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Born and raised in Charleston, Mary grew up in a family committed to serving their community. She grew up in West Ashley, attending Ashley River Creative Arts, Buist Academy, and finally Ashley Hall before matriculating to Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. There, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Spanish in 2002.


Mary lived in Washington, DC, for a number of years, immersing herself in art and politics before returning to the South to attend Auburn University, where she received a Master's in Business Administration in 2009. While at Auburn, Mary served as the President of the Graduate Business School, was named a Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities, and won the sole award given to a graduate business student by her peers based on leadership.


Following business school, Mary worked as a Logistics Manager for an import/export company in Birmingham, Alabama, but Charleston ultimately drew her back - As home often does.


Shortly after returning to Charleston, Mary managed her father's 2012 South Carolina Senate race and remained closely involved in local politics before deciding to run for office herself in 2014.  Mary served one term in the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing parts of Charleston and Dorchester counties before running for Charleston County Treasurer in 2016.

Mary, Tad and Goldie

Over the years, she has been involved with the Junior League of Charleston, has served on Ashley Hall's Alumnae Board, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Gibbes Museum of Art's Society 1858 Board. Mary is also a graduate of the Riley Institute's Diversity Leader's Initiative and is active as an alum with the American Council of Young Political Leaders. 

When not working or volunteering, Mary can be found enjoying time spent at home with her husband, Tad, and, most importantly, raising a curious, adaptable, and loving daughter named Marigold. She is also so thankful for her two legged love, Maple.

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