Year of birth: 1945
Number of years living in the district you seeks to represent:
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Spouse, Matthew Dickerson; children Mark & MeLicia “MeMe”
Graduate: Sophornia Tompkins High School (Savannah, Georgia)
Savannah Technical College (Attended 1 year 1965)
Mme. Cargo School of Cosmetology 1966-67)
Midlands Technical College (1989)
Benedict College (1993)
Richland County (Elected Official)
Employment, military and volunteer history:
*Independent Business Owner – Salon & SPA
Kansas Neurology Institute (Cosmetologist)
Williams & Steel Company – Tele Communication Department (Columbus, Ohio)
South Carolina Department of Mental Health (Cosmetologist)
Ideal-JGA (Account Manager Steel)
WCCT-TV – WACH-TV (Office Manager)
Independent Business Owner/Amcol
Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, when and where:
Richland County Council 2004 (Richland County SC) 2004 - present
Please list year and office of any unsuccessful runs for public office:
Ran for House Seat 71 in 1996
Other political and government experience:
Key endorsements you’ve received:
South Carolina AFL-CIO
1. What makes you the most qualified person to hold this position? (Be specific.)
First of all, I am an African American woman who have not forgotten who I am, what I am, where I am and how I got here. I am humbly grateful for those who fought, bled and died so that I would have the opportunity to run for the United States Senate. I am humble by the many experiences that have afforded me opportunities in which to serve my community. I am currently the Vice Chair of Richland County Council where I have served for the past nine years. I have a proven record of working with people across party and racial lines to resolve problems. I have long-term political experience starting at the grassroots precinct level. I have served as a community organizer in my neighborhood for over thirty years. In addition, I served as a volunteer Band Booster Club parent at Columbia High School in Richland School District One. It is my experiences that make me highly qualified to serve as a United States Senator.
2. What will be your top three priorities if you are elected? (100 words for each issue)
1. Veterans Administration Accountability – I am pleased to see so many candidates now getting involved in finding solution to the horrible situation that exist in the VA hospitals nationwide. I will continue to make sure that the VA vigorously continues its efforts to provide better service to our vets.
2. Minimum Wage Increase- I believe that it is advantageous to improve the minimum wage to $10.10 because it would be a stimulus to stimulate the economy and help to improve a family’s quality of life. When people have more money to spend it boost the economy.
3. Protection of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security - Protecting Medicare, Retirement and Social Security are extremely high on my list of priorities. These benefits are not entitlement they are earned. I believe that the Affordable Health Care Act will enhance the quality of healthcare services for all people.
3a. *For non-incumbents:* How would your approach to your job differ from the incumbent’s?
1. Extend open-door policy to meeting with the citizens of South Carolina and the country.
2. Accessible to the citizens by keeping them informed and engaged in the decision-making by organizing state and local advisory committees nationwide.
3. Business friendly relationship between Main Street and Wall Street.
4. Describe at least one significant political position you hold that would clash with your political base.
None, I support the Democratic Platform.
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics complaint filed against you? If so, please give the details.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
7. Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing?
1. I am the Vice Chair of Richland County Council. In the past, I have Chaired Administration and Finance Committee and Development and Services.
2. I have been engaged in politics since 1982
3. Initiated reinstating the South Carolina Democratic Women’s Council (DWC)
4. Initiated reinstating the Richland County Democratic Women’s (RDW)
5. I have a long work history.
6. I have served on numerous local, national and state boards; including, the South Carolina Association of Counties, National Association of Counties, National Multi-Modal Transportation Steering Committee (NMMTSC), Federal Communications Commission’s Chair of the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC); National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), National Order for Women Legislators (NOWL); National Foundation for Women Legislators Telecommunications Advisory Committee NFWL/AC) National Association of Counties Telecommunication & Technology (T&T),and the National Association of Counties Women of NACo Leadership Network (WON)
7. In addition, I Chaired Central Midlands Regional Authority (CMRTA); serve on the Council of Governments (COG) and Chaired the Transportation Sub-Committee.
8. I have been actively engaged and involved in leadership roles in each of the above as chair and/or president.