Meet Daniel Brownstein
Daniel Brownstein is the Democratic nominee for District 112 in the South Carolina House of Representatives, which represents much of Mount Pleasant from Simmons Street in old Mount Pleasant all the way up to Park West and Carolina Park as well as Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms.
Brownstein lives in the Quail Hollow neighborhood off Rifle Range Road with his wife, Pamela, who works as a freelance writer and graphic designer, and their two children — Wolfe, 8, and Selah, 6 — who attend Whitesides Elementary School.
He works as marketing director of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman in Mount Pleasant. His experience also includes more than five years as communications director for the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, where he secured more money for grant projects for some of South Carolina’s poorest counties. He worked with Solicitor Duffie Stone, R-Beaufort, to develop a data-driven statewide budget to fund 104 new prosecutors in order to reduce case backlogs and ensure that every county in the state has at least one full-time prosecutor. The state legislature approved the measure in 2016.
As one of his main issues, Brownstein is passionate about criminal justice reform. He recently served on the Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council — a countywide board of community members and public officials that manages a MacArthur Foundation grant aimed at making improvements to the criminal justice system.
He also cares about the most vulnerable members of the community, and his actions reflect his beliefs. While working for Solicitor Stone, Brownstein was instrumental in lobbying the General Assembly for South Carolina’s anti-human trafficking legislation, which was signed into law in 2012. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA).
Other top items on his agenda include education reform that benefits teachers and students, protecting the environment and improving transportation infrastructure East of the Cooper.
His educational background includes an MBA from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. Previously, he worked as a reporter for The Island Packet newspaper in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, where he won awards for his dedication to public service and investigative reporting.
Daniel is hardworking, pragmatic and genuine. He is a consensus-builder who isn’t afraid to do what’s right. He pledges to be responsive, open to new ideas and communicative with his constituents. Some of this might be outside the norm for Columbia, but it is time for the Lowcountry to show the rest of the state how it’s done.