Valerie Biden Owens, Stump Speech, Aiken (copy)

Valerie Biden Owens speaks to a crowd gathered at the Aiken County Democratic Party's Richland Avenue headquarters during an October 2019 campaign event. Owens will be one of a handful of surrogates who will campaign for former Vice President Joe Biden during a stop in North Augusta on Jan. 17. 

North Augusta will see some more 2020 campaign action next week, with surrogates for Joe Biden holding a barbershop conversation at Big Rod’s Barber Shop on Edgefield Road.

On Friday, Jan. 17 at 2:30 p.m., a handful of surrogates will campaign on behalf of Biden. The event is open to the public.

Those surrogates will be: Randall L. Woodfin, mayor of Birmingham, Alabama; actor Sean Patrick Thomas; Valerie Biden Owens, Biden’s sister and longtime advisor; Biden for President senior advisor Symone Sanders; and state representative Bill Clyburn, whose district includes Aiken, Edgefield and Saluda counties. They will be hosted by Antjuan Seawright.

The stop is part of a four-day “South Carolina Soul of the Nation” bus tour, which will feature visits to historically black colleges and universities, barbershops, beauty shops and community events.

“This tour will demonstrate Joe’s ability to bring people together at a time when the stakes could not be higher,” said Kendall Corley, South Carolina state director of Biden for President in a press release. “We’ve pulled together a group of surrogates who know Joe better than anyone and are committed to campaigning in every region of this state, no matter how big or small, in order to make Donald Trump a one-term president.”

Sign up for the event online at www.mobilize.us/joebiden/event/195442/. Big Rod’s Barber Shop is located at 1718 Edgefield Road in North Augusta.

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Lindsey is the North Augusta reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017, and grew up in Hodges, SC.