EDITOR’S NOTE: Each day of the Democratic National Convention, The Post and Courier will feature a different delegate representing the Palmetto State.
BY EMMA DUMAIN
PHILADELPHIA — William Frick, a public defender and Fairfield County school board member, didn’t know he shared something in common with Hillary Clinton.
Long before the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee entered the realm of politics, she was an attorney doing legal aid for the Children’s Defense Fund in South Carolina.
“I’ve learned a lot about her,” Frick said recently. “I became very aware of her during this previous school board’s convention. The lady who actually hired Hillary Clinton to come work in Marlboro County was one of our speakers, and she talked about what they were trying to do to improve education for our poor and rural folks in South Carolina. It’s not anything I really knew about Secretary Clinton, but I have to come to learn about it and I find it very interesting, and telling.”
This will be Frick’s first time as a Democratic National Convention delegate, though he says he has been interested in politics all his life.
“My mom tells me that I watched the whole 1976 convention,” Frick said. “I don’t really recall that, but I do recall watching the 1980 one.”
In college he did internships in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., and late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., which he called “obligatory for anybody interested in politics and South Carolina in my generation, regardless of party affiliation.”
He went on to hold leadership positions with the Democratic Party in Fairfield County. He lost a bid for 6th Circuit solicitor in 2014, but he’s running for re-election to the Fairfield school board this year.
He’s excited to go to Philadelphia to be a part of the political process. And he’ll try to take in some sights along the way.
“I’ve never been there,” Frick said, “so I suspect I will have to make the obligatory run up the steps and get the picture taken with the ‘Rocky’ statue. Other than that, I’m going to have to test the competing Philly cheese steak places.”
Emma Dumain is The Post and Courier’s Washington correspondent.