(Charleston, SC) – Georgetown County native, born in Brookgreen Gardens and raised in Plantersville on a family farm purchased by her great grandfather in 1883, Gloria Bromell Tinubu, Ph.D. formally joined Democrat Phil Noble as his nominee for lieutenant governor at a joint press conference today. The two are the only candidates for the state’s top jobs in either party committed to top-to-bottom reform of state government.
“Dr. Gloria Bromell Tinubu not only understands the change South Carolinians are looking for, she lives it. We share the same determination to end corruption, reorder the priorities of state government, and set a dramatically different course for the future,” Noble said.
“I am honored someone of Gloria’s stature would join me in this campaign to bring real reform to South Carolina government. There is no one more qualified to rethink education, expand access to health care, demand accountability from the state’s utilities, and create an economy that works for all South Carolinians,” Noble added.
Dr. Bromell Tinubu – an applied economist, former high school and college educator, and public servant – has most recently served as the City of Georgetown’s Director of Economic Development. The seventh of eight children born to the late Beatrice and Charlie Bromell of Plantersville, she graduated second in her class from Choppee High School, now Carver’s Bay, with honors from Howard University, and became the first African-American woman to earn a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Clemson University and the first African American, male or female, to earn a Ph.D. in Applied Economics also from Clemson. In addition, in 2012, Dr. Bromell Tinubu became the first African American woman in South Carolina to run for and win a congressional nomination.
Dr. Bromell Tinubu has been the recipient of numerous awards for public service and community service including the Winnie Mandela Humanitarian Award for Public Service and Spelman College’s Fannie Lou Hamer Community Service Award. She was listed in Essence magazine’s October 2005 edition on Women Who are Shaping the World.
“Phil has been the lone voice in this campaign who understands how far the priorities of those in state government have drifted from those of its citizens. If South Carolina is to be world-class, we have to act like it. We must have the best schools. We must have good jobs that pay self-sufficient wages. We must have a healthy workforce. We must have aggressive and transparent oversight of state utilities, and we must be committed to the safest and cleanest environment possible in which to live and raise our children,” said Dr. Bromell Tinubu.
“The challenge Phil and I bring to Democrats is to BE Democrats, by becoming the vehicle by which people can create a better future for themselves. We are committed to ensuring that our young people, women, people of color, the working poor, and rural and farm families will have a strong and vibrant voice at the table every time, all the time,” she said.
According to Bromell Tinubu, “The question facing Democrats this year is the same question that the Late Honorable Barbara Jordan raised at the 1976 Democratic National Convention some 42 years ago. The question is whether we will be ‘one people bound together by common spirit, sharing in a common endeavor; or will we become a divided nation?’ By electing Phil Noble as the Democratic nominee for Governor, the people of South Carolina will send a resounding message to the nation that we are fed up with divided politics and we demand new leadership with a positive vision of the future and who will work to bridge the gap between our democratic ideals and our present realities.”
Dr. Bromell Tinubu and her husband Soji Tinubu, also a graduate of Clemson University with a master’s degree in civil engineering, have been married for nearly 42 years and have four adult children and five grandchildren.