Democratic candidates for District 4 congressional race speak at forum


Ahead of Tuesday’s run-off election, two Democratic candidates vying for Rep. Trey Gowdey’s seat in Congress faced questions at a forum hosted by The Greenville News on Wednesday.

Either Doris Lee Turner or Brandon Brown will be the Democrat on the ticket this November, facing a Republican challenger in the race for District 4.

Wednesday, Turner and Brown took questions from the Greenville News and social media at a public forum.

Both candidates touted their support for Democratic causes from public education to gun control to healthcare. 

Candidate Brandon Brown, who is an upstate native, ran for Congress in 2004.

“This campaign is about bringing  us together, uniting the 4th Congressional District, taking away the hateful tone of racial bigotry… stop separating families, but putting people first and putting people to work providing health care and education,” Brown said. “That’s what I’m going to be fighting for.”

Brown has worked in college administrations and business.

His opponent Doris Lee Turner has held a number of jobs. She most recently worked as a tax consultant for those in the top bracket. 

She says she was inspired in get into politics by what she sees as tax giveaways to the wealth by the Trump administration. 

“I joke and say I’m like many women, I got mad at a man, and that’s why I’m here,” Turner said. “One is I got mad at Steve Mnuchin when he waved the one page of tax reform, and the next I stay mad at Jeff Sessions, which is very pertinent with today’s current situation with the border children.”

A Democrat has not won the District 4 Congressional seat in decades, but both Brown and Turner say they think they have what it takes. 

“The challenge is the Democrats have to have the right message,” Brown said. “That message is our Southern values are still alive. Our values are family first are still alive, and our values of who we walk with and that’s Christ is still alive. And that’s what I plan on doing.”

“I believe if we can motivate and activate the disinterested voter, the disenfranchised voter, the ones who think they don’t have anyone or anything to vote for…that’s part of it,” Turner said.

The Greenville News has invited the Republican candidates in the District 4 Congressional race to a forum Thursday evening.

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