(Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday, The Collective PAC, the nation’s largest political action committee dedicated to increasing Black political engagement, representation, and power across all levels of government, endorsed Tameika Isaac Devine for mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. Founders of The Collective PAC, Quentin James, and Stefanie Brown James, released the following statement:
“The Collective PAC is proud to endorse Tameika Isaac Devine for mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. Born and raised in Columbia, Tameika is a proven leader with a track record of championing policies and programs that have a positive, direct impact on the city she calls home. From spearheading the restructuring of the city courts and establishing the criminal domestic violence court to starting a banking program that helps to ensure financial stability for all city residents, Tameika has demonstrated a clear commitment to making the city of Columbia a place where everyone can thrive, and The Collective PAC is committed to helping her become Columbia’s first Black woman mayor.”
Tameika Isaac Devine has served as a member of the Columbia City Council for 19 years, making history as the first, and still only, Black woman elected to the council and the first Black person elected to an at-large seat. During her time on the council, she has prioritized equity and inclusion, economic development, and public safety. As mayor of Columbia, Tameika will reimagine policing in ways that will keep vulnerable communities safe, confront the historical lack of investment in underserved neighborhoods and work to provide year-round youth employment opportunities. Tameika will continue to take on the city’s hardest challenges and center her efforts on the pursuit of racial, environmental, and economic justice.