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Alston seeking bid for District 50 House seat

Posted: March 14, 2016 4:41 p.m.
Updated: March 15, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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Brian Alston

Brian L. Alston, of Rembert, is seeking election to the S.C House of Representatives District 50 (Sumter, Lee, & Kershaw Counties) seat in the upcoming Democratic Primary. 

In a press release, Alston said he ran a “surprisingly close race” in a 2014 bid for District 50 against Rep. Grady Brown, the longest serving member of the S.C. House of Representatives, who recently announced he would not be seeking reelection.

Alston said he was overwhelmed by the “broad base of support that he received in his quest to represent the district in the halls of the South Carolina State Legislature.” 

Since then, Alston said, he has continued to stay involved in the district and address some of the issues raised in the 2014 Democratic Primary. Those issues include education, criminal justice reform, and economic development and will be the focus of his campaign. 

“I was encouraged to run by many of the supporters of the 2014 campaign and the need to address the daily issues in this district,” Alston said. “I expect this to be a hard fought campaign as last time. However, I am encouraged by the residents’ desire to have change and try new approaches. I am prepared for this challenge and ready to fight for the citizens of this district.” 

Alston attended elementary and middle school in Sumter County, graduated from Columbia High School in 2006 with honors and sixth in his class. He graduated with honors in 2011 from Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and minor in Criminal Justice. 

“While at Morehouse, I had the opportunity to travel to as far as Central America and the Panama Canal with the Honorable Archbishop Desmond Tutu to study issues concerning race, ethnicity, human rights and sustainable development within the Afro-Latin Diaspora,” Alston said. 

A community organizer and political activist, Alston served as a legislative aide for the S.C. General Assembly in the office of state senators Marlon Kimpson and Assistant Minority Leader John W. Matthews Jr. 

In 2015, Alston served as a “Hillary Rodham Clinton for America Fellow,” addressing field organizing, canvassing and political engagement across South Carolina. Most recently, Alston was selected as a part of the Honorable Jim Clyburn’s Political Fellowship inaugural class as an ambassador to South Carolina’s Democratic Party and Congressman Clyburn’s legacy. 

Alston said he is running for public office because decades of the same approach has not benefitted the average citizen of this district.

“It is time to seize the moment. The challenges are great, now is the time to change for our future. We need a vibrant, focused and involved representative that pays attention to details and will lead us into the future,” he said.

Alston is a lifelong member of the High Hills A.M.E. Church (Dalzell). He is a member of the Sumter County Branch of the NAACP, One Sumter Movement, Sumter County Vision in Progress, Rembert-Rafting Creek Community Center and Morehouse College National Alumni Association. 

The Democratic Primary is Tuesday, June 14, 2016. 

Alston said for more information about him, people can contact him at al ston4sc@gmail.com.


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