Billionaire is the 10th Democrat to visit county
By MIKE McCOMBS
Tom Steyer will become the latest Democratic candidate for president to visit Beaufort County at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 when he takes part in a Meet and Greet with the Bluffton Democratic Club and the Sun City Democratic Club.
The free event will take place at Southern Barrel Brewing Company at 375 Buckwalter Place in Bluffton. Space is limited, and those wishing to attend should RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/scfortomsteyer/event/150072/.
Steyer is visiting the Palmetto State to kick off his 5 Rights Tour. Steyer’s 5 Rights agenda includes ensuring voting rights, fighting poverty, providing clean drinking water, providing quality health care and providing quality education.
During his visit to South Carolina, Steyer also plans to meet with elected officials to discuss his Partnership with Rural Communities policy he says would improve the quality of life of nearly 750,000 rural South Carolinians if he is elected president.
According to his campaign’s release, this plan aims to “build a foundation of connectivity, invest in rural Americans, grow a just economy with good jobs, and partner to address the climate crisis.”
Steyer, 62, is a billionaire, hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist and Democratic fundraiser. He is the founder of Farallon Capital and the co-founder of what is now known as Beneficial State Bank.
In 2012, he sold his stake in his Farallon and began to focus on politics and the environment. He was a key fundraiser for Barack Obama in 2012 and was adamantly opposed to the Keystone pipeline.
Steyer has launched NextGen America, a nonprofit that focuses on climate change, immigration, health care, and education.
Steyer is the 10th Democratic candidate to visit Beaufort County in this election.
Others to visit Beaufort County so far this year include Beta O’Rourke (twice), John Hickenlooper, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg and Marianne Williamson.
O’Rourke and Hickenlooper have since withdrawn from the race.