Bakari Sellers

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Bakari Sellers
Bakari Sellers.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Date of primaryJune 10, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
South Carolina House District 90
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMorehouse College, 2005
Personal
ProfessionNAACP Regional Director
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bakari T. Sellers (b. September 18, 1984) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 90. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Sellers is running for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 2014.[1] He formally announced his candidacy on June 6, 2013.[2]

Biography

Sellers earned his B.A. from Morehouse College in 2005. He then attended the University of South Carolina School of Law. Sellers is the Southeastern Regional Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Sellers was a Congressional Intern with Congressman Jim Clyburn in 2003. He then served as a Mayoral Intern with Mayor Shirley Franklin in 2004.

Sellers has been highlighted by Time Magazine as one of the 40 leaders under 40 who are "rising stars of American politics.[3] In June 2011, Governing Magazine named Sellers one of 12 "Democratic Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities such as leadership, ambition, and political potential.[4]

Sellers is the son of Civil Rights leader Cleveland Sellers, the current president of Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sellers served on the following committees:

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sellers served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sellers served on the following committees:

Issues

Merit-based pay

In April 2011, Sellers offered his thoughts on teacher performance-based pay to a Dutch Fork High class. Sellers said he's afraid that, under new S.C. Department of Education Superintendent Mick Zais, South Carolina teachers won't have input in the discussion.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: South Carolina Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Sellers is running for South Carolina Lieutenant Governor in 2014.[2][6][1] He won the Democratic Party nomination in the unopposed primary election on June 10, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Race background

Former South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell was hired by the College of Charleston as president and left the office in June 2014.[7] The current Senate President Pro Tempore, Republican state Sen. John Courson, would normally be next in line but he expressed a desire to stay in the Senate. As such, a Democratic state Sen., John McGill, was temporarily elected president pro tempore so that he could become Interim Lieutenant Governor.

If McGill had decided that he wanted to remain Lieutenant Governor after January 2014, he would have needed to run as an independent candidate since the filing deadlines and primaries for partisan passed prior to his elevation. The filing deadline for a prospective independent candidate was July 15 and McGill had given no indication that he intended to run for lieutenant governor by that deadline.


2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sellers ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12 and won in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 90, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBakari Sellers Incumbent 55.2% 8,301
     Republican Dan Lawrence 44.7% 6,721
     Other Write-Ins 0% 7
Total Votes 15,029

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sellers ran unopposed in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 90 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Sellers won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2.[10]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 90 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bakari Sellers (D) 6,876 98.88%
Write-In 78 1.12%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Sellers won re-election, after running unopposed, to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 9,708 votes, representing District 90. 

Sellers raised $25,515 for his campaign.[11]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 90 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bakari Sellers (D) 9,708

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sellers is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Sellers raised a total of $92,768 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.[12]

Bakari Sellers's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 90 Won $25,849
2010 South Carolina State House, District 90 Won $15,780
2008 South Carolina State House, District 90 Won $25,515
2006 South Carolina State House, District 90 Won $25,624
Grand Total Raised $92,768

2012

Sellers won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sellers raised a total of $25,849.
South Carolina House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bakari Sellers's campaign in 2012
South Carolina Association of Justice$1,000
Scana Corp$1,000
Brownstone Construction Group$1,000
Conservation Voters of South Carolina$1,000
Harbison Properties Inc$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$25,849
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Sellers won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Sellers raised a total of $15,780.

2008

Sellers won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Sellers raised a total of $25,515.

2006

Sellers won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Sellers raised a total of $25,624.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in South Carolina

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of South Carolina scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2013-2014

The South Carolina State Legislature was in its 120th legislative session from January 8, 2013, to June 6, 2014. In 2014, a statewide session was held from June 17 to June 19 "for the consideration of certain specified matters."[13]

  • Legislators are scored on business issues, including: infrastructure funding, the Department of Employment and Workforce Integrity bill, expanding 4-year-old kindergarten and funding for the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council.
  • The scorecards are not comprehensive, but concentrate on issues related to jobs, spending, and freedom.
  • Legislators are scored on efforts to promote economic freedom, lower taxes, create an efficient and accountable state government, reduce spending, protect small businesses and reform the state's pension system.

2011-2012

The South Carolina State Legislature was in its 119th legislative session from January 11, 2011, to June 7, 2012. On June 2, 2011, Governor Nikki Haley attempted to call the Legislature into an "emergency" special session to begin on June 7 to create the new South Carolina Department of Administration. A lawsuit was filed by Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, in which he contended that Haley's call for a special session was unconstitutional, and that it violated the state Constitution's requirement of separation of powers among the governor, legislature and courts.[14] On June 6, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled 3-2 against Governor Haley, stating that her order violated the Legislature's ability to set its calendar and agenda.[15] The legislature met in a special redistricting session from June 14 - July 1.[16] The legislature re-convened July 26.[17]

  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.
  • Legislators are scored on medicaid flexibility, economic development, vetoes sustained, and record of votes.
  • Legislators are scored on limited government, the free market, and individual liberty and responsibility.
  • The RLC supports individual rights, limited government and free enterprise.
  • BIPEC uses roll call votes on business and industry issues to calculate a Vote Score for members of South Carolina's state legislature.
  • Legislators are scored on efforts to promote economic freedom, lower taxes, create an efficient and accountable state government, reduce spending, protect small businesses and reform the state's pension system.

The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard

See also: The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee's Legislative Score Card

The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, a conservative pro-limited government think tank in South Carolina, releases its Scorecard for South Carolina Representatives and Senators once a year. The Scorecard gives each a legislator a score based on how they voted in the two-year legislative term prior to the election on specific issues which the Palametto Liberty PAC thought were anti-limited government. "Most of the votes shown on the score card are votes that we lost. Now we can identify the Legislators that caused us to lose these votes. These Legislators are the ones who need to be replaced if we are to achieve the vision of having the most free state in the nation."[18]

2012

Bakari Sellers received a score of 7% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 121st out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[19] His score was followed by representatives Robert Williams (7%), Terry Alexander (0%), and Harold Mitchell, Jr. (0%).[20]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The State, "Sellers to run for lieutenant governor," June 4, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 WISTV.com, "Bakari Sellers forms committee for lt. gov. run," June 6, 2013
  3. Time Magazine, "40 under 40," October 2010
  4. Governing, "GOP Legislators to Watch," May 24, 2011
  5. The Nerve, "Sellers on Teacher-Merit Pay," April 19, 2011
  6. The Post and Courier, "S.C. lieutenant governor’s race could heat up soon," May 8, 2013
  7. The State, "McConnell named College of Charleston president," March 24, 2014
  8. AP.org, "South Carolina State Senate and State House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2012
  9. South Carolina State Election Commission, "2012 Candidates," accessed April 24, 2012
  10. www.enr-scvotes.org, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 1, 2014
  11. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  12. followthemoney.org, "Sellers, Bakari," accessed July 10, 2013
  13. South Carolina State Legislature Online, "H*5282 Concurrent Resolution," accessed June 26, 2014
  14. The State, "Haley tells court she has right to call special session," 6 June 2011
  15. Wltx.com, "SC Supreme Court Rules Against Nikki Haley's Extra Session," June 6, 2011
  16. TheSunNews.com, "S.C. House to have special session in June," 6 May 2011
  17. The Island Packet, "S.C. Senate OKs new congressional districted anchored in Beaufort County," June 29, 2011
  18. The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
  19. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed April 11, 2014
  20. Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014