We need a Senator that will fight for families in South Carolina. I believe we can build a bold new vision for South Carolina. With your help, we'll build stronger families, stronger communities, and a stronger South Carolina.
I am Fletcher N. Smith, Jr. I am running for the South Carolina Senate because I believe that it is vital that the people of District 7 have a strong advocate fighting for them in the Senate. As a Senator, I will make it my mission to help bring affordable housing, economic development, good-paying jobs, improved education, safer streets, and increased accessibility to health care for our seniors to South Carolina.
South Carolina is strongest when its residents and families are working, treated with dignity and respect, and have access to opportunities to reach their full potential. South Carolina is a great state, but we still have so much work to do.
I believe that I am the best person to lead District 7 and represent it in the State Senate. Strong leadership from District 7 will lead to better policies, which will, in turn, lead to better outcomes for all South Carolinians. I am so focused on leadership because that is what District 7 and South Carolina needs, especially today. It is time for our leaders to rise. And it is time for District 7 to move past representation that rests on its laurels, is reactive instead of proactive, and simply goes along to get along.
The kind of leadership I’m talking about requires more than just talk — it also requires action, grit, and a willingness to fight for what one believes in.
If my life’s work has shown anything, it is that I am a fighter. I have been fighting for justice for South Carolinians my entire adult life. As an attorney, I had the honor and privilege of representing families and individuals in court, protecting their constitutional and familial rights. As a former member of the S.C. House of Representatives, I served the people of Greenville’s District 23 in the Statehouse for six terms. Before I served in the Statehouse, I represented the people of Greenville on the County Council, where I was also the chair of the Public Safety Committee.
Along with action, grit, and a willingness to fight, I bring a considerable amount of experience in public policy, advocacy, and law. As a State Representative, I learned how the Statehouse works and how to get things done. I built relationships that helped advance meaningful reforms, and I know that as a Senator, I can do it again. The people of District 7 can rest assured that with me in the Senate, they will have a Senator focused on advancing meaningful policy initiatives that will improve the lives of South Carolinians throughout the state.
When I’m not fighting in the courtroom, I love spending time with my wife and my sons. My wife, Wilhelmena, and I have been married for almost 35 years. We have two children — both lawyers. And although they live in different states, I love connecting with them as often as possible and watching them develop into great men. I recently became a grandpa for the first time, and I’m excited to embark on the many new adventures that being a grandparent is sure to bring. I know that I’m not alone in my love for and dedication to my family. All of us want the absolute best for our families. That is precisely why District 7 needs a leader in the State Senate focused on families and fighting for them.
I invite you to join our campaign. Spread the word. And if you have it, chip in what you can. This campaign is about all of us, the future, and our families. Together, we can bring to fruition a bold new vision for the people of Senate District 7.
· Assistant Solicitor, Greenville County (1980-81).
· Greenville County Council (1988-1996) — Chairman of the Public Safety Committee.
· South Carolina House of Representatives (1996-2008) — Member of the Judiciary Committee.
· Member of the Judicial Panel Selection Committee.
· Member of Allen Temple A.M.E. Church.
· Board of the Phyllis Wheatley Center.
· Community Housing and Resource Development Authority.
· Project COPE.
· Former President of Club Esquire, the oldest Black Men’s organization in Greenville.
· Master Mason with Tuscan Lodge #21 PHA.
· 32nd degree Shriner member of the Senate.
· Delta Beta Boule Archon.
High Profile Representations:
· Successfully took on the Greenville County Detention Center in a lawsuit involving the killing of an inmate, Jamel Radcliffe, while he was in custody.
· Local Legal Counsel to Jesse Jackson’s 1988 Presidential Campaign.
· Limestone College (1970-72).
· Wofford College, B.A., (1972-74). First African-American elected as the Student Body Vice-President.
· University of South Carolina, J.D., (1975-78) — First African American elected as the Law School Student Body Vice-President.