MEET BLUFFTON'S  DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES

General Election: November 3, 2020

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

UNITED STATES SENATE

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Congressional District S.C. 01: 

Congressman Joe Cunningham

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SOUTH CAROLINA STATE SENATE

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State Senate District 45: 

Senator Margie Bright Matthews

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@margiebmatthews

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State Senate District 46: 

Nathan Campbell

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State House District 118: 

Mitch Siegel

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@mitch4sc118

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mitchell is running to represent the 118th district in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Mitch, as he prefers to be known, moved with his husband to Bluffton, SC, 4 1/2 years ago after vacationing in the Low Country for the previous 20 years,  Prior to moving to Bluffton, they lived in the southern suburbs of Boston for over 30 years.  They have been married since 2004 and have been together for over 34 years.  Mitch is a retired Healthcare IT Project Manager/Consultant.

 

Since moving to Bluffton, Mitch has become a staple in the progressive community.  Mitch has been involved with the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition, Lowcountry Indivisible, Lowcountry PRIDE, South of the Broad Democratic Club, Bluffton Democratic Club and other local organizations.  Additionally, Mitch is involved with Camp One Step, a program for children with both active cancer diagnoses and those who have beaten childhood cancer.  Mitch also is involved with Best Buddies, a national program dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mitch has sat as Chairperson of Lowcountry Indivisible and as treasure for Lowcountry PRIDE.  Mitch was active in the SC-01 US House of Representatives campaign to elect Democrat Joe Cunningham to his first term in the US Congress.

Mitch seeks to be the 2nd openly gay member of the SC House of Representatives.  Mitch is advocating for the SC Legislature to make comprehensive education reform, both in teacher requirements and funding, a major priority.  Mitch is also advocating for South Carolina to do more for persons of all ability levels; we need to ensure that our society provides a level playing field for persons with disabilities.  

Mitch fully supports the expungement process for criminal records for people who are judged as not guilty of a crime, or who have had charges dropped.  Expunging records will allow people to enter the job force, obtain housing and credit to become active participants in our economy.  

Mitch believes that the legislature should stay out of a woman's health and reproductive decisions and allow those women to make informed decisions in their best interest without government interference.  Mitch disagrees with the intent in the legislature to criminalize abortion for either physicians, patients, or clinicians involved.  Mitch also believes that South Carolina needs to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, regardless of what happens at the Federal level, it sends the signal that South Carolina values all its citizens and supports the future of our children.

Mitch is also passionately dedicated to ensuring that everyone in South Carolina who is eligible to vote, has the ability to vote.  Mitch advocates for making voter registration a prerequisite for high school graduation in South Carolina, for those with citizenship, as well as making Election Day a State Holiday.  Instead of Columbus Day, let's make Election Day a state holiday so that people can vote.  Mitch believes that every citizen of South Carolina deserves the right to Vote by Mail so that no one needs to make the decision, during Covid and in the future, between voting or the health and life.

Mitch believes that we need a comprehensive approach to fixing immigration issues, but more importantly, we need to remove barriers to education and professional licensing to those DACA students living in South Carolina. 

Mitch is dedicated to ensuring that voters pick their representatives, rather than representatives picking their constituents.  To ensure that, Mitch is passionate that Gerrymandered voting districts must be replaced by districts created by independent commission, as opposed to partisan politicians

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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State House District 123:

Chris deVries

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@chrisdevriesforsc123

@devriesforsc123

Chris deVries is a resident of Hilton Head, South Carolina, moving to the Island full time in 2015.  Prior to relocating, Chris lived in Washington, D.C. suburbs working for a variety of non-profit associations focusing her expertise on public policy initiatives and management of organizations.   She served as the Deputy Executive Director of the American Nurses Association (ANA) for ten years and the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Vice-President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) for 14 years.  Among her accomplishments, Chris managed the largest women-focused Political Action Committee (ANA-PAC) with over $1 million in disbursements to Federal candidates; formed a grassroots infrastructure to coordinate the political activities of all nurses across the country; spearheaded the enactment of groundbreaking laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act,  health care reform,  pay equity, respite resources for family caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and increased research funding for late-life depression; and created a foundation (Geriatric Mental Health Foundation) to help families with issues of late-life mental illness.   She also initiated several coalitions during her professional career to promote unified efforts on policy issues including the Coalition on Women and the Budget, the Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research, the Campaign for Women’s Health, and the Eldercare Workforce Alliance.   Chris has authored many articles and book chapters on policy issues as well as co-authored a book on grassroots organizing.

 

Since moving to Hilton Head, Chris has been involved with many communities and civic activities including serving on the Boards of multiple organizations including the Beaufort County Democratic Party (Treasurer), the Democratic Club South of the Broad (Vice-President), and Planned Parenthood Votes – South Atlantic (currently on leave).   She is an active member of the local League of Women Voters, Liberal Ladies, Women’s Association of Hilton Head, and World Policy Council, among other organizations.  Chris worked as a paid organizer for the South Carolina Democratic Party in 2018.

 

Chris received her B.A. in geology from the College of Wooster (Ohio), her M.A. in public policy/women’s studies from George Washington University (D.C.) and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in public administration/public policy.  She lives with her daughter in the Sea Pines community on Hilton Head.

BEAUFORT COUNTY COUNCIL

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MEET NORTHERN BEAUFORT COUNTY'S FIRST-TIME

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES

General Election: November 3, 2020

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE SENATE

Richard is a devoted husband and father of two amazing daughters, a first-generation college graduate, advocate for good public schools, business owner, proud Democrat, and former Charleston County Democratic Chair. (Please visit https://www.RichardForSC.com/meet-richard for complete biography.)

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State Senate District 43: 

Richard Hricik

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@RichardforSC

@RichardforSC

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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District 124: 

Barb Nash

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@BarbNashSC124

@NashforSC124

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