Meet Kim Nelson
Homegrown In Greenville
Hi, I’m Kim Nelson and I’m running for Congress in South Carolina’s 4th District. I’m from right here in the Upstate and call Greer home along with my husband David, daughters Brett and Nora, and our rescue pets Ichabod and Balto. This is our home and that’s why it’s so important for me to step up and fight for my family and yours.
I know what it’s like to grow up struggling here in the Upstate. I grew up in a house with just me, my Mom, and my little sister. My mom was a medical receptionist and worked hard to make sure that we had as many opportunities as possible. But when I was 15, my mom suffered a medical emergency that put additional strain on our family’s finances -- a strain that's all too familiar for families across the Upstate to this day. At 23, I watched the world around me collapse with the beginning of the Recession in 2008 while our government ensured bankers and fat cats on Wall Street -- many of whom caused this crash -- were taken care of.
It’s from those experiences and in hearing the experiences of others across our district that I knew I needed to step up and serve our community. The Upstate has experienced success and growth in my lifetime, but our elected officials have too often built that success on the backs of our neighbors and given nothing back in return. Instead, they’ve chosen to widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots, and it’s costing us dearly.
Everyday, people are going bankrupt because they can’t afford their own or their family's medical care, meanwhile, insurance and pharmaceutical companies are reporting record profits. Our environment is crumbling around us -- guaranteeing that our children will be presented with yet another insurmountable problem to solve because we weren’t willing to take a stand.
Enough is enough. It’s time for someone to stand up to corporate interests and fight for the working-class folks right here in the Upstate.
This isn’t going to be an easy fight. It’s going to require our collective energies as we knock on doors, make phone calls, register new voters, and ensure that the voices of the majority are finally heard in this district.
I’m ready to fight -- are you?