James's Listening Tour Continues in 2018

 

James's Listening Tour has continued into 2018 with James criss-crossing the state in the New Year, sharing his positive vision for our state and hearing from voters about the issues that matter most. Here are a few highlights from the past few days.

I love solving problems, building relationships and finding ways to move our state forward. Every day as governor, I will wake up … and make sure we’re moving in the right direction.
— James Smith, speaking to Spartanburg County Democratic Party
 James visits with South Carolinians at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala at Furman University, hosted by the Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation, January 7, 2018. James had the chance to meet new friends and reconnect with old friends.

James visits with South Carolinians at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala at Furman University, hosted by the Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation, January 7, 2018. James had the chance to meet new friends and reconnect with old friends.

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 James met with the Spartanburg County Democratic Party on January 8.  Read GoUpstate.com's coverage of James's visit to Spartanburg.

James met with the Spartanburg County Democratic Party on January 8. Read GoUpstate.com's coverage of James's visit to Spartanburg.

 Meeting for lunch with voters in Spartanburg County.

Meeting for lunch with voters in Spartanburg County.

On issues, he said he would expand South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness, an early childhood education initiative, along with child care to rural parts of the state.

Also, he said teachers are “on the front line” of education and deserve more support from the state. He said lottery funds have helped education, but that lawmakers are taking money away from other sources meant for higher education.
— GoUpstate.com on James's plans for education
 In the Upstate with the Democratic Women of Greenville, January 8.

In the Upstate with the Democratic Women of Greenville, January 8.

 
I care more about doing the job than keeping the job.
— James Smith, January 8