Senator Marlon Kimpson Announces Democratic Presidential Town Hall Meetings; Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders Confirmed

Charleston, South Carolina—State Senator Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston) announced today that he will be hosting a series of town hall meetings in Senate District 42 with several 2016 Democratic Presidential candidates. The Charleston Democratic Party and State Representatives David Mack, Seth Whipper and Wendell Gilliard will be serving as co-hosts for the events. All of the Democratic candidates have been invited. The candidates that have confirmed are Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. The date and other logistics for each candidate to appear are still being worked out and will be released as soon as the information is available.

“In an effort to educate the voters about the choices in the upcoming Presidential Primary, I plan to host a series of Town Hall meetings with each of the Democratic candidates,” said Kimpson. “The events that have transpired in Charleston County this year will shape the discourse for the meetings,” added Kimpson.

“We are interested in substantively engaging with the candidates about their views on law enforcement reform, income inequality, public education and healthcare,” said State Representative David Mack.

“We are working to ensure that there are a number of diverse constituent groups involved in these town hall meetings,” said Brady Quirk-Garvan, Chairman of the Charleston County Democratic Party. “If we all work together, we can ensure that we elect another Democrat to the White House in 2016,” added Quirk-Garvan.

For more information, please contact Radia Heyward at, and sign-up for Senator Kimpson’s newsletter which will post registration details for each town hall meeting.



Post & Courier: Sen. Marlon Kimpson wants to introduce a little common sense to gun debate

Post & CourierBy Brian Hicks

State Sen. Marlon Kimpson is no fool.

He’s not some starry-eyed idealist living in fantasyland, naïve to political reality.

But some people probably will think that, since last week he announced plans to push for tougher gun laws for South Carolina.

Political watchers know that most elected officials run for cover anytime someone has the temerity to suggest anything that could be construed as infringing on the Second Amendment. Read more ›

Post & Courier: MUSC deserves credits for acknowledging the sins of their forefathers

Post & Courierby Brian Hicks

It’s a shame Mary Moultrie didn’t live to see this.

Last week, trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina apologized for the hospital’s policy of racial discrimination that led to the 1969 hospital strike.

So bravo, and better late than never because — make no mistake — it was discrimination, pure and simple.

The hospital had a policy of paying black “non-professional workers” — the nurse’s aides, the food service workers, the people who changed the bed linens — 30 cents an hour less than the federal minimum wage. Read more ›

The State: Senator to push S.C. gun-control bills


A Charleston state senator says he will introduce gun-control legislation in January in response to recent gun violence in his home city.

State Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, said the June 17 slayings at Emanuel AME Church and more recent incidents of gun violence show the need for tighter restrictions on gun ownership.

Kimpson said he hopes the state Senate will give his proposals serious consideration when it returns to work in January. “I don’t think there is any dispute that there is a direct correlation between weak gun laws and violence,” Kimpson told The State on Monday. “It is within our power to do something about it.” Read more ›

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Marlon E. Kimpson
Telephone: (803) 212-6056
Fax: (803) 212-6299
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 142
Columbia, South Carolina 29202
Physical Address:
613 Gressette Bldg.
Columbia, South Carolina 29201