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Tameika Isaac Devine Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate

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Tameika Isaac Devine Named DMO Blue Star Rising Candidate


The Board of Directors of Democratic Municipal Officials (DMO) has named Tameika Isaac Devine a Blue Star Rising candidate as she campaigns for Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina.

Blue Star Rising

The DMO serves to connect, engage, and empower elected officials who identify as Democrats. Democratic Municipal Officials initiated the highly selective Blue Star Rising candidate program to draw national attention to Democratic candidates who have held local office and have a history of serving DMOs through their work with Democratic Municipal Officials. These candidates have been vetted and recommended by the DMO Board of Directors.

Why Tameika Isaac Devine?

Devine is a Board Member of Democratic Municipal Officials, selected for Blue Star Rising recognition due to her engagement and strong candidacy. She has a lasting record of working in the community, both as a member of the city council and acting as legal representative to those who are experiencing mental health issues. With Covid-19 revealing deep disparities when it comes to health, education and economics, Devine sees the mayor’s office as a place to bring about equitable solutions and serve the city she loves.

DMO President Emeritus and Detroit Councilman Scott Benson commented on Devine. “It is a joy to work with an elected official who truly loves her city. I know Tameika will passionately serve the people of Columbia, making sure no one is left behind.”

Tameika has a reputation in Columbia as a council member who gets things done. Her peers know her as the one constantly developing successful projects, and her constituents know her as the council member who listens. She is devoted to empowering Columbians, and is dedicated to rolling up her sleeves to make sure the work gets done well. 

Devine’s leadership is recognized nationally, as she serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the National League of Cities, the Board of Women in Municipal Government, as the Regional Director of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, and at DMO as the State Chair of the South Carolina Chapter. 

Why Does This Race Matter?

The next Mayor of Columbia must be prepared to step up and fill the shoes of the mayor of the past decade, former President of the US Conference of Mayors Steve Benjamin. Devine herself has two decades dedicated to Columbia on the city council, and is a leader at the National League of Cities. She represents not only an opportunity to make sure a Democrat takes the mayor’s office, but to ensure Columbia’s next mayor comes in with a proven track record of experience and the enduring support of the city.

How Can You Help?

If you would like to learn more about Tameika Isaac Devine’s campaign or contribute you can visit

Your Next Race

Are you up for reelection facing steep Republican opposition? Are you vying for a seat that would reclaim a mayoral seat for Democrats, or flip a council majority blue? Reach out to DMO at to learn more about applying for a Blue Star Candidate recommendation.