Greenville, SC: Today, Republican Tommie Ellis Reece filed at 9:30 am as a candidate for South Carolina State Senate Seat 6 which includes the Berea, Travelers Rest, Wade Hampton and Eastside areas of Greenville County.
“The citizens in Senate District 6 demand and deserve a Senator who understands that improving their quality of life is job one,” Reece said in announcing her candidacy. “Enhancing economic development and infrastructure, improving education, adopting comprehensive tax reform and protecting gun ownership are just a few of the issues that must be addressed for our community to continue to grow and prosper.”
Tommie has served on the Greenville County School Board for the past 15 years. During that time the School Board has expanded public school choice, guided an increase in student academic achievement throughout the district, maintained its AAA credit rating despite massive cuts in state funding, and renovated or constructed 70 school building without increasing taxes for debt service for more than a decade. Board Chair three times, Vice-Chair and Secretary, Tommie created and chaired instrumental committees such as the School District’s Advocacy Committee, the Task Force for Charter Schools and the Inter-Governmental Task Force which embraced representatives from various entities to improve communication and collaboration.
“Elected officials must be accountable to the public and be able to produce results,” Reece stated. “Clearly, we need fresh ideas and a renewed focus on making progress, not just making promises. We can’t continue to send the same people to Columbia year after year and expect different results. It is time for change, action and innovative ideas. It is time for new leadership.” Reece is known for her work ethic, and her problem-solving and collaboration skills. She will use these skills and her successful experience to work for you in the state Senate.
A Greenville native, Reece graduated from Wade Hampton High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College and completed graduate courses in business and education from Clemson and Furman. Tommie comes from a family of entrepreneurs who has provided years of service to the Greenville community. Her mother, Joyce Ellis, and father-in-law, Chester Reece, both successful business owners, have deep roots of service on local commissions and boards.
Tommie is currently the Program Manager for Learning for You at Furman University, where she creates a variety of non-credit classes and trips for personal and professional enrichment, directs a leadership development program for women called “Connections” and coordinates the summer academic enrichment day camps for children. She previously worked with Greenville Technical College as Director of Admissions & Records.
An active community volunteer, Tommie is a member of the Travelers Rest Business Association, the Palmetto Bank Community Advisory Board, the Greenville Professional Women’s Forum, Vision 2025 Education Task Force, and Leadership Greenville Alumni Association. She has previously served as President of the SC Association of Continuing Higher Education, on the Board of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the Area Commission for Greenville Technical College, the Board of the Roper Mountain Science Center Association, and with numerous other community organizations.
Married to Ron Reece for more than 40 years, Tommie has one son who is a small business owner in Greenville County.
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