Columbia, S.C. (September 25, 2018) – United Way of the Midlands and Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC will host a Candidate Forum with South Carolina Senate District 20 candidates Benjamin Dunn (SC-R) and Dick Harpootlian (SC-D) on October 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
“We’re excited to host our first Candidate Forum in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC,” said Sara Fawcett, United Way of the Midlands President and CEO. “This event will give our partner agencies and community-minded individuals the ability to hear from the candidates on community issues and their plans to improve our community through legislation.”
The Candidate Forum will be a nonpartisan, question-and answer-format discussion moderated by John Dozier. Candidates will answer questions highlighting community issues they are passionate about.
“Every election is important, and our elected officials will help to shape legislation and programs that will impact our community for years to come,” said Michael Adams, Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations for Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina. “This is an opportunity for our local citizens to hear from the candidates firsthand and understand their views on topics like workforce development and the economy, which have significant implications for the people of District 22 and South Carolina.”
Registered attendees may submit questions for the candidates when signing up online. All questions will be vetted for appropriateness.
The Candidate Forum will be held at United Way of the Midlands located at 1818 Blanding Street, Columbia SC 29201. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and discussion begins at 6:00 p.m. This free event is open to the public. Those interested in attending may sign up online at www.uway.org/events. Registration is required due to limited seating.
About United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands is the most collaborative, efficient and accountable model for investing in the improvement of the Midlands community. With nearly 70 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations and are directed to fight for causes including childhood literacy, economic mobility and dental and eye care for those without resources. For more information, please visit www.uway.org.
About Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (GIUMSC)
Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (GIUMSC) helps people become independent through education and training leading to employment. GIUMSC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is one of 161 community-based, autonomous Goodwill organizations in the United States and Canada. It serves the South Carolina counties of Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Laurens, Lexington, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg and Union. Last year, GIUMSC placed more than 12,150 people in employment and generated a potential annual economic impact of over $149 million in the 16 South Carolina counties it serves. For more information or to find a Goodwill location near you, visit goodwillsc.org or call (877) LETSWRK (toll-free).
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