Tyler Bailey for City Council At-Large


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    Meet Tyler

    The man I am today is due largely in part to the character that was developed as result of my experiences in this community.

    I come from a large family and was raised by parents who are devoted pastors and have dedicated their lives to serving others. I’ve watched my parents counsel and guide members of our congregation and the community through some of the most difficult times in their lives. I reflect often on life lessons learned from my father who overcame life’s obstacles of being raised in Jersey City, New Jersey’s housing projects, and from my grandmother, an educator, who consistently instilled the value of furthering one’s education and striving for excellence.

    Being there for people in their time of need and fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves are principles I learned from my parents’ resilience and are core values I live by and will carry with me as I serve the people of Columbia on City Council.

    Following graduating high school, I left Columbia only to obtain my undergraduate and law degree. I always knew that I would return to Columbia to play an active role in my community. I attended Hampton University to study business, and then earned my law degree at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    My entrepreneurial spirit drove me to start my own law firm directly upon being sworn into the South Carolina Bar, and I immediately began working to secure justice for everyday people all over South Carolina.

    Service is the rent we pay for being on earth. I serve on numerous boards and with several organizations to ensure that all in our community have access to the information, resources, and opportunities that our more affluent members have. However, of all the roles I have, I cherish most above all my role as a husband and father.

    This election is not about me. I’ve said a lot about myself only to give you a picture of who I am as a person. This election is about you and what Columbia can be if we all work together to make it better. I am asking that you vote for me as your next Councilman At-Large. It will be an honor to fight for my community in this role.

    Community Involvement

    Right Direction Church International, Board of Directors

    Compass Community Development Corporation, Board of Directors

    Sistercare, Board of Directors

    Greater Columbia Community Relations Council, Board of Directors

    The Talented Tenth, Board of Directors, Vice-Chair

    Vital Connections of the Midlands, Board of Directors

    South Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyer Division Military Support Committee, Co-Chair

    South Carolina Bar Young Lawyer Division, Diversity Committee, Co-Chair

    South Carolina Association for Justice, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Chair

    Hammond School Alumni Council

    National Crime Victims Bar Association, Advisory Board

    National Crime Victims Bar Association, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

    National Bar Association

    South Carolina Black Lawyers Association

    South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    The Pretty Powerful Foundation, Board of Directors


    Leadership. Service. Values.

    Tyler Bailey for the City of Columbia   |   City Council-At-Large

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    Why Am I Running?

    I love this City. Columbia is my home and this City is my community.  I believe in this City and what this City can be, and I want to see Columbia realize its full potential. 

    I often reflect on Isaiah 1:17. This scripture charges us to “Seek Justice and Help the Cause of the Oppressed.” There are too many inequities plaguing our community and it is our duty to address them. 

    Although Columbia has seen encouraging signs of growth, far too many of our neighborhoods have been left behind by lack of opportunity, poor infrastructure, lack of investment, lack of affordable housing, and disappearing grocery stores that make living and raising a family tough.

    When people think of South Carolina, they shouldn’t think of Columbia after thinking about Charleston and Greenville.  We are the capital city and have the talent and resources to be number one. 

    We have to empower our small business owners and entrepreneurs who are the lifeblood of our great city while recruiting new industry and businesses to Columbia.

    Columbia is full of some of the most talented people in the world.  However, many of our best and brightest have left Columbia due to believing that opportunities are limited here.

    We need to make Columbia into the city I know it can be to retain our people.  We also need to develop our local talent here and recruit new talent by showing them all that Columbia has to offer. 

    I’m running because I’m ready to step up to lead our city to its next chapter so we can finally realize our full potential.  I look forward to earning your support and serving you as your next Councilman At-Large.

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