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Democrat Mac Deford Announces First Round of Endorsements in Race for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.

Mount Pleasant, SC—Today, the campaign for Democrat Mac Deford released his first round of endorsements from diverse leaders and organizations across the Lowcountry and beyond. These endorsements reflect the wide-ranging support Deford has received and reflect his widespread appeal to a diverse electorate. 


The list of endorsements includes:

  • U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)

  • Harvard College Democrats

  • Local 846 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union (Ironworkers Local 846)

  • Councilman Karl Brady, City of Charleston 

  • Councilman Steve Alfred, Town of Hilton Head Island

  • Councilman Daniel Brownstein, Town of Mount Pleasant

  • Greg Perry, Former Charleston County Democratic Party Chair & Community Leader

  • Dr. George Tempel, Former Charleston County Democratic Party Chair & Community Leader

  • Blaine Lotz, Former Beaufort County Democratic Party Chair & Community Leader 

  • Lynne Lotz, Community Leader & Advocate

  • Bobbie Rose, Former Democratic Candidate for U.S. Congress (SC01)

  • Cindy Boatwright, former candidate for SC House District 99 & Community Advocate

  • Erica Sampson, Community Youth Leader & Advocate

  • Madison McDonald, First Time Voter & Student Leader

  • Kyle Brantley, Vice President, College Democrats of South Carolina 


Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger praised Deford, stating, "Mac Deford is exactly what Congress needs now: fresh ideas, energy, and an eye toward real solutions. Mac is eager to serve and make a difference, drawing from his experience serving our nation in uniform, in the private sector, and local government. I endorse Mac with pride and enthusiasm."


The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union, the parent group of Ironworkers 846, has a current membership of 140,000 with 15,000 apprentices. Members of this union have worked on nearly every major construction project—the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sears Tower, the World Trade Center, and the World Trade Center recovery effort, to name a few. 


In response to the endorsements, Mac Deford said, "Receiving support from such distinguished people and organizations is both an honor and a humbling experience. Their belief in my capabilities for the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina affirms my commitment to securing a victory in June and November. Moving ahead, I pledge to be bold in meeting the challenges of our time, including safeguarding a woman’s autonomy over her healthcare choices, advocating for affordable housing and infrastructure improvements, supporting public education and our teachers, and pushing for sensible gun safety laws.” 


Mac Deford is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and attorney, having served as in-house counsel for the Town of Mount Pleasant and General Counsel for the Town of Hilton Head Island. At the age of 35, Deford embodies the energy and perspective of a new generation of leaders poised to tackle the challenges of our time. He stands as a committed public servant, ready to restore stability to Congress and champion the needs of the Lowcountry. 

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