Elizabeth Colbert-Busch landed a new endorsement yesterday.
On Feb. 13, the South Carolina AFL-CIO cited Colbert-Busch’s record with the local business community as the primary basis of its support.
“Elizabeth’s business experience with the maritime industry and Clemson University helps her understand that, when labor and management work together, everyone wins,” said Erin McKee, vice president of the labor union.
Colbert-Busch is former director of sales and marketing in the South Atlantic region for Port of Charleston user OOCL. She’s also responsible for directing new global trade to the port in her current sales and marketing director position with Clemson’s Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility.
“Her experience helps her to understand the needs of the 1st Congressional District,” McKee said.
The Democratic candidate in the upcoming special election gladly accepted the endorsement. “I am enormously grateful for their backing,” Colbert-Busch said.
“I am especially pleased that I receive this endorsement as a result of the work I have done helping to create thousands of jobs, and my ability to negotiate to create win-win situations.”
SC AFL-CIO awarded the endorsement after recommendation from the Charleston Labor Council, which last week invited all candidates for the office to address its organization.
In the March 19 primary for the Democratic Party nomination, Colbert-Busch faces Ben Frasier.
Known as “the perennial candidate” after unsuccessfully running for office since 1972, Frasier has openly spoken against labor in his many campaigns.
Over 5,000 members of SC AFL-CIO reside in the state’s 1st Congressional District, McKee said.