Candidate Profile: Carol Tempel

  • Feb 5, 2020
  • Carol Tempel

Carol Tempel, 2020 Candidate for SC House District 115

Why did you choose Emerge? 

Emerge is a specially designed program to inspire and prepare Democratic women for public service.  With it’s interactive and research-based practices, women candidates are prepared for the reality of a campaign.


What office are you running for and why? 

I am a candidate for SC House 115 representing James Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah, and Seabrook. I’m running because I know that our community deserves a representative who will advocate for issues that matter to people.  Our communities want quality early childhood education, K-12 schools, and colleges and universities as well as affordable health care and housing, good jobs with equal pay for equal work, and safe communities.  As a coastal community we are aware of climate change and the need to protect our coastal environment.  As an educator and scientist, I believe I can serve my community as a legislator and help make SC a better place.


What is your vision for your community? 

A community in which every person has the opportunity to achieve his/her fullest potential in a healthy, safe, and sustainable environment.



What/Who inspires you to run for office? 

I’m inspired to run for the legislature because I know how to work with others to influence public policy to achieve a quality public education for ALL children.


Which Democratic woman inspires you and why? 

My mother and grandmother are the Democratic women who have personally inspired me.  They  encouraged me to be the best I can be, to reach out and help others, to stand up for what I believe, to understand other’s points of view, and to be grateful for family and friends.


What’s the one thing you gained from Emerge and would like to share with others?

Having participated in Emerge, I am more confident and skilled about campaigning,    communicating, and networking with others. Emerge helps us stay connected with each other and it’s wonderful to hear about all of the accomplishments in public service.


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