SC HOUSE 2 FORUM - SEP 26 - GIGNILLIAT CENTER - COME HEAR THE CANDIDATES
James Smith, our candidate for Governor, has devoted himself to public service. As a Major in the South Carolina Army National Guard, he spent a year in combat in Afghanistan fighting for our country. As a State Representative, he has always put the people of his district first, and has committed his career to bettering South Carolina. James knows what it means to be an effective leader.
James attended the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he earned his J.D.. After serving 8 years as a JAG officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard, he resigned his officer commission to enlist as an infantryman at age 37. He served as a Combat Advisor to Afghan Security Forces, and he received the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Purple Heart in recognition of his service.
During his time in the state legislature, Representative Smith has been a leader on issues facing our veterans, the environment, and education. His legislative career has been centered around effective leadership and collaboration, while always putting service before self. James’s campaign for Governor has echoed those same values, and we’re so excited to support him on this journey.
James currently lives in Columbia, where he was born and raised. He’s the proud husband to his wife, Kirkland, and a proud father of their four children Emerson, Thomas, Paul, and Shannon. James Smith’s enduring commitment to public service, willingness to reach across the aisle, and proven leadership are just some of the reasons we’re proud to call him our candidate for Governor.
Mandy Powers Norrell
Mandy Powers Norrell, our candidate for Lieutenant Governor, is no stranger to hard work. Hailing from Lancaster, she grew up the daughter of two working-class parents. When she was just a teenager, she started working in the same mill as her parents and used the money she saved up to put herself through college. The very first member of her family to attend college, she graduated from Furman University with Honors, and then earned her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law where she graduated near the top of her class.
Since being elected to the SC House in 2012, Mandy has worked diligently to make her home state a better place to work, live, and raise a family in. Serving on the Judiciary and Legislative Oversight committees, Rep. Powers Norrell has made a name for herself in the chamber not only through her commitment to public service, but also her willingness to reach across the aisle to get bills passed.
Mandy is the proud mom of Teddy and Emma, and happily married to her husband Mitch. Their family resides in Lancaster, where Mandy grew up. Her impressive career in law and government makes her an incredible candidate to serve as our next Lieutenant Governor.
Melvin Whittenburg, our candidate for Secretary of State, has a lifetime’s worth of leadership skills. Melvin was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, and graduated from C.A. Johnson High School. As a teenager, he learned the value of hard work when he was hired as a student bus driver. Melvin went on to complete his undergraduate studies at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and later pursued graduate level studies at both the University of Phoenix and Georgetown University. Upon graduating from ECU, Melvin was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. During his military career, Melvin played a large role in a number of humanitarian relief efforts throughout the world, including the Global War on Terror. The Secretary of State’s office is the next step in his long career of service to his country, and bettering the world around him.
After retiring from the Army, Melvin began a career with ExxonMobil where he proudly served on the advisory boards for four different non-profit organizations. Melvin also served as the Community Outreach Chairman of the Veterans Advocacy Support Team as well as the Black Employee Success Team, both of which he cared very passionately about. To this day, he remains a devoted active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Military Officers Association of America, and the Association of the United States Army.
Melvin is the proud father of two daughters Savannah and Sydney with his wife Angelina. Melvin’s devotion to non-profit organizations that are close to his heart as well as his extensive leadership skills make him a great candidate for our next Secretary of State. To learn more about Melvin Whittenburg, please visit melvinwhittenburg.org/.
Rosalyn Glenn, our candidate for State Treasurer, has an impressive list of accomplishments to her name. Rosalyn was raised in Wellford, South Carolina and grew up attending public schools in Spartanburg County. She has always maintained a passion for education, and prides herself on her commitment to being a lifelong learner in order to be the very best at her work.
Rosalyn graduated with a B.A. from the University of South Carolina. During her time at USC she began her career in banking, working in all areas of the industry including customer service, lending, operational compliance, auditing, and training. She later went on to attend the South Eastern CUNA Management School and the Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor School. Following this, she obtained her Financial Services Certified Professional (FSCP) Designation through The American College.
Through her education and work experience, Rosalyn worked her way to the top, first earning the position of CEO and President of Brookland Federal Credit Union, and then to her current position as CEO and President of Glenn Destiny Consulting, LLC. Rosalyn is also very active in her church community, currently serving in ministry at The Brook. She also continues service with a number of organizations including the League of Women Voters, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Rosalyn now resides in Columbia, South Carolina, where she devotes herself to helping people gain financial stability and a higher financial standard of living. With Rosalyn’s 25 years of financial and community experience, we are excited to support her on her journey to become South Carolina’s next State Treasurer. To learn more about Rosalyn, please visit https://www.rosalynglenn.com/.
Constance Anastopoulo is an Constance Anastopoulo, our candidate for Attorney General, is an experienced litigator and respected Professor of Law. Building off of her success in the courtroom, she’s made a name for herself as a leading expert on insurance and ethics in South Carolina. Her accomplishments as an attorney, along with her commitment to making South Carolina a better place for all, make her a great candidate for South Carolina Attorney General.
A first generation American, Constance Anastopoulo knows the value of hard work. She earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia, and went on to earn a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. In addition to her many other accomplishments, Constance spent a great deal of time representing women in prison and those affected by the opioid crisis, giving a voice to those who are often not heard. The compassion she shows for underrepresented groups is something she’ll carry with her to the State Attorney General’s office.
In 2007 Constance joined the Charleston School of Law faculty teaching Torts, Ethics, and Insurance Law. Prior to joining the Charleston School of Law, Anastopoulo served for fifteen years as a senior litigator in the litigation division of the Anastopoulo Law Firm. In addition to her impressive legal career, Constance has been active in community service and philanthropy, serving on the Board of Directors of My Sister’s House, Inc., the Advisory Board of the Women and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston, as Vice President of the Charleston Area League of Women Voters, and is past president of Daughters of Penelope Philanthropy.
Constance Anastopoulo’s commitment to bettering our state and holding elected officials accountable, along with her vast array of experience, makes her uniquely qualified to be South Carolina’s Attorney General. To learn more about Constance visit https://www.anastopouloforag.com/