Our General Membership Meeting this month was an election forum for members to hear short presentations for candidates for political offices. Pictured is Frank Holleman of Greenville, Democrat candidate for S.C. Superintendent of Education.

The HBA Legislative Committee organized the event and invited more than 50 candidates—17 participated:

  • Alvin Greene, Democrat Candidate for U.S. Senate
  • Paul Corden, Democrat Candidate for U.S. House District 4
  • Trey Gowdy, Republican Candidate for U.S. House District 4
  • Mark Hammond, South Carolina Secretary of State
  • Alan Wilson, Republican Candidate for South Carolina Attorney General
  • Frank Holleman, Democrat Candidate for S.C. Superintendent of Education
  • Tom Corbin, Republican Candidate for S.C. House District 17
  • Rep. Dwight Loftis, S.C. House District 19
  • Rep. Wendy Nanney, S.C. House District 22
  • Joe Waters, Democrat Candidate for S.C. House District 22
  • Rep. Chandra Dillard, S.C. House District 23
  • Rep. Garry Smith, S.C. House District 27
  • Councilman Joe Dill, Greenville County Council District 17
  • Xanthene Norris, Greenville County Council District 23
  • Bunk Johnson, Democrat Candidate for Greenville County Council District 26
  • Dan Rawls, Republican Candidate for Greenville County Council District 26
  • Councilman Fred Payne, Greenville County Council District 28

Candidates spoke about their experience, why voters should support them, and how they would make South Carolina a better place if elected. They also responded to questions like making health care more affordable for small businesses.

Also in attendance was Danielle Gibbs, Upstate Director for U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, who is running for reelection against Alvin Greene.

The meeting also featured table top sponsorship displays by seven new member companies:

  • Babb & Brown, Everette Babb
  • Norandex Building Materials, Kevin Sherer
  • Square One Construction, Ty Cheek
  • Three River Stone, Andy Gibson
  • Upstate Home Improvement, Lise Anzelone
  • Yoders Building Service, Gary Mast

Other new members in attendance included Angela Frazier with Business & Construction Law Group and Pam Cofer of ReMax Realty Professionals.

The next HBA event is a Builder After Hours Social at Gateway Supply on August 26.