#ENGAGEHORRY, a new HCDP initiative to increase voter participation, continues Saturday, May 21 with appearances by Democratic candidates and an opportunity for voters to learn more about the upcoming primary and general election.
The event, to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Asher Theater, 3237 Waccamaw Blvd., in Myrtle Beach, will feature remarks by these candidates:
- Former U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham, candidate for SC governor
- Ashlyn Preaux, SC House Candidate for District 61
- Ernest Carson, SC House Candidate for District 68
- Jamal Campbell, SC House Candidate for District 55.
Additional speakers are expected and will be announced. Free food and soft drinks will be available.
HCDP Chair Alester Linton-Pryor explained that the purpose of #ENGAGEHORRY is to educate voters about Democratic candidates and to “energize” them.
“We are trying to engage our voters to know what they can expect, and educating our voters on who the candidates are and if the candidates are a viable candidate for you,” explained Linton-Pryor.
“It’s important to get out the vote. It’s important that we register voters. It’s important to engage with each other in unity and be inclusive,” she added, noting that there are many dissatisfied Republicans and Independents. “The Horry County Democratic Party will more than open our arms to include you in making changes here in Horry County — changes for the community and our families.”
Information about registering to vote and the voting process will be available at the event, and Linton-Pryor encouraged all those who want to learn more about candidates and care about improving their communities to participate.
“If you want to empower your family, empower your community, you have to use your voice, and your voice is your vote,” she declared. “Please become involved. Educate yourself about your candidates. We have viable candidates this year, running for governor, for U.S. Senate, running against (Sen.) Tim Scott, who has not been that good in providing for people who are not Republican.”
“Republican voters need to understand that every time they vote Republican they’re voting against a living wage, they’re voting against affordable housing, they’re voting against affordable childcare, they’re voting against healthcare, they’re voting against a woman’s right to choose, they’re voting against equity in jobs. They’re voting against (all of this) by voting Republican,” the HCDP chair said.