About Michael

Michael K. Gaskin is a proud lifelong resident of Greenwood, SC and is seeking your support to represent you and all citizens of South Carolina’s House District 13.

Michael was born to the late Earthy and Mamie Gaskin. He graduated from Greenwood High School and joined the United States Air Force.

After over 21 years of active duty service in the United States Air Force, Michael retired having served (to name a few) two tours of duty at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., with the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Public Affairs, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and Drug Enforcement.

His last active duty assignment was with the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 770, Clemson University, Clemson University, as the Superintendent, Detachment 770.

 

Family

Mr. Gaskin’s Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration was received from Southern Wesleyan University, Central, SC.

He has earned two Master degrees: Master of Science in Management from Southern Wesleyan University, and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration at Walden University.

He is married to Sharon and has four children: KeShonda, Mychal, Marquez and John, and five grandchildren.

Community

Mr. Gaskin is the Executive Director for Greenwood County First Steps. He has spearheaded this initiative from an outsourced structure single office to a highly functional and productive “in-house” organization. He initiated an organization effort that combined Greenwood and Abbeville County First Steps and collaborating with a local Mental Health organization (Mental Health America) to link mental health with their education components.

Mr. Gaskin is a certified trainer through the South Carolina Center for Child Care Career Development, has completed the Child Abuse and Neglect Training, is a Certified Master Fatherhood Trainer, and a certified Anger Management Trainer. He is also certified as National Parents-As-Teachers Supervisor, and the former President and current member of the South Carolina Upper State Region Citizen Review Panel.

He is the founder and administrator of the “Real Fathers are Dads” Fatherhood Initiative, and founder of “Real Mothers are Moms” Initiative. Michael co-founded “Dream Builders of Greenwood SC” an initiative to assist in skill development for young men 7 to 18 years of age.

In addition to his executive director duties, he is the President and CEO of The Social Change Initiative — designed to encourage community empowerment by generating programs within their own communities. He has expanded this self-started organization to a four-County operation (Greenwood, Laurens, Abbeville and Newberry).

His life-long dream is to promote unity across South Carolina for social change. This dream was transformed into reality with his vision of the conducting the “Day of Unity” for Social Change on 30 August 2014 in Greenwood (more than 450 gathered). Mr. Gaskin hosted a radio show “Let’s Talk!” with Michael Gaskin on WCZZ Rejoice 1090, and currently provides a morning commentary for the station.

In November 2014, he was elected to the Greenwood County School District 50 School Board as a Trustee. His dedication and motivation has inspired numerous motivational speaking engagements annually across the State.

Platform

Make South Carolina more attractive by being an inclusive state.

Enforce stricter laws to eliminate abuse and neglect.

Increase small business incentives.

Zero tolerance for DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!

Protect our environment.

Invest in Education – a more educated workforce will attract more industries to SC and create more jobs!

A transparent state government. End secret agendas!

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