Tyler Bailey for City Council At-Large


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    The man I am today is due largely in part to the character that was developed as a 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 often reflect 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 who was 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 they are core values I live by and will carry with me as I serve the people of Columbia on City Council.

    After graduating high school, I left Columbia 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 just 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.

    Board Service and Community Involvement:

    Compass Community Development Corporation, Board of Directors

    Greater Columbia Community Relations Council, Board of Directors (2023-24 Board Chair.)

    Hammond School Alumni Council

    National Bar Association

    National Crime Victims Bar Association, Advisory Board

    National Crime Victims Bar Association, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

    One Columbia for Arts and Culture, Board of Directors (2023-24 Board Chair.)

    Original Six Foundation, Board of Trustees

    Right Direction Church International, Board of Directors

    Sistercare, Board of Directors

    South Carolina Association for Justice, Board of Governors

    South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    South Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyer Division Military Support Committee, (Former Co-Chair.)

    South Carolina Bar Young Lawyer Division, Diversity Committee, (Former Co-Chair.)

    South Carolina Black Lawyers Association

    The Talented Tenth, Board of Directors, (Former Vice-Chair.)

    The Wiley Kennedy Foundation, Board of Directors

    Vital Connections of the Midlands, 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’m running for Columbia City Council At-Large because this entire city is my community, and I’m ready to step up to lead our city into its next chapter by serving as a bridge builder who unites us, so we can collectively help Columbia be the city you and I know she can be.

    Columbia has seen encouraging signs of economic growth and business investment.  But far too many of our neighborhoods have been left behind, and communities are still being neglected.

    We are the capital city, and we have the talent and resources to be the number one city in South Carolina! For Columbia to move forward, we must do so together. There is no “us versus them.” We’re a community.  When one hurts, we all hurt.

    We can address our infrastructure needs and support initiatives for attainable housing while also improving the livability of our city by supporting the arts and making sure Columbia is a vibrant city in which to live and play.

    We can empower our small business owners and entrepreneurs, who are the lifeblood of our great city, while also supporting law enforcement and taking a transformative approach to public safety, a process that will help ease the burden on our police department by addressing the mental health care needs of our most vulnerable and support other programs and resources that will make our communities safe.

    Columbia is my home, and this city is my community!  I have always believed that the possibilities are endless for Columbia, and this can indeed be a great city to live, work, play, raise a family, and worship.

    My father grew up in government-assisted housing, and if it weren’t for a community that banded together, he would have been another statistic rather than defying the odds to be the first in his family to graduate from college, changing the trajectory of his life and mine.

    I am convinced that Columbia’s heart and soul are our great people and beautiful neighborhoods.  That is why it is imperative for City Council always to remember to keep our people first and foremost while striving for continued growth and business investment. We can do both!

    I look forward to earning your support and serving you as your next Councilman At-Large.

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