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The mission of the chapter is to advance the values of the Democratic Party, to advocate for young voter issues within the Greenville County Democratic Party and the South Carolina Democratic Party, and to encourage young voters to participate in the political process.


Derrick Quarles
1st Vice Chair

Jonah Simmons
2nd Vice Chair

Shadae Boakye-Yiadom

What we’re talking about and doing about it

2022 Democratic Primary Candidates

The Democratic primary will be June 14, 2022. As of this writing, there are still a few days left to register or to update your current registration: In person registration ends tomorrow (May 13), online registration ends May 15, and those mailing in paper registration forms must have them postmarked by May 16. If you […]

Young Dems build foundations for an active election season

By Kirsten PruittChair, Young Democrats of Greenville County The past few months have been a crazy blur for the Young Democrats of Greenville County. I was appointed Interim Chair back in February, and officially elected on April 7. We’ve been busy since then. At the April 7 election Derrick Quarles was elected 1st Vice Chair, […]

Young Dems kick it up a notch – in person

By Kirsten PruittChair, Young Democrats of Greenville County Recently, the Young Democrats of Greenville County held our first in-person meeting since March of 2020, and it was such a good feeling to be back together again.  My board and I felt that since the CDC has lifted the mask requirement for those who are vaccinated […]

Convention Recap: Energy + engagement = electoral success

By Elias ‘Eli’ ValentinChair, GCDP The South Carolina Democratic Party held the 2021 Convention between May 19 and May 22. During the biannual meeting of the Party, we added planks to our platform, amended Rules to our State Bylaws, and elected the Leadership of our State Party. This crucial gathering of Democrats from all across […]

The American Rescue Plan: What’s in it for me?

By Elise Filpot In March, South Carolina and the rest of the United States marked one year since the wide-scale start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  During that year, more than 560,000 people in the U.S. and more than 8,700 South Carolina citizens have died of COVID-19.  As a consequence of trying to contain the numbers […]

Youth and Democracy: A 2nd Thursday Conversation

Leaders of High School Dems, College Dems, and Young Democrats joined GCDP Chair Eli Valentin to discuss their paths to activism and how their organizations are going to make a difference in shifting SC Blue! Panelists: Emily Broderick, HS Dems; Marcus Coppola, College Dems, and Kirsten Pruitt, Young Democrats. Watch on YouTube AudioCast on SoundCloud

A Greenville Democratic summit will set our 2021 course

By Elias “Eli” Valentin II As a former coach, I am a lover of quotes. One of my favorites is from Henry Ford, and he says, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, working together is success.” As we look at where we are as a Party here in Greenville, these words must […]

Being a Black Man Today

A panel of four community advocates, activists, organizers, and businessmen discuss the challenges of trying to advocate for their communities, for social and racial justice, education and more while Being a Black Man Today. Panelists are Kwadjo Campbell, Je’Varus Howard, Derrick Quarrels, and Jonathon Sweeney. Moderator: Eli Valentin, GCDP chair. View Post Prefer to listen […]

Dem Women kicks off new year with unity

The Democratic Women of Greenville County’s February virtual meeting brought together the diversity of the Democratic Party with a call for working together toward our common goal: Getting Democrats elected. Among the speakers were the five Greenville women admitted to the Emerge 2021 class, Eli Valentin, chair of the Greenville County Democratic Party; Camden Johnson, […]

Georgia Runoff: How Greenville Dems are pitching in

We asked the leadership of several Democratic organizations in the Upstate how they were organizing their members to help Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock win the two Senate seats, and secure a Democratic majority in the US Senate. Here’s what they told us. Greenville County Democratic Black Caucus Kwadjo Campbell, Chair The key to […]

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