April 23, 2017

About Mary Geren

 

I am running because we need a representative who represents people like me, a working mother. I will fight for the children of SC, not special interests.

Biography

Growing up in rural Northeast GA, Mary Geren understands what it is to struggle financially, to wonder how to make ends meet; she understands what it is to dream big but to be told her dreams are out of reach. Raised by her father, who worked in the granite industry for decades, Mary was the youngest in a house of 7. Often the recipient of free lunch

Mary Geren's family

Mary Geren’s family

and food stamps, Mary knows all too well the displaced shame that is often placed on the shoulders of the poor. She understands the stereotypes that plague the poor, but she also knows those stereotypes were not her reality as a child. 

Despite the tremendous odds against her, Mary refused to accept her circumstances without putting up a fight. She studied hard, started working at 16, andgraduated from high school, the only one in her immediate family to do so. After earning scholarships and grants, Mary went on to receive her undergraduate and graduate degrees, both from Clemson University, graduating summa cum laude.

After graduating, Mary stayed at Clemson University as a lecturer for 6 years and has served as an English Instructor at Tri-County Technical College since 2009. During her tenure at TCTC, she has designed service learning courses, aligning with several Anderson community partners such as Anderson School District 5, AIM, United Way, Foothills Alliance, and New Foundations Children’s Home. Mary has also served as an advisor to the college’s political clubs since 2010, registering new voters, coordinating political forums and student leadership trips to Washington, D.C., Charlotte, NC, and Columbia, SC.

Mary has been a member and volunteer of NewSpring Church for 14 years. She is also a member of the Anderson Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of Foothills Alliance. Since 2008, Mary has volunteered with various political campaigns, including campaigns for President Obama, Vincent Sheheen, Jane Dyer, and most recently, Hillary Clinton. Furthermore, Mary serves as the executive committeewoman for the ACDP and co-chairs the Anderson chapter of SC Democrats Care.

Mary has lived in Anderson, SC with her husband, Shawn, for 19 years. Shawn and Mary’s 11 year-old daughter, Madilyn, currently attends Calhoun Academy of the Arts and will begin middle school at Southwood Academy of the Arts next year. Shawn and Mary’s son, Kenan, is a junior at the University of South Carolina.