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At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else. 

Shirley Chisholm

November 5, 1968

Hello my friends,

Last week I announced my candidacy in the race for a seat in the US House of Representatives, District #1, in South Carolina. I'm standing on some very strong shoulders, Miss Fannie Lou Hamer, Miss Septima Pointsette Clarke, and Miss Shirley Chisholm, and if they hadn't taken the abuse that came their way, put up with the mistreatment, the beatings, the persecution, and the financial catastrophes, I wouldn't be able to do what I'm doing today. I owe it to them and many others to run the best race that I can and I intend to do that.

Let me be clear: I'm a protest candidate. I'm protesting the upsurge of racism. I'm protesting the sexism. I'm protesting that the America I know is becoming something very different. 

And, let me warn you in advance, I'm playing the woman card--anything that bothers my sisters anywhere is on my list too; things like making less than a male counterpart. Things like working three jobs and still not being able to make ends meet. And, not having enough diverse voices in the statehouse, Congress and White House are on my list as well.

Here's the thing. I believe we can tackle these and many other issues if we have the political will. If enough of "us" -- determined, like-minded and focused on fairness for all and not a select few --  are at the table, we can get some things done. 

I want to be at the table. That's why I'm running. I'll bring my own chair. I'll stand outside the door, but I want in. 

For too long, those of us without substantial amounts of cash have been told "stay home," "you can't play this game." "You don't belong here." I respectfully disagree. I know that resources are needed to disseminate a message and I'm going to raise money and participate in fundraising. But I also know that lots of money doesn't always result in a win. A heartfelt and authentic message is still the key, so please, tell everyone you know that Toby Smith is running. Tell them her slogan is our voices, our votes and our future. Tell them Toby's got something to say. Tell them she's in to win!

Thank you.

Our voices. Our votes. Our future.

That's me, rocking the natural style

10 ways to help

1. Sign up to volunteer

2. Make a donation

3. Tell 10 friends to follow me on Facebook and Twitter

4. Help me walk neighborhoods

5. Buy a ream of copy paper

6. Sponsor a fundraising event

7. Invite friends over for dinner and donate what you would've paid.

8. Sponsor purchase of marketing  materials

9. Pay for a few broadcast commercials

10. Purchase printer cartridges

Let's keep in touch

1. Find me on Facebook, tobysmith4congress, like my page, and read my daily blog.

2. I like to share my schedule because so many people have asked me how to do this...how do actually do x, y and z. I want to be a part of passing the baton so I'll share this journey with you.

3. Send your advice, comments, suggestions, and feedback. Differences of opinion are not a problem, but profanity is. Give me 24 hours to respond. 

 

In the news...

Feb 5  My first TV interview (time 12:39) 

https://youtu.be/LSihAABq9_M

Feb 6 First newspaper article

https://www.charlestonchronicle.net/2018/02/06/toby-smith-hopes-to-continue-her-mission-as-1st-dist-congresswoman/

                                                          What's new

1. How and Why tab: Video of District # 1 Road Trip  

2. Facebook post: Don't take away the tips and fund after school 

3. LinkedIn Article: Running for Office is Tough But Here's 5 Reasons Why you Should Do It!

3. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/running-office-tough-heres-5-reasons-why-you-should-do-toby-smith/  

 

 

 


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