“Unless we exercise commitment and boldness to bringing our party’s perspective back to the table, it will never happen,” Tinubu said. “We have a wonderful opportunity this year to make it happen because people have seen the extreme behavior on the other side that resulted in government shutdown, a disrespect for the office of the presidency and a whole host of other things.”
Tinubu, who was heavy on message and light on policy in her remarks focusing lightly on education, minimum wage and infrastructure, is gearing up for another run against first term Rep. Tom Rice (R- S.C. 7). She won two out of seven counties in the district during the last race.
She plans to spread her message farther throughout the district, if chosen as the Democratic candidate. That message sounded like Rice when talking about job creation.
“They (children) graduated from school and either can’t find a job or the job they find is a job they could’ve gotten without the degree in the first place,” Tinubu said. “Shame on us. We must do better by our children. They deserve better, and we can do better so for met this is about the next generation.”
The next generation was one of the reasons newly elected Florence County Democrats chairperson LaShonda Nesmith said she ran for chair.
“We’ve got to get more youth involved,” Nesmith said. “We have to get them trained, recruited so they can get the word out. They’re tweeting. They’re Facebooking. We have to be there.”
Nesmith is also looking to tighten up races she thinks the county could change. Such as how Mitt Romney got just 347 more votes over Barack Obama in 2012, while Rice received 4,436 over Tinubu–though only 55 of the county’s 63 precincts are part of the 7th Congressional District.
“We need to be reaching these independent voters and find out what are their issues,” Nesmith said. “And we need to pass them on to our candidates.”
The only local elected officials on hand at the convention were Florence City Councilman Ed Robinson (District 2) and Florence County Councilman Alphonso Bradley (District 3), both of whom gave short remarks and are up for re-election this year.
State Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg) also dropped in and told the crowd of nearly 100 members in the South Florence High School auditorium his plans for his lieutenant governor bid.
James Kennedy, an outspoken critic of downtown development, announced he would be file for the race against Florence City Councilwoman Teresa Myers Ervin’s District 1.
In a separate but related note, Republican Florence City Councilman Buddy Brand formally announced Thursday he was seeking a third term representing District 3. Fellow Republican and At-Large Councilman Glynn Willis formally announced he was seeking a second term on Feb. 1.