President. “We are honored to have the support of so many pastors and faith leaders already but this is just the beginning.” 

Today’s new endorsements include:

  • Pastor J. Thomas Barber- Boyd Hill Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Pastor Ronnie Baxter- Union Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Pastor T.A. Belton- Zion Pilgrim Baptist, Winnsboro
  • Assoc. Minister Janice Belton-Byrd- Zion Pilgrim Baptist, Winnsboro
  • Pastor Aderia Black- Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist, Bishopville
  • Pastor Dr. James Blassingame- Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist, Sumter
  • Pastor Dr. William Franklin Blue- Great Joy Baptist, McConnells
  • Pastor Charles L. Booker Jr.- Mt. DoWell Baptist, McConnells
  • Reverend Damein Boyles- Retired, Columbia
  • Pastor Bernard Brown- Jerusalem Baptist, North Charleston
  • Presiding Elder Sharon Browning- New Rock Hill District AME Zion, Rock Hill
  • Pastor William Buie- First Calvary Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Pastor Reginald Byrden- Grace Fellowship Church, Columbia
  • Pastor Kenneth Cauthen- Mt. Nebo Baptist, Lancaster
  • Pastor James L. Coleman Jr.- Second Calvary Baptist, Lancaster
  • Pastor James Durant- New Mt. Olive Baptist, Gadsden
  • Pastor Henry L. Edmonds- Union Baptist, Columbia
  • Reverend Dr. Kenneth E. Floyd- Retired, Former President of Conway NAACP, Conway
  • Pastor Larry Floyd- Weeping Mary, McConnells
  • Pastor Dr. D.L. Grant- New Israel Baptist and Chapel Hill Baptist, Santee
  • Pastor Larkin Hancock- Bethlehem Baptist, Chester
  • Pastor Ina Culp Harris- Chestnut Grove AME Zion, Chester
  • Pastor David Jackson- Goodwill Baptist, Eastover
  • Dr. Sheila Koger- Sheila Koger Ministries, Columbia
  • Pastor Paulette Leak- Lancaster
  • Pastor Dr. John. T. McCoy- Nazareth Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Pastor George A. McCoy- Gold Hill Baptist, York
  • Pastor Debra Nash- James Chapel Baptist, Fort Mill
  • Pastor Lavenia Pride- Mt. Airwell Baptist, Blackstock
  • Reverend Ira Roddey- Retired, Rock Hill
  • Pastor Dr. J.W. Sanders Jr.- Bethel Baptist, Gaffney
  • Pastor Timothy Simmons- Oak Grove Baptist, North Charleston
  • Pastor Sandra Sistare- Steel Hill AME Zion, Lancaster
  • Pastor Joe H. Steve Jr.- Good Hope Missionary Baptist, Estill
  • Pastor Earl Stringfellow- Mt. Pilgrim Baptist, Fort Lawn
  • Reverend McKinley Washington- Retired and Former State Senator, Edisto Island
  • Pastor Dr. Lavern Witherspoon- Prodigal AME, Retired Prison Chaplain, Swansea
  • Pastor Charles Woods- Ebenezer Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Reverend Al Yates- Retired, Rock Hill
These faith community leaders join the following in endorsing Vice President Joe Biden:
  • Rep. Carl Anderson- Greater St. Stephens AME, Georgetown
  • First Lady Jennifer Bishop- Grace Christian, Columbia
  • Pastor Travien Capers- Zion Benevolent Baptist, Hopkins
  • Pastor Johnny Ray Noble- Second Nazareth Baptist Church, Columbia 
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June 20, 2019

Joe Biden Picks Up Endorsements from South Carolina Mayors Ahead of State’s Democratic Party Convention

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – Today, eleven current and former South Carolina mayors are endorsing Vice President Joe Biden. The announcement comes as Vice President Biden returns to South Carolina for his second swing through the state. 

“I am honored to have the support of so many mayors,” said Vice President Biden. “These are folks who know firsthand what it takes to lead and get things done to help working people. I am grateful and proud to have these outstanding mayors on my team.”

Today’s new endorsements include: 
  • Former Mayor John Carter, Gray Court  
  • Mayor William Cave, Kline 
  • Former Mayor Doug Echols, Rock Hill 
  • Mayor Francenia Ellis, Furman 
  • Mayor Charlie Fulton, Lane 
  • Mayor Donnie Hillard, Santee 
  • Mayor Darrick Jackson, Timmonsville 
  • Mayor Henry Jolly, Gaffney 
  • Mayor Dorothy Riley, Fairfax 
  • Former Mayor Joe Riley, Charleston
  • Mayor Jerald Sanders, Swansea 
Over the weekend Biden will attend several events in Columbia, including Rep. Jim Clyburn’s ‘World Famous Fish Fry’ and the South Carolina Democratic Party Convention. 

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June 5, 2019

Joe Biden Picks Up More South Carolina Endorsements as Jill Biden Campaigns in the State

Today, Vice President Joe Biden received the endorsements of 11 local elected officials and community leaders as Jill Biden makes her first solo campaign trip to the state.  

“We are proud to have earned the support of so many of South Carolina’s local and statewide leaders but we won’t stop there,” said Kendall Corley, South Carolina State Director, Biden for President. “As the Vice President continues to say to our community, no one is going to work harder for their support than Joe Biden.” 

Today’s new endorsements include:
  • Inez Tenenbaum, Former State Superintendent of Education and Obama-Biden Administration Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission 
  • Councilman Steve Love, City of York 
  • Councilman Anthony Woods, Marlboro County
  • Michael Coachman, Marlboro School Board 
  • Mildred Douglas, Rock Hill School Board 
  • Mayor Doug Echols, former Mayor of Rock Hill
  • Councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore, City of Florence 
  • Councilman Al Bradley, Florence County 
  • Councilman Mike Vaughn, Chester County
  • Reid Carrico, First Vice Chair of the Chester County Democratic Party 
“As South Carolina’s former Superintendent of Education, I’m endorsing Joe Biden because of his long standing support for public education,” said Inez Tenenbaum. “Particularly because Jill Biden is a longtime educator who I know will be a tireless advocate for teachers in the White House.” 

As schools across the country experience slashed budgets, growing class sizes, and fewer resources for students, Jill Biden will meet with educators to learn about the challenges they face and to further understand how we can better support education in America.

Jill Biden’s trip today includes a lunch and listening session at Taylor’s Soul Food and Kitchen in Rock Hill and a stop by Wallace Elementary Middle School to attend a community meeting with teachers, parents, and community stakeholders. 

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May 6, 2019

Joe Biden Picks Up Key South Carolina Endorsements

Fresh off a two-day campaign swing in South Carolina, his first of the 2020 campaign, Joe Biden has secured the endorsements of key South Carolina lawmakers and political and community leaders in a critical early primary state. 

“We are grateful for the strong support in South Carolina from so many of the state's most respected and accomplished political and community leaders,” said Kendall Corley, South Carolina State Director, Bidenfor President.  “It's clear from the enthusiasm and energy we're seeing not just here in South Carolina this past weekend, but across the country, that voters are eager for the kind of sea change from the status quo that Vice President Biden represents. As Vice President Biden continues to say, we're in a battle for the soul of our nation and today's new support gets us one step closer to rebuilding an inclusive middle class and unifying our country .”

Today’s new endorsements include:

  • Commissioner Yolanda Anderson,  Richland District One School Board
  • State Representative Jimmy Bales, Richland County
  • Elder Jennifer Bishop, First Lady, Grace Christian Church
  • State Representative Robert Brown, Charleston County
  • Rev. Travien Capers, Zion Benevolent Baptist Church
  • State Representative Bill Clyburn, Aiken County
  • Former State Representative Ginger Crocker, Laurens County
  • Councilman Sam Davis, Columbia City Council
  • Former State Representative Jim Felder, Richland County
  • State Senator Dick Harpootlian, Richland County
  • Dr. Teresa Holmes, Richland District Two School Board
  • State Representative Joseph Jefferson, Berkeley County
  • Phyllis Lloyd-Harris , Kershaw County Democratic Chair
  • Former State Senator Joel Lourie, Richland County
  • State Representative David Mack, III, Charleston County
  • Councilman Jim Manning, Richland County Council
  • Jeanette McBride, Richland County Clerk of Court
  • Former State Representative Frank McBride, Richland County
  • Rev. Michael McClain
  • Former State Senator Tommy Moore, Aiken County
  • Rev. Johnny Ray Noble, Second Nazareth Baptist Church
  • Mayor Jerald Sanders, Mayor of Swansea
  • Former State Representative James Smith, Richland County
On Saturday, May 4, Biden delivered remarks in Columbia, South Carolina at the Hyatt Park Community Center, that focused on his vision for rebuilding America’s middle class and bringing the country together. He spoke about his plan to rebuild the middle class so that everyone -- regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability -- gets to come along. He also pledged to root out forms of systemic racism that continue to afflict communities of color, particularly the African-American community.

On Sunday, May 5, Joe and Jill Biden attended morning service at Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina.
 
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