South Carolina Green Party

Download a  South Carolina Green Party Flyer in PDF form.

This is the official weblog of the South Carolina Green Party, a ballot-qualified party with active chapters in Charleston, Greenville, and Richland Counties.  Many members exist at-large across the state.


South Carolina residents can join existing Green Party chapters or work as at-large members to build local parties in their area.

A check or paypal payment of $25 = one year SCGP dues and supports independent politics in South Carolina.

In order to pay for your membership online, visit the SCGP paypal account here:

If you prefer to pay by check, sent $25 to the SCGP mailbox:

  • South Carolina Green Party, Attn: David Whiteman, Treasurer, P.O. Box 5341, Columbia SC 29250

Membership dues are renewable annually.

Once your membership is processed, you will be encouraged to join the membership discussion forum and participating local groups.


The SCGP is a state affiliate of the Green Party of the United States and became a recognized party in the state in 2002. Today, we have a single elected official, Eugene Platt, who serves on the James Island Public Service District.

In 2010, Tom Clements, a Columbia nuclear policy expert working for Friends of the Earth, ran as the SC Green Party nominee for U.S. Senate against Republican Jim DeMint and Democrat Alvin Greene.  Clements was endorsed by the Rock Hill Herald, the National Sierra Club and by the Columbia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO among others.  After a vigorous statewide campaign, Clements obtained 121,472 votes, 9.22% of the total.

South Carolina is regarded as a politically conservative state, but it is also far more diverse and progressive than generally believed.

We are a small, ballot-qualified party working to broaden political participation in South Carolina.  We offer a route to political participation by progressives, reformers and workers for social justice.

If you wish to support the South Carolina Green Party, please donate, and join the party.

South Carolina Green Party Steering Committee

general email: scgreenpartyinfo@earthlink.net

general phone number: contact Co-Chair Scott West at 347-581-0230

Sue Edward, co-chair (2016-2018), Charleston, bflosue@earthlink.net
Scott West, co-chair (2016-2018), Columbia, slwest@gmail.com, 347-581-0230 (cell)
Harold Geddings (2015-2017), giddyiguana@gmail.com
David Gillespie (2016-2018), Berkeley, jdavidgi@gmail.com
Bill Kreml (2015-2017), Columbia, billkreml@gmail.com
Bryan Pugh (2015-2017), Orangeburg, legends@sc.rr.com
Mary Smith
(2015-2017), Ladson, marysmith320@gmail.com
Thom Taylor (2016-2018), Summerville, tours843@aol.com
David Whiteman (2015-2017), Columbia, davidpwhiteman@yahoo.com

Bylaws of the South Carolina Green Party


SCGP Office Holders

Eugene Platt (elected)
James Island Public Service District

SCGP delegates to Green Party National Committee

David Whiteman (delegate)
William Kreml (delegate)
Sue Edward (alternate)

SCGP members on Green Party national committees

Coordinated Campaign Committee:  vacant
International Committee: vacant
Media Committee:  vacant

Ten Key Values form the basis of the Green Party

Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.

All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.

Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature.  We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments.  We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.

Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system which is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.

We recognize it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living for all people while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer meaningful work with dignity, while paying a “living wage” which reflects the real value of a person’s work.

Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the environment and workers’ rights; broad citizen participation in planning; and enhancement of our “quality of life.” We support independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through democratic participation.

We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We should remember that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines.

We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.

We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well-being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.

Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or “unmaking” all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions.


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