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About Hope

Hope Blackley began her professional career with the United Way of the Piedmont, Village Partnership as a preschool teacher. From there, she joined the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office as a child victim advocate, where she assisted and prepared children for criminal court working under the direction of former solicitor Trey Gowdy.

In 2004, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford appointed her as the Crime Victims’ Ombudsman for the State of South Carolina, where she investigated complaints of crime victims against criminal and juvenile justice organizations. Ms. Blackley also directed the Governor’s Office of Victim Services Education & Certification (OVSEC) where she helped write legislation to create this office. Ms. Blackley created and implemented training for those who served crime victims through OVSEC in South Carolina.

In 2010, Ms. Blackley was appointed Spartanburg County Clerk of Court, where she managed the day-to-day operations of the courthouse and court system, as well as supervised 50 employees.

From 2019 to 2021, Hope joined Congressman William Timmons’ office as his District Director, leading in-district offices and providing effective constituent service.

Hope helped lead the creation and growth of the Institute for Youth Justice, an organization that empowers youth with a comprehensive understanding of the justice system.

Serving with various community organizations, Hope has brought her passion for making our community a better place to numerous community organizations, including veterans groups, victims advocacy organizations, and various other boards and commissions.

  • Institue for Youth Justice
  • Carolina Pregnancy Center
  • Charles Lee Foundation
  • Mary Black Foundation
  • Miriam Foundation
  • United Way of the Piedmont
  • Converse College Board of Visitors
  • South Carolina Coalition for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Spartanburg Regional’s Women’s Advisory Council
  • Circle of Friends for Mobile Meals
  • South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind Foundation Board
  • University of South Carolina Upstate Foundation Board
  • 2016/2017 President of the South Carolina Clerk of Court and Register of Deeds Association
  • OneSpartanburg Community & Economic Strategy Steering Committee
  • Recipient of the 2014 Upstate Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr Humanitarian Award 
  • Member, Cornerstone Church



As a mother, grandmother, and former educator, improving education is my top priority. I will fight for parental rights and involvement in the classroom, recruitment and retention of good teachers, and quality and accessible workforce training.

Public Safety

Under Trey Gowdy in the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s office, as the Spartanburg County Clerk of Court, and with various community organizations, I have dedicated years to serving victims and their families. In the Senate, I will always support law enforcement and work to get to the root causes of crime in our community.


Thanks to conservative leadership, South Carolina is booming. Senate District 12 is home to significant economic development and hardworking families. It’s vitally important that we elect a Senator who will have a seat at the table in Columbia and knows how to harbor an environment where local businesses and families can thrive.


There is no greater honor than to serve others. Whether in my career, in public office, or in serving community organizations, I have always approached each problem with compassion and an open mind to solve problems. As your next senator, I will always be accessible and ready to work for you. If I can ever be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I’m fighting to restore the American Dream, but I can’t do it alone!

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