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Gilda Cobb-Hunter

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Gilda Cobb-Hunter
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South Carolina House District 66
Incumbent
In office
1992 - Present
Term ends
November 10, 2014
Years in position 22
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$131/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionSocial Worker
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Gilda Cobb-Hunter (b. November 5, 1952) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 66. She was first elected to the chamber in 1992. From 1997 to 2000, she served as State House Minority Leader.

Biography

Hunter earned her B.S. from Florida A&M University in 1973. She went on to receive her M.A. from Florida State University in 1978. She then earned her LISW from the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners in 1990.

Hunter was a Teacher at Belleville Middle School in 1978. In 1979, she worked as an Instructor at South Carolina State University. She then worked as a Caseworker for the Orangeburg Department of Social Services from 1979 to 1984. She has been Executive Director of CASA Family Services since 1985. She currently works as a Social Work Administrator.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cobb-Hunter served on the following committees:

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of South Carolina House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on June 10, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Incumbent Gilda Cobb-Hunter is unopposed in the Democratic primary.[1]

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cobb-Hunter ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12, as well as the general election on November 6.[2][3]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 66, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGilda Cobb-Hunter Incumbent 99.4% 14,236
     Other Write-Ins 0.6% 81
Total Votes 14,317

2010

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cobb-Hunter ran unopposed in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 66 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Cobb-Hunter won, after running unopposed, in the general election on November 2[4].

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 66 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D) 8,823 99.05%
Write-In 85 0.95%

2008

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Cobb-Hunter won re-election to the 66th District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Tim Hawkins (R).

Cobb-Hunter raised $85,163 for her campaign, while Hawkins raised $0.[5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 66 (2008)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D) 10,986
Tim Hawkins (R) 3,363

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cobb-Hunter is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Cobb-Hunter raised a total of $412,815 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[6]

Gilda Cobb-Hunter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State House, District 66 Won $34,383
2010 South Carolina State House, District 66 Won $29,125
2008 South Carolina State House, District 66 Won $85,163
2006 South Carolina State House, District 66 Won $68,980
2004 South Carolina State House, District 66 Won $40,997
2002 South Carolina State House, District 66 Won $73,774
2000 South Carolina State House, District 66 Won $48,077
1998 South Carolina State House, District 66 Won $7,765
1996 South Carolina State House, District 66 Won $24,551
Grand Total Raised $412,815

2012

Cobb-Hunter won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Cobb-Hunter raised a total of $34,383.

2010

Cobb-Hunter won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Cobb-Hunter raised a total of $29,125.

2008

Cobb-Hunter won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Cobb-Hunter raised a total of $85,163.

2006

Cobb-Hunter won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Cobb-Hunter raised a total of $68,980.

2004

Cobb-Hunter won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Cobb-Hunter raised a total of $40,997.

2002

Cobb-Hunter won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Cobb-Hunter raised a total of $73,774.

2000

Cobb-Hunter won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Cobb-Hunter raised a total of $48,077.

1998

Cobb-Hunter won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Cobb-Hunter raised a total of $7,765.

1996

Cobb-Hunter won re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Cobb-Hunter raised a total of $24,551.

Scorecards

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."[7]

2012

Gilda Cobb-Hunter received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 87th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[8] Her score was followed by representatives Kristopher Crawford (13%), Laurie Funderburk (13%), and Jerry Govan, Jr. (13%).[9]

Personal

Hunter has a husband, Terry. She served on the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee in 2004.

Controversies

Nonprofit earmark

In June 2013, Cobb-Hunter was involved in sponsoring a controversial $200,000 earmark for a nonprofit organization called CASA Family Systems, of which Cobb-Hunter is an executive director, in South Carolina’s 2013-14 proposed state budget.[10] The earmark would constitute more than 25% of the organization’s average annual revenues over the past two fiscal years, if passed. Cobb-Hunter responded by e-mail to The Nerve, which broke the story, and affirmed her sponsorship of the earmark but added, "I don’t see it as a conflict of interest and believe full disclosure of the funding puts it out there for all to see." Cobb-Hunter voted in favor of a budget amendment that contained the earmark, but she remarked that her June 5th vote for that measure "was in error" and that she "should’ve abstained."[10]

As reported by The Nerve, a project of the South Carolina Policy Council, Cobb-Hunter stated her abstaining from a March 2013 vote on the original version of the House budget was consistent with the rules, even though South Carolina state law permits legislators a vote on the whole budget even after prior recusals on individual budget sections, “which means that they, in effect, are approving appropriations for those agencies where conflicts of interest exist or potentially exist.”

No accusations of wrong-doing were leveled against Cobb-Hunter. Laws covering state ethics provide that no state lawmaker or public official is permitted to use their “official office, membership, or employment to obtain an economic interest for himself, a family member, an individual with whom he is associated, or a business with which he is associated."[10]

Governor Nikki Haley (R) vetoed this provision of the state budget, and at Cobb-Hunter's request, the legislature sustained the veto. Cobb-Hunter cited concerns about confusion surrounding the provision. Cobb-Hunter abstained from the vote.[10]

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South Carolina House of Representatives District 66
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