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Campaign Organization for the 2020 South Carolina Primary

(page revised June 20, 2019)

The list below shows the state leadership for each of the campaigns organizing in South Carolina. Click on the links in the chart at top for more campaign staff and supporters.  If you see anyone missing please email or call.   

     See also: Jamie Lovegrove.  "South Carolina's most valuable Democrats for 2020 presidential primary."  Post and Courier, Jan. 28, 2019.
Moulton O'Rourke Sanders Warren Williamson Yang


U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet - Bennet for America

State Director  Avery Martin

(reported by Post & Courier's Jamie Lovegrove on May 28, 2019)  Program manager for the Laurens County Department of Social Services (DSS) office, May 2017-May 2019.  Assistant director for T.E.A.C.H Scholarship, June 2016-May 2017.  Human relations commissioner, appointed by the Greenville County Council, Oct. 2016-Apr. 2019.  Motivational speaker at Bowtie Motivation, Mar. 2007-Jan. 2019.  A senior social worker with the State of South Carolina, Mar. 2014-June 2016.  Associate with United Healthcare Services, Dec. 2010-Apr. 2013.  Extended day teacher in Anderson District Five, Oct. 2010-Dec. 2011.  Advocate with the Julie Valentine Center, Nov. 2009-Mar. 2010.  Interdisciplinary degree in non-profit leadership, child advocacy from University of South Carolina Upstate.  twitter

Former Vice President Joe Biden - Biden for President

State Director  Kendall Corley

(reported Apr. 25, 2019)  Political director on James Smith's 2018 campaign for governor.  Helped lead DNC turnout efforts on behalf of Doug Jones' campaign for U.S. Senate in Alabama (>).  Strategist on Archie Parnell's campaign for Congress against Ralph Norman in the June 20, 2017 special election to succeed U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney in the 5th CD.  South Carolina political director on Draft Biden, Sept.-Oct. 2015 (>).  Has worked for Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.  Midlands regional field director on Obama's 2007-08 South Carolina primary campaign.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker - Cory 2020

State Director  Christale Spain

(reported Feb. 4, 2019)  Senior executive assistant to U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn from Jan. 2018.  Executive director of the South Carolina Democratic Party from May 2016.  Political outreach director on Bernie Sanders' South Carolina primary campaign, Sept. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Deputy executive director of the South Carolina Democratic Party; started at the party in 2012.  Director of activities and education programs at the Carolina Childrens Home, Mar. 2005-Aug. 2011.  M.A. in human behavior and conflict management from Columbia College, 2010; B.A. in sociology (human services) from University of South Carolina at Aiken, 1999.  Native of Columbia, SC.  twitter

Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro - Julián for the Future

State Director  Christina Cue

(announced April 15, 2019)  CEO of OnCue Management Group, LLC from Nov. 2015.  Advance associate at the White House from May 2011.  Director of scheduling (June 2013-Nov. 2015) and scheduling and advance (Aug. 2011-June 2013) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Confidential assistant at the U.S. Department of Commerce-Bureau of Industry and Security, Apr. 2010-Aug. 2011.  Field organizer, regional field director and regional political director on Obama for America, starting June 2007 in SC and then AL, VA and GA through Nov. 2008.  B.A.Sc. in sport and entertainment management from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2007.  twitter

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris - Kamala Harris for the People

State Director/National Deputy Political Director  Jalisa Washington-Price

(reported by AP on Feb. 8, 2019)  Chief of staff (Dec. 2018-Jan. 2019) and director of the office of diversity (Feb. 2017-Dec. 2018) at the DCCC.  Deputy political director (Dayton) and women's outreach director on Hillary for America Ohio campaign, June-Nov. 2016; coalition director for the Oregon primary campaign; political director on Clinton's South Carolina primary campaign from April 2015.  Public and government affairs director at Austin & Rogers P.A. in Columbia, SC, Aug. 2012-April 2015.  Bachelor's degree in economics from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2010.  twitter

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar - Amy for America

State Director  Angela Kouters

Founder of Hard Count Strategies in Charleston, July 2018.  Political advisor to EMILY's list, Feb.-July 2018.  Chief of staff/fixer to Mayor Pete Buttigieg, May-Nov. 2017.  Director of legislative affaris (Jan. 2016-Jan. 2017) and deputy director of legislative affairs, NPPD (Aug. 2015-Jan. 2016) at the Department of Homeland Security.  Director of congressional, legislative and intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Apr. 2014-July 2015.  President and CEO of Hard Count Strategies, Mar. 2013-Mar. 2014.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, May 2011-Nov. 2012.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye, Jan. 2009-Jan. 2011.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2009.  Political desk at the DCCC, May-Dec. 2006.  Political director for veterans and millitary families on Jonh Kerry for President, Apr.-Dec. 2004.  Legislative aide on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, Oct. 2001-Apr. 2004.  B.A. in political science and goernment from College of Charleston, 2000.   twitter

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton - Seth Moulton for America

State Director  Tonya V. James

(reported May 22, 2019)  Retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant, served 20 years on active duty, retiring in Dec. 2015 after a tour as communications chief at Marine Corps Base Quantico,.  More recently served as campaign manaager for Ronnie Ross for state Senate (SD-27) in Virginia; and earlier on Sen. Tim Kaine's 2018 re-election; the Northam campaign; and with Virginia Democrats.  Spartanburg native.

Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke - Beto for America

State Director Lauren Harper

(reported by McClatchy on Apr. 22, 2019)  CEO of CityBright, LLC from Oct. 2018.  Advisor for policy and communications to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, July 2016-Apr. 2019.  Social media coordinator for then Rep. Mia McLeod, Jan. 2014-July 2016.  B.A. in public relations from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2016.  twitter

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders  - Bernie 2020

State Director  Kwadjo Campbell

(reported Apr. 18, 2019)  President of JC & Associates (earlier Jeffers-Campbell Associates), a consulting firm in Greenville, from Jan. 2004.  Educator at Legacy Charter School Greenville from Jan. 2013.  Member of the Charleston City Council, 1998-2005.  Master's in education from Clemson University, 2012; undergraduate studies at College of Charleston; served in the Marine Corps Reserves.  (see also New Media South interviewtwitter

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren - Warren for President

State Director  Alycia Albergottie

(announced Mar. 11, 2019)  Research technician for ICF (management consulting) from June 2017.  Executive assistant at Allen University (Columbia, SC), Nov. 2016-June 2017.  Chair of the Richland County Democratic Party in 2016-17.  South Carolina state director on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Program coordinator for the South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships, Mar. 2015-June 2016.  Executive assistant at Dickey Law Group, LLC from June 2014-Mar. 2015.  Campaign manager on Val Applewhite for Mayor (Fayetteville, NC), July-Oct. 2013.  Deputy campaign manager on Benjamin for Mayor of Columbia, SC, May-July 2013.  Regional field director on Elizabeth Colbert Busch for Congress, Jan.-March 2013.  Regional field director (West) for Organizing for America South Carolina, 2012.  Project coordinator (Oct. 2010-Dec. 2011) and research coordinator (Oct. 2008-Aug. 2011) at the University of South Carolina.  B.S. in biology from Allen University, 2008.

Marianne Williamson - Marianne Williamson for President

State Director  Gloria Bromell Tinubu

(per campaign spokesman, Feb. 18, 2019)  Gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble's pick for running mate in the June 2018 Democratic primary.  City of Georgetown's director of economic development, Feb. 2017-April 2018.  Part of the South Carolina Leadership Team that endorsed Bernie Sanders in Nov. 2015.  Two-time Democratic nominee for Congress in CD-7, losing to  U.S. Rep. Tom Rice (R) 60% to 40% in 2014 and losing to Rice by 55.5% to 44.4% in 2012.  Returned to Sourth Carolina in 2011 to teach in the College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University.  Elected to the Georgia House in 2010, but resigned effective Dec. 2011.  President of Barber-Scotia College, an HBCU in Concord, NC, from July 2004-2006.  Founder and CEO of Atlanta Cooperative Development Corporation, 2001-04.  Candidate for Mayor of Atlanta in 1997 (obtained 14% of the vote) and 2001 (16% of the vote), endorsed by the Georgia Green Party.  Elected to the Atlanta City Council in 1993 and served for four years.  Professor and earlier associate professor of economics at Spelman College in Atlanta, starting in 1986; eventually served as chair of the department.  Ph.D. in applied economics from Clemson University, 1986; M.S. in agricultural economics from Clemson University, 1977; B.F.A. from Howard University, 1974, after a year at the University of South Carolina.  South Carolina native; grew up in Plantersville (Georgetown County).  Note: Tinubu announced on May 1, 2019 that she is running for U.S. Senate.

Andrew Yang - Friends of Andrew Yang

State Coordinator  Dr. Jermaine Johnson Sr.

(announced June 6, 2019)  Owner of Dream Team Consulting LLC from Sept. 2014.and founder and CEO of the New Economic Beginnings Foundation Inc. from Sept. 2014.   Played professional basketball abroad in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Portugal, Dec. 2009-May 2015.;drafted to the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns.  D.B.A. in organizational leadership from Northcentral University, 2018; Master's degree in project management from Strayer University, 2014; B.A. in communications from the College of Charleston, 2008.

South Carolina Democratic Party

Chairman  Trav Robertson

(elected late April 2017, two year term)  Executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, July 2011-Jan. 2015.  Managed Sen. Vincent Sheheen’s 2010 bid for governor of South Carolina.  South Carolina state director on Obama for America general election campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  Iowa regional field director and South Carolina field coordinator for Gov. Bill Richardson’s presidential campaign.  Ran State Treasurer Grady Patterson's 2006 re-election campaign (narrowly won by Thomas Ravenel (R)), and previously served as a spokesman for Treasurer Patterson, and directed Patterson's successful 2002 and 1998 re-election campaigns.  Managed Brent Weaver's congressional campaign in the Dec. 2001 special election in the 2nd CD.  Managed U.S. Rep. John Spratt's victory in 2000.   A former chairman of the Anderson County Democratic Party   B.A. in philosophy from the University of South Carolina.  Anderson native.  twitter