FLORENCE, S.C. – A former two-time candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives once again will run for Congress.
I n a series of press conferences Wednesday , Democrat Gloria Tinubu of Georgetown announced her campaign for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Lindsey Graham. Tinubu appeared at the Solomon Blatt Building on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia, at the Keith School in Charleston, and at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Georgetown.
Tinubu said she was inspired to run after having a conversation with students at the College of Charleston in March. She said she was inspired by the issues the students face and the future they will have.
“We have not done a good job of ensuring them a good future,” Tinubu said by phone last week. “We have more work to do to ensure that they have the future they deserve.”
She said she also wanted to run to highlight that families are the backbone of the economy, providing the opportunity for growth.
Tinubu also is working as a state director of the presidential campaign of Marianne Williamson. She appeared with Williamson earlier this year at a campaign stop in Florence.
Tinubu has run for office twice in the Palmetto State. She previously ran as the running mate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble and for the Congressional District 7 seat against Republican Tom Rice.
The Noble campaign finished third out of three Democratic primary campaigns behind the campaigns of Rep. James Smith and Mandy Powers Norrell, the nominees for governor and lieutenant governor, and Florence resident Marguerite Willis and Sen. John Scott.
Tinubu said she had learned from the campaign to really communicate with people and talk about the issues that are important to them. Politicians might have an issue that they really care about, but those issues might not be what the voters want to hear about.
Prior to that campaign, Tinubu was an early endorser of the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016.
On the Congressional District 7 race where she lost to Rice in 2012 and 2014, Tinubu said she had learned that the congressional district lines are designed in a way that makes certain results very difficult to come by. She added that she was totally committed to a politically independent commission to redraw the district lines.
Tinubu is a former professor who was the first African-American woman to graduate from Clemson with a master’s degree in agricultural studies and the first African-American woman to graduate from Clemson with a Ph.D. in applied economics.
Tinubu has served as a professor at Spelman College, a historically black college in Atlanta, and Coastal Carolina University. She has also served on the Atlanta City Council, and the Georgia State Assembly.
On her time in the Atlanta City Council, Tinubu said she had learned that ideas matter, since that body is nonpartisan.
In the Georgia State Assembly, Tinubu said, she learned the importance of bipartisanship to accomplish common goals since she served in the minority.