Published on June 29th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Kambrell Garvin; SC House of Representatives District 77
Dear Friends –
When I announced my candidacy on January 22nd, I did it with no money, no endorsements, no consultants, no high-level political campaign experience and very little name recognition. However, I had a strong resolve that even with all of the odds stacked against us, we would ultimately be victorious.
Since middle school, I desired to one day serve my community as an elected official because I believed in the power of public service and being able to make the lives of those whom we represent better for our having been here. I started working in my community at a young age registering voters and encouraging civic engagement as a leader within the local NAACP. I watched my grandfather, who served as the first African American on his local city council, fearlessly stand up and speak out regarding issues that impacted the lives of those he served. His leadership inspired me to do the same.
I strongly believed that with hard work and commitment – our message of a “new day” of hope and progress would resonate with voters. I knew that we had our work cut out for us because let’s face it – it is no easy feat to take on an entrenched incumbent. However, our team rose to the occasion and with very little fanfare we quietly accomplished what many considered to be impossible even just a few weeks ago. Plain and simple, there is no substitute for hard work.
We ran a positive campaign and took our message to front porches and dining rooms from Hollywood Hills to Lincolnshire to Meadowlake to Blythewood to Blue Ridge Terrace and Folkstone too. Overwhelmingly, voters expressed a desire to have a strong voice at the State House advocating for their interest each day and wanted to see our community progress.
This grassroots campaign was fueled by nearly 400 supporters who chipped in an average contribution amount of $25. Many individuals made countless sacrifices to give financial resources and time, simply because they believed in our vision and wanted to see us succeed. For their sacrifices, I will forever be grateful.
I am humbled by the confidence and faith District 77 voters have placed in me. I look forward to continuing conversations with voters leading into the November General Election and beyond. I strongly believe that the best days are still ahead for our community.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” For me, this campaign has truly been a demonstration of faith. For anyone who has ever been afraid to take that first step or who has ever doubted the power of believing in oneself, I hope this victory serves as motivation for you to make the impossible, possible.
Sincerely, I am
SC House of Representatives District 77