The Young Democrats of South Carolina (YDSC) is proud to announce the relaunch of its chapter for the Sea Islands Region. Based on Hilton Head Island, the chapter will be responsible for empowering young Democrats across Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties.
“The re-establishment of the Sea Islands Region is incredibly important for the future of the Lowcountry,” says Michael Edward Walsh, Region Chair for YDSC | Sea Islands Region. “Our local communities in Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties face a variety of long-term political, economic, social, and environmental challenges (e.g., climate change; income inequality; economic growth) that cannot be resolved without peaceful reform and effective government. Unfortunately, young people across Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties have long been deprived of a political platform to make their voices heard on these issues. The goal of YDSC | Sea Islands Region is to provide these young people with the opportunity to become leaders on these issues in their local communities.”
The same day, the Sea Islands region launched their website, youngdemssi.org.
"The new site features a variety of resources that can help young people across Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties improve the health and welfare of their local communities through peaceful reform and effective government. For example, it provides information on how young people can register to vote or obtain absentee ballots. This includes specific information for young people who are disabled, in the military, or speak Spanish.
"The new site also provides a platform for young Democrats to make their voices heard on contemporary political, economic, social, and environmental issues across the Lowcountry. For example, its blog will allow young people to share their perspectives on issues impacting their local communities.
"'Our goal was to provide young people in the Sea Islands Region with a user-friendly site that is easy to navigate and localized to meet their needs,' said Michael Edward Walsh, the Sea Islands Region Chair at Young Democrats of South Carolina. 'That is why we did a complete redesign of not only the site but also of our brand. We wanted to present young people across Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties with more than just a website. We wanted to provide them with a shared identity.'"
Click here to check out the Sea Islands region website at www.youngdemssi.org!
The region will be a federation of four county Young Democrats clubs. Two of the Young Democrats county leads have already been selected. John Polk of Hampton County will be leading the organization in that county. Born and reared in Hampton County, Polk is a veteran political operative and South Carolina Historian. At an early age, he acquired a deep appreciation for the Lowcountry while attending neighborhood public schools in Hampton County. And, he remains dedicated to the ideals of moving South Carolina forward.
“As a native of Hampton County, it is an honor to accept this appointment,” says Polk. “I am committed to working with young people across the sea island region to achieve common sense results for the greater good of the Palmetto State.”
Bluffton resident Bridgette Frazier will be the representative from Beaufort County.
Frazier has volunteered for several state and local campaigns, including the 2002 Jim Hodges Campaign, the 2016 Lisa Sulka for Mayor Campaign, and the 2016 Dan Wood for Town Council Campaign.
Professionally, Frazier is the Founder and CEO of The Oscar Frazier Foundation – a local nonprofit that provides scholarships to local area high school students, supports local student athletes participating with the Bluffton Parks & Leisure programs, and recognizes local humanitarians who are doing great things within the community. Frazier also runs and operates her own catering company known as Deliciously Couture; D.B.A Gullah Fried Sweet. And, she is employed full-time as a high school English teacher with the Beaufort County School System.
Separately, Frazier serves as a board member for the Bluffton Martin Luther King Observance Committee and the Bluffton Community Center. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
Previously, Frazier was as an educator for eight years in the Palm Beach County, Florida school system.
Frazier received a BA in Professional English from South Carolina State University and an MPA in Public Administration with a concentration in Disaster Management from American Public University.
The region is still looking for county representatives for Jasper and Colleton counties, so if you're interested, you can contact region chair Eddie Walsh at this link! Applications for both are due on March 15!