Because Together We Can Do Better
Melissa Watson has spent her entire career focused on how to make her community a better place for everyone. Melissa dedicates her labor in the pursuit of education, working as a certified teacher and was chosen for the Rookie Teacher of the Year Award at Baptist Hill High School. She also works hard as licensed realtor when not leading in the classroom.
She holds an undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston, a graduate degree from the Citadel and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Phoenix. In 2002, she was chosen for the Rookie Teacher of the Year Award at Baptist Hill High School.
Melissa spends much of her free time volunteering for community organizations and as a leader in South Carolina Democratic politics. Melissa was a co-chair of Senator Kamala Harris’s campaign for president, chair of Berkeley County Democratic Party and the South Carolina Democratic Party’s (SCDP) deputy secretary. She has been active in Democratic politics since 2007, where she served as a grassroots volunteer during the South Carolina Presidential Primary.
She was also elected 2nd Vice Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, where she served for six years. She was also a former member of the Democratic National Committee for 2 years. In 2014, she became an active and influential member of Ready for Hillary, an organization that was started to encourage Hillary Clinton to run a second time for president. Ready for Hillary held several early events in SC and was one of the driving forces behind Secretary of State Clinton’s decision to run again. Watson also served as the SCDP Education Caucus Co-Chair for three years.
As a single mother, teacher and community leader, Melissa Watson would bring pragmatic and common sense solutions to Washington.
- Melissa Watson knows the many struggles facing everyday middle class families and would work hard to build a strong economy while seeing that workers are paid a fair, living wage with the kinds of benefits that our families need.
- Melissa Watson knows that America was founded on the dreams of personal liberty and that’s why she stands with millions of women all across this country against the government interfering with what a woman and her doctor think is right.
- Melissa Watson has been a staunch ally and advocate for the LGBTQ community and will continue to work toward a more inclusive America that sees to it we all have the same opportunities, regardless of whom we want to love.
- Melissa Watson will fight to protect South Carolina’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry from the dangers of climate change and see to it that our country takes seriously what our own defense department says is the single greatest threat to America’s security and stability.