Tameika Isaac Devine to Run for Mayor

At-Large City Councilwoman launches campaign for Mayor

After serving as an At-Large member and the only African- American woman to serve on Columbia City Council, Tameika Isaac Devine will announce on Friday, Feb. 5 she is launching her campaign to be the next Mayor of Columbia. 

Her announcement comes a day after Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin shared his decision to not seek a fourth term leading the Capital City of S.C. The election will be held on November 2nd, and filing for the seat won’t open until later this Summer.

“Mayor Benjamin has done a wonderful job in leading our city. It has been my honor to serve with him and I want to continue to build on what he started. I love Columbia for the amazing city she is, and I know she has so much more potential when we work together. That will be my focus as our next Mayor,” Devine said.

If elected, Devine would be the first female Mayor of Columbia. At the age of 29, Devine became the first African-American female elected to City Council. She has served as Mayor Pro Tem. She has also been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in the Midlands by Columbia Business Monthly and a 2018 Woman of Influence by the Columbia Regional Business Report

Devine’s leadership has been recognized nationally. She was selected by Governing to be one of their 20 leaders in the Women in Government Leadership Program. Tameika also serves as Co-Chair of the National League of Cities’ Youth Education and Families Council and as a board member of The National League of Cities, Women in Municipal Government, and the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. 

“It has truly been my honor to represent the citizens of Columbia as an at-large member of City Council but now I feel I can do more as the city’s first female Mayor. I want to focus on helping the city recover from the pandemic, creating equitable systems and protecting our neighborhoods. As your next Mayor, I am committed to creating a better future for all citizens. Making Columbia a city built of the principles of H.E.R – health, equity, and resilience.” Devine states.  

To learn more about Tameika Isaac Devine and her mayoral campaign visit: www.devineformayor.com. Watch her official announcement video here.

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