Columbia, S.C. — Today, Jaime Harrison, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, announced endorsements from Jennifer Clyburn Reed, NARAL, Inez Tenenbaum, Kaye Koonce and more than 60 women from across South Carolina.
“I am honored to have the support of women from all over the state and the country as we fight to restore hope to the millions of South Carolinians that have lost it,” Harrison said. “Some of South Carolina’s congressional leaders have trampled upon women’s reproductive rights, denied women the ability to access quality and affordable health care and paid family leave, and have repeatedly voted against equal pay legislation. Unlike Senator Lindsey Graham, I will fight for universal healthcare so women and their families can access the health care they need. I will also work to ensure the Violence Against Women Act is reauthorized protecting women and children. I’m proud to be an unwavering ally in this fight for equality and justice for all.”
“From his time serving as a senior advisor to Congressman Jim Clyburn, to his tenure as South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman, Jaime Harrison has held an exceptional record of elevating women and families,” Jennifer Clyburn Reed, University of South Carolina’s Director of the Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students, said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that Jaime is the servant leader we deserve representing us in the U.S. Senate. Unlike his opponent, Jaime will fight for every woman’s right to live a healthy and prosperous life.”
“Jaime Harrison has been an outspoken champion of reproductive freedom, and NARAL is proud to endorse his candidacy at this critical time in our nation’s history,” Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said. “As anti-choice extremists like Senator Graham continue to launch unprecedented attacks on our fundamental freedoms, South Carolinians deserve a leader who will truly fight for women and families — which means protecting their constitutional right to make personal decisions about pregnancy, free from political interference.”
“Jaime Harrison will be an advocate for women and girls in South Carolina by ensuring they have equal opportunity in education, the work place, and in life,” Inez Tenenbaum, former South Carolina State Superintendent of Education, said. “He will support our public schools and our teachers by supporting equitable funding in education.”
“Jaime is smart, determined, and tenacious. For the more than 18 years I’ve known him, he has shown a deep appreciation for women and a respect for their counsel,” Kaye Koonce, former vice chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, said. “During our time serving at the South Carolina Democratic Party, he helped lift up many female leaders, particularly through the Clyburn Fellowship. I know when he is elected to the U.S. Senate he will continue to hire and support South Carolina women.”
Growing up in a household where a missed day of work meant bills were not paid, Jaime has lived through the stress that confronts many South Carolina families. He believes no parent should have to choose between their job and caring for their child, and no person should miss valuable moments with their loved ones because of work. South Carolina has no guarantee of paid maternity leave for soon-to-be mothers.
According to the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, South Carolina is ranked 49th for best states for working moms. South Carolina’s lack of access to quality maternal health care is pervasive. The Palmetto State ranks eighth in highest death rates among new mothers.
You can find the full list of women endorsements HERE.
In addition to the endorsements, Jaime Harrison for U.S. Senate launched new “Women for Jaime” Facebook and Twitter pages.