Press Release

Our Revolution Endorses Susan Yarbrough Smith for SC Democratic Party State Chair and Justin Bamberg for Vice Chair

WASHINGTON-- Our Revolution on Thursday endorsed Susan Yarbrough Smith for South Carolina’s Democratic Party State Chair and Justin Bamberg  for South Carolina’s First Vice Chair.

“Now, more than ever, we need to channel the energy sweeping the nation into progressive victories at the local and state levels,” said Executive Director Shannon Jackson. “Both Susan Yarbrough Smith and Justin Bamberg have widespread support of Palmetto State progressives, and for good reason-- they’ve been outspoken advocates for social, racial, and economic justice in their own backyards for the span of their careers. Our Revolution is honored to endorse their combined ticket to lead the South Carolina Democratic Party.”

The candidates:

Susan Yarbrough Smith brings extensive experience in public service to her candidacy for South Carolina’s Democratic Party State Chair, having served as the president of the South Carolina Democratic Women’s Council, Southern Regional Director of the National Federation of Democratic Women, a board member of Planned Parenthood-South Atlantic, and Vice Chairman of the Board of the local LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, South Carolina Equality. Her experiences as a grassroots activist inform her policy initiatives and desire to run for office. Above all, Yarbrough Smith is dedicated to working at the grassroots level to bring in South Carolinians who feel disenfranchised by our political system, to expand South Carolina’s base of support, and to put elected Democrats back in touch with the people who put them in office.

Justin Bamberg began his career in public service as a civil rights and personal injury attorney, where he successfully defended victims of police brutality and wrongful death. Working to reconcile the shortcomings of the justice system has equipped Bamberg with a critical eye and representative voice. As a passionate progressive, Bamberg has served as the South Carolina State Representative for House District 90 since 2015, advocating for increased funding for schools and teacher pay, providing flood damage assistance to farmers, and advocating for more effective and transparent policing strategies. If elected, Bamberg would continue to embody his personal mantra of “service over self”.

“Together, Yarbrough Smith and Bamberg will work to bring more South Carolinians into the progressive movement as the state gears up for the 2018 elections and beyond,” Jackson continued.