These Richland lawmakers are throwing support behind Elizabeth Warren. Here’s why

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren snagged endorsements from two Richland County lawmakers this week in her bid to win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Democratic state Reps. Wendy Brawley and Kambrell Garvin threw their support behind the Massachusetts congresswoman, touting her record for releasing “ambitious policy proposals” and fighting for the working class.

Brawley of Hopkins said Warren “gets it,” according to a statement from Warren’s campaign. “She understands the problems millions of Americans face every day trying to keep a roof over their head and food on the family table.”

Warren ”has well-thought out plans that actually solve problems,” said Brawley, a former Richland 1 schools chairperson now in her second state House term. “I agree with her that our government must be restructured to work better for every day citizens struggling to keep up in an economy that is stacked against them.”

Garvin of Columbia focused more on Warren’s proposals when it comes to education in his endorsement.

“As a former community organizer and public school teacher, law graduate, state legislator and life-long advocate for South Carolina’s public schools, I believe that education is key to lifting children out of poverty and providing them the tools for success,” Garvin said, in the campaign statement.

Garvin added “the growing burden of student debt is creating economic barriers for college graduates. I chose to support Elizabeth Warren because of her ambitious policy proposals and sincere desire to make the American Dream obtainable for all families.”

Brawley and Garvin co-wrote an op-ed in support of Warren, which appeared in The State Wednesday. The duo wrote that the only way South Carolina could present an equal opportunity for all residents is through sweeping changes to the state’s economy.

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Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.