SC 4th Congressional District Candidate Forum

106.3 WORD, the Upstate’s Election Headquarters, is committed to keeping you informed as the Mid-term Election rapidly approached on November 6th.  The Greenville County Tea Party invites you to the South Carolina 4th Congressional District Candidate Forum at Zen, 924 South Main in Downtown Greenville on Monday, October 8th starting at 7pm.  Candidates (D) Brandon

Brown and (AM) Guy Furay have confirmed and will debate issues that impact the future of the Upstate.  Your vote matters.  Make an educated decision as Tara and Bobby Mac moderate.  Admission is free. 

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Send questions your questions for the candidates:

Guy Furay

A graduate of the University of Missouri, Furay began his insurance career in 1997 with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.  Furay earned the FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute) and GBA (Group Benefits Associate) designations. He also completed four of the eight graduate level courses to earn the CEBS (Certified Employee Benefit Specialist) designation at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2005, he has been the owner and president of The Insurance Source, an independent insurance agency serving the Upstate.

In the past few years, he has been recognized as one of’s Elite Circle of Champions; a three-time winner of the Soaring Eagle Award from National Association of Health Underwriters; a graduate of Leadership Greer, a graduate of the Greenville Chamber Advanced Political Leadership program; a graduate of Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce Advanced Political Leadership program, and an Upstate Chamber Coalition Washington DC Delegation participant.


Brandon P. Brown

Brandon Pendarvis Brown is a servant leader who puts the needs of others above self. He was born and raised in Greenville County of South Carolina. He is the second son of Bennie F. Brown, Jr. and Merdis Pendarvis Brown of Taylors, SC. Brandon was educated in the public school system of Greenville County and is a graduate of Mauldin High School. In 2000, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. He later earned a Masters of Art Degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Brandon continued his professional development. He holds a Certificate in Education Management from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and studied at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

He was the Executive Director of what is now the West End Community Development Center and co-founded the Upstate Black Family Reunion, which focused on promoting community unity. He was an organizing member of the Greenville Tech Multi-cultural Advisory Board. Brandon founded the Upstate Historical Black College and University (HBCU) Sports Classic which contributed more than $200,000 to institutions across the Southeast and exposed students to educational opportunities at post secondary institutions.

In 2004, he became the first African American to run for a seat in the US Congress from South Carolina's 4th District. Brown also carved a niche in the national political arena in 2006 when he served as State Deputy Political Director for Senator Joe Biden's presidential campaign. 

Always demonstrating a commitment to education, Brown returned to his alma mater, Paine College, in 2008 as Senior Vice-President of Institutional Advancement. In that role he secured millions of dollars in resources in support of scholarships, campus improvements and the evolution of the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex. For a period of time, Brandon was the Associate Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at Jackson State University, the fourth largest HBCU in the US. While there, he increased the endowment by more than $18 million. 

In 2008, Brown was honored by the South Carolina State Senate and House for his service to the community as the General Assembly recognized him with a Concurrent Resolution for his contributions. He received the National Legacy Award for outstanding service to higher education from a UNCF Leadership Conference in 2013.

Brandon is married to Kimberely (Scott) Brown.