James Smith Off To Strong Start After Packing Venue During Campaign Kick-Off
James Smith waves to the crowd as he makes his way to the podium during his campaign kick-off party held in Columbia on October 17, 2017.
Have you heard about the 50 year old, decorated war veteran, experienced lawmaker, and father of four running for South Carolina Governor? If you haven't heard his name since his announcement to run on October 5, 2017, let me introduce you to South Carolina democrat James Smith.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin speaks positively on behalf of James Smith during Smith's campaign kick-off party held in Columbia on October 17, 2017.
During Smith's campaign kick-off address to the over 500+ in attendance, his voice reverberated throughout the venue garnering cheers, chants and applause. "We need leaders who no longer accept being at the bottom of every list we want to be on top of, and being at the top of every list we want to be on the bottom of." said Smith before the crowd erupted in applause. Smith touched on a variety of subjects such as; government accountability, transparency, affordable healthcare, political corruption, and the struggle of winning as a democrat in a red state. Smith knows that this battle is an uphill battle but he is willing to rise to the challenge because he states that South Carolina deserves better and can be much better.
Jim Hodges (114th Governor of South Carolina) speaks on behalf of James Smith during Smith's campaign kick-off party held in Columbia on October 17, 2017.
Attendees watch an informational video regarding Smith's military and political history during Smith's campaign kick-off party held in Columbia on October 17, 2017.
James Smith and wife Kirkland Smith share a kiss as James makes his way to the stage after Kirkland spoke to campaign kick-off attendees about the decades of history that she, and their children shared with Smith.
James Smith energetically greets the crowd after stepping on stage during his campaign kick-off party held in Columbia on October 17, 2017.
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