COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The at-large member and the only African-American woman on Columbia City Council, Tameika Isaac Devine, has announced she will run for mayor of Columbia.
She will launch her campaign with a noon press conference on Friday.
Her announcement comes on the heels of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s decision to not seek re-election for a fourth term leading the Capital City.
The election for mayor of Columbia will be held Nov. 2. Filing for the seat won’t open until later this summer.
“Mayor Benjamin has done a wonderful job in leading our city,” Devine said. “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.”
If elected, Devine would be the first woman mayor of Columbia, adding to her historic legacy.
At the age of 29, Devine became the first African-American woman elected to City Council. She has served as mayor pro tem and 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 also been recognized nationally.
She was selected by governing to be one of their 20 leaders in the Women in Government Leadership Program. Devine 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.
Devine says it has been an honor representing the city, but she feels she can do more as mayor.
“I want to focus on helping the city recover from the pandemic, creating a more equitable community and protecting our neighborhoods,” she said. “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.”
To learn more about Tameika Isaac Devine and her mayoral campaign visit: devineformayor.com.