She graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a bachelor of arts degree in media arts. Sam loves her Irmo and Chapin community and is running to be the next S.C. House representative for District 85 because she wants to bring real representation to everyone in her district.
From a young age, Sam had a strong drive to serve her community. She was a member of Irmo High School’s first Gay Straight Alliance, and for years she worked as a volunteer fundraiser with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Her first job after college was with a local startup called Public Works of HeART that used crowdfunding to finance public works of art to beautify local communities while bringing awareness to community needs that would improve the lives of community members. While Sam was with Public Works of HeART, they secured donations from local businesses and crowdfunded the largest hand-painted mural in South Carolina. The mural is currently on the Cayce water tank, and all of the proceeds from the project went to provide 60,000 meals to Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Sam currently runs a successful small business as a graphic and digital media designer, specializing in marketing for national and local nonprofits and brands. She also co-founded a local organization called Indivisible Midlands. Indivisible Midlands has received national and local recognition through its work to hold elected representatives accountable to their constituents. After its first year, under Sam’s leadership, Indivisible Midlands was named Organization of the Year by Progress SC.
Through her work with Indivisible Midlands, she gained an in-depth understanding of our state’s legislative processes. She saw that, in order for democracy to be truly representative, no legislators’ seats should ever be uncontested, because new voices help ensure that all voices are heard. Sam strongly believes in South Carolina and in representative democracy. She wants to bring what she has learned serving her community through her career and volunteerism to bring real democracy to South Carolina’s House District 85.
She’s a small business owner.
Successful graphic designer.
Queer, award-winning activist and community organizer.