SPARTANBURG, S.C.—All eyes in the Palmetto State were on the 2018 South Carolina Gubernatorial Forum, as featuring incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster (R) and S.C. Rep. James Smith (D) each presented their case as to why voters should choose them to lead the state. Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Stephanie Yarbrough moderated the forum , which took place Oct. 12 in Spartanburg.
In this role, Yarbrough, on behalf of the South Carolina Economic Developers Association (SCEDA), had the chance to ask questions of both candidates about their positions and proposals, particularly as they impact job creation and economic development.
The South Carolina Gubernatorial Forum received extensive media coverage, including:
- VIDEO: Candidates for South Carolina governor talk issues facing the state in Upstate forum (WYFF-TV)
- McMaster, Smith clash on tariffs, guns, selling Santee Cooper ( The State)
- South Carolina governor candidates differ on tariffs, medical marijuana and health care (Greenville News)
- McMaster, Smith talk tariffs, guns and more at Spartanburg forum ( Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
- VIDEO: Gubernatorial candidates sound off at forum in Spartanburg (WSPA-TV) .
“It was an honor to take part in this important forum, and I’m pleased that we were able to give South Carolina voters a substantive discussion of the key issues facing our state. We appreciate both candidates taking time for this forum,” Yarbrough, the Chair of SCEDA’s Legislative Committee, said.
Stephanie Yarbrough has played a role in many of South Carolina’s largest economic development deals of the past 20 years. She works closely with companies seeking to expand or relocate operations to the Carolinas and the Southeastern United States. Her efforts on behalf of clients have led to the creation of thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new investments. When the New York Times profiled Charleston’s economic boom in 2017, Yarbrough was one of the local leaders the Times turned to for insight.