A proven community leader and advocate for justice
Adair Ford Boroughs is a proven community leader and advocate for justice running for Congress to fight for South Carolina working families. Adair, the daughter of a cabinet maker and a public school teacher, grew up in a double-wide trailer in Williston, South Carolina. Her father often worked from before she woke until after she went to bed, and her parents taught her and her twin brother the importance of hard work, family, and faith. Adair was valedictorian of her high school, and earned a full scholarship to attend Furman University, where she and her husband Bryan met as classmates. Adair was named a Truman Scholar in 2001 and graduated summa cum laude from Furman in 2002. After college, she taught math at Mauldin High School in Greenville County. Determined to effect change for South Carolina’s children at a policy level, she attended Stanford Law School, where she served as president of the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation and editor-in-chief of the Stanford Law and Policy Review. Turning down big salaries at corporate law firms, Adair began her legal career at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she represented the American people by going after corporations and millionaires who cheated on their taxes. In 2013, Adair moved back to South Carolina and clerked for United States District Judge Richard M. Gergel in Charleston, working on a number of cases including United States v. Dylann Roof, where the defendant was convicted of killing nine African Americans during a prayer meeting at the historic Charleston Emanuel AME church. Adair went on to help launch Charleston Legal Access, a nonprofit legal service that serves those who cannot afford the high cost of private attorneys but don’t qualify for free legal aid. She has served as chair of the South Carolina Bar’s Diversity Committee and as president of the Truman Scholars Association, and she has taught English as a second language with the Greenville Literacy Association and led diversity and inclusion workshops in the local community. Adair lives in Columbia, and she and her husband are the proud parents of two young daughters, Annalia and Rory Paige.
A champion for South Carolina working families
Adair is running for Congress to expand economic opportunity for all hardworking South Carolinians. As a former teacher, she learned firsthand the joy of teaching and the challenges of working within an inequitable education system. When elected, she will work tirelessly to help all students access the education and resources they need to succeed in a fast-changing economy. “One thing I’ve heard from families across the 2nd District is how hard it is to make ends meet because of exceedingly high health care costs in our country,” Adair has said. “People (like my dad) are forgoing needed medical treatment because the cost is simply too high, even with insurance. Others are struggling to pay for the medical costs of caring for aging or ill family members. I’m running for Congress to make health care better, more affordable, and more accessible.”
An opportunity to flip a seat from red to blue
Adair is challenging Republican Congressman Joe Wilson, whose record of failure includes voting for the House Republican health care plan to kick 23 million people off their insurance, repeatedly voting to defund Planned Parenthood, and voting to undermine equal pay protections for women. Adair is running a strong grassroots campaign, and she has what it takes to win in November. Wilson’s deep-pocketed special interest allies will do everything they can to keep this seat, but Adair can flip it with our help. Let’s show her the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help elect this champion for South Carolina working families to Congress.