Meet Jody 

Jody is about as Oconee as they come and has lived all but 15 years of her life in Seneca.  Her parents both grew up on cotton farms near the Corinth community.  Jody's maternal Grandfather, Hiram Williams, was the last surviving Spanish American War veteran in Oconee County when he passed away in 1976.   She and her husband, Gary, are grateful that they have been able to spend their lifetime in SC, because it is a wonderful place to live from cradle to grave.     

 

Jody is running for the SC House of Representatives to be the voice of the people of District 2. She will fight for excellent public schools, will fix our roads and bridges, protect our beautiful environment, close gaps in healthcare, protect utility ratepayers and our public assets,  and drive economic development that will provide good jobs. Jody will restore and defend home rule, collaborating with city and county government in Oconee instead of tying their hands and passing unfunded mandates. For the past 25 years, the legislature created problem after problem and then expected us to trust them to fix to the problems they created.  Jody has an honest vision for the future and will restore competent, ethical representation to District 2.

Jody Guy Gaulin was born in Anderson, SC and grew up in Seneca, where she lives today.  She has been married 38 years to her college sweetheart, Gary Gaulin, a native of Camden, SC.  They are proud parents of two adult children, both married, and two wonderful grandsons.  Daughter Paige G. Lowe and her husband Tyler reside in Pendleton, SC with their boys, Henry and Guy. Son G. Vincent Gaulin, Jr. and his wife Ginny recently moved back to the area and are renovating a home in Pendleton.  Jody’s parents are Joe and Faye Guy of Seneca.  Jody and Gary are active members of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Seneca. 

 

Jody graduated from Seneca High School in 1976 and went on to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Political Science with Minors in Mathematics and Business Administration. 

 

Following graduation, Jody had a 38-year career in management with just two Oconee companies.  In 1979, she joined J.P. Stevens by the lake in Clemson (later called WestPoint Stevens), which was the largest start to finish home textile operation in the world at the time.  She worked at Stevens for 28 years, starting in Human Resources and later served as the first female Plant Manager in the company.  Unfortunately, textile manufacturing moved offshore, the plant closed in 2005, and Jody became a supply chain director, buying overseas what Stevens used to make here.  Eager to be closer to manufacturing, Jody left Stevens in 2007, and worked at Johnson Controls in West Union, SC, as the Quality Director for the Battery Components Group where she remained until 2017. 

 

During her career, Jody was known as a people person, a tough but fair manager who got results, a collaborator, and an excellent problem solver. These problem-solving and collaboration skills will serve Jody and her constituents well at the SC Statehouse. 

 

In the community, Jody chairs the planning team for the annual Rise Against Hunger meal packing event at her church, which brings together a diverse group of 350 from faith and community groups to pack meals for people suffering from starvation in developing countries. Jody is a past member of the Board of Trustees for the  Oconee County Public Library,  the Board of the Education Foundation of Oconee County, and the Oconee County United Way Board.  

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