revised November 10, 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.
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
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 (>).
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 (>).
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
Mayor Pete Buttigieg - Pete for America
State Director Jarvis Houston
(Sept. 2019) Chief of staff to NY State Senator
Jesse Hamilton, Oct. 2014-Feb. 2019. National co-chair of The
Young & Powerful Group, Sept. 2007-Jan. 2014. Campaign
manager on Laurie Cumbo for New York City Council, May-Oct. 2013.
Campaign manager for the IL CD 2 coordinated campaign, Jan.-Nov.
2012. General consultant and campaign manager on Boyd for Cook
County Judge, Oct. 2011-Nov. 2012. National director (Aug.
2006-Aug. 2007) and national recruitment and training coordinator (July
2005-Aug. 2006) for Project Youth Vote. National youth community
coordinator for People for the America Way, 2003-05. B.A. in
political science and government from Howard University, 2003. twitter
Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro - Julián for the Future
(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. Sen. Bernie Sanders - Bernie 2020
State Director Kwadjo Campbell
Tom Steyer - Tom Steyer 2020
State Director Jonathan Metcalf
(announced Aug. 27, 2019) Principal at
Fletcher+Metcalf (Columbia-Spartanburg) from Aug. 2012; owner of
Metcalf-Marketing, LLC from Jan. 1996. South Carolina chair
sales manager for Black Pages,
1993-2009. Upstate political director/political outreach
coordinator for Obama for America in the South Carolina primary, June
2007-Feb. 2008. B.A. in political science from University of
South Carolina, 1988.
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
Deputy State Director Derrick Quarles
of Student Success Center, Wiley College, Marshall, TX,
2018-19. Government relations liaison for Claflin University,
SC, 2017-18. Advancement officer for Claflin University,
2016-17. Consultant to the South Carolina Legislative Black
Caucus, 2014-16. Political director on Willie Wilson for America,
SC, 2015. Fundraiser on Sellers for South Carolina, 2014.
Page in the South Carolina Senate, Columbia, SC, 2012-15.
Campaign strategist on Karl Allen for South Carolina Senate,
2011. M.P.A from Grand Canyon University, 2017; B.A. in
political science, from Claflin University, 2014.
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.
for America ...ended
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. Rep. Tim Ryan - Tim Ryan for America ...ended campaign October 24
State Director Brandon P. Brown
by William Timmons. Associate vice president of institutional
advancement at Jackson State University (fourth largest HBCU).
Senior vice president of institutional advancement at Paine
College. SC deputy political director for Sen. Joe Biden’s
presidential campaign. Democratic nominee for Congress in SC-4 in
2004. Worked in his family's funeral home business. An
admissions counselor at Claflin College. Master's degree in human
resource development from Webster University in St. Louis; B.A. in
history from Paine College, 2000. Native of Greenville. twitter
Mayor Bill de Blasio - de Blasio 2020 ...ended campaign September 20
State Director Lance T. Jones
(announced July 15, 2019) Chief
strategist/political strategist at Lance T. Jones & Associates
in Atlanta since Jan. 2009; strategist, advisor and consultant on
numerous races and for several commercial clients as well. South
Carolina experience includes advisor to Harold Phillips for County
Commissioner (Myrtle Beach), Jan.-Dec. 2016; advisor to Lessie Price
for Mayor (Aiken), Nov. 2014-Nov. 2015; field director/convention
planning executive for the South Carolina Democratic Party, 2006-07;
legislative assistant to state Rep. J. Todd Rutherford, Jan. 2003-04;
and legislative staffer for the South Carolina Black Legislative
Caucus/state Rep. Bessie Moody-Lawrence, Jan. 2000-Jan. 2002..
B.A. in political science from Benedict College, 2007; B.A. in
international studies; international relations and affairs from
University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2004. twitter
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton - Seth Moulton for America ...ended campaign August 23
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.
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell - Swalwell for America ...ended campaign July 8
(June 2019) Director of residential
services (Jan.-June 2019) and assistant director of residential
services (Nov. 2018-June 2019. Campaign manager on Rosalyn Glenn
for State Treasurer from July 2018. Regional political director
on James Smith for Governor. Regional field director for the
South Carolina Democratic Party, June-Oct. 2017. Reisdence hall
director at the College of Charleston, July 2016-Mar. 2017.
Academic advisorr at Missouri State University, Oct. 2014-June
2016. Cashier at Voorhees College, Aug. 2013-Sept. 2014.
TRIO studen support services counselor for the College of Charleston,
Jan. 2011-July 2013. M.E. fomr Columbia College, 2014. B.A.
in political science from College of Charleston, 2010.
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
South Carolina Republican Party
Chairman Drew McKissick
(elected May 13, 2017) President/owner
Drew McKissick Public Affairs in Columbia from 2003;
conservative political strategist with over thirty years of experience
including engagement director for the RNC, Dec. 2013-May 2017 and
consultant to Romney for President, 2007-08. Studied at College
of Charleston. twitter