United Way of the Midlands and National Panhellenic Council host Richland District One School Board Candidates Forum on December 5

United Way of the Midlands, along with National Pan-hellenic Council at Columbia, SC, is hosting a nonpartisan Candidate Forum for the at-large seat on Richland School District One’s School Board on Thursday, December 5 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

“We’re excited to host this event to bring the community together and allow voters to hear from the candidates in more depth,” said Sara Fawcett, United Way of the Midlands’ President and CEO. “This event will give our partner agencies and community-minded individuals the ability to hear first-hand from the candidates.”

The forum will be moderated by the University of South Carolina’s School of Law’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Eboni Nelson. The forum provides an opportunity to discuss issues that impact our partners and constituents that are less likely to be raised in other settings.

“NPHC at Columbia is extremely excited to co-host this candidates forum and equally as excited that three of the five candidates are members of Devine Nine organizations,” said Muhammad Salaam, President of the Columbia National Panhellenic Council at Columbia, SC.


  • Dr. Lady June Cole
  • Michelle Drayton
  • Jonathan Milling
  • Dr. Johnny Ray Noble
  • Ashlye V. Wilkerson

“As we all know, local elections directly impact lives, and the decisions that school boards make have a direct impact on our children’s educational experiences and opportunities. Therefore, I am honored to have the opportunity to moderate this important candidate forum, and thank United Way and NPHC at Columbia for the invitation to participate,” said University of South Carolina’s School of Law’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Eboni Nelson.

The Candidate Forum will be held at United Way of the Midlands located at 1818 Blanding Street, Columbia SC 29201. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. This free event is open to the public. Those interested in attending may sign up online at www.uway.org/events. Registration is required due to limited seating.

Please no signs/stickers/pins/campaign materials, etc.


About United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands is the most collaborative, efficient and accountable model for investing in the improvement of the Midlands community. With nearly 70 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations and are directed to fight for causes including childhood literacy, economic mobility and dental and eye care for those without resources. For more information, please visit www.uway.org.

About Columbia National Panhellenic Council at Columbia, SC

Columbia NPHC supports the National mission to promote interactions through forums, meetings and other mediums designed for exchange of information. It engages the member organizations to participate in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions to educate the communities we are privileged to serve.