Richland County Councilman Derrek Pugh was recently elected chair of the Membership Committee for the S.C. Coalition of Black County Officials, a group that works to ensure minority county officials have the resources to help lead their respective counties.
Pugh, currently in the second year of his first term serving District 2, said he was honored to earn the position so early in his political career.
As committee chair, Pugh will often be the first person members meet upon joining the organization. He aims to bring the coalition more visibility and increase its enrollment.
“Being a fresh pair of new eyes, it gives me a different perspective,” Pugh said.
District 3 Councilwoman Yvonne McBride is the organization’s vice chair, having been elected to a two-year term in July 2021.
“It is important for Richland County officials like Mr. Pugh to have leadership roles in organizations such as the coalition,” she said. “Also, members’ involvement provides an opportunity to share Richland County’s accomplishments at local, state and national levels of government.”