Gilda Cobb-Hunter is a South Carolina State Representative and President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
PUF caught up with state legislators from Florida, South Carolina, Utah and Washington State at the State Legislators' Smart Communities Summit.
PUF: Representative, what is your job and how long have you been doing this?
Representative Cobb-Hunter: I'm a state legislator in South Carolina. I have been in the State Legislature for twenty-seven years. I also have the honor of serving as President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. I started on January 1.
PUF: Where's your district in South Carolina and how is it doing?
Representative Cobb-Hunter: I represent District 66, which is the Eastern part of Orangeburg County. Orangeburg is between Charleston and Columbia, our state capital. It's doing well. Of course, when any politician says his or her district is not doing well, there's a problem.
There are still some challenges. We are a rural district. We are here talking about issues that are interesting to me, access to broadband, transportation. All of those are problems that are common to rural communities regardless of whether those districts are in South Carolina or South Dakota.
PUF: You worked in the Legislature for a while, but what made you decide to run for office?