RUN FOR OFFICE
South Carolina House of Representatives, District 25
PRIMARY: June 14th
"For me, activism is in my DNA. Being a legislator is not. It's just something that i'm doing so that I can perfect change at a different level but I will always be an activist."
Growing up in Greenville, South Carolina with his mother, father, and five brothers, Derrick was curious about the world around him and the people in it. Despite his structured, happy upbringing, he began having disciplinary issues at school. At the age of 13, Derrick entered the juvenile justice system and was labeled a “menace to society” by a family court judge. Because of his actions, he was sentenced to serve nine months in the juvenile detention center.
With a renewed passion for helping others and a determination to prove the family court judge wrong, he graduated from high school, began working, and sought opportunities to be engaged in the community.
In 2008, Quarles joined his local NAACP chapter and helped organize a protest reprimanding gangs, drugs, and violence in a Greenville neighborhood that was widely known for crime, poverty, food insecurity, and dilapidation.
He has served on various political and social justice campaigns and was instrumental in protesting a voter suppression bill to aid South Carolina nonprofit organizations.
Outside of work and accomplishing his educational goals, Derrick cherishes spending time with his daughter, family and friends, growing in his relationship with God, and inspiring his growing number of followers on social media.
Taurice first met Derrick when he was still in high school. At the time, Derrick was working for their local representative and came to Taurice's school. Taurice was always interested in politics so he volunteered to help and they have been friends ever since. As Campaign Manager, Taurice's job is to provide and execute the strategic vision of the campaign to insure that they are hitting their goals to secure this election.
Justin met Derrick through their work with the Greenville Young Democrats. He has seen the changes that Derrick has made in the community without being an elected official, and feels like this is the next natural step in him enacting change in their community.
Keyisha works as the state organizer for The Poor People's Campaign, an organization founded to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. She met Derrick through community activism work and is helping him as Field Director to make sure that people in his district show up to the polls and vote.