Barack Obama-Organization, South Carolina
revised April 13, 2009

Headquarters: 1025 Calhoun Street, Columbia
State Director Stacey Brayboy
(announced May 24, 2007)  Twelve years of experience in various levels of government.  Deputy director of the Virginia Council on Human Rights, appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine in Feb. 2006.  State core director for Tim Kaine’s successful gubernatorial campaign and for the Virginia Coordinated Campaign in 2005.  In 2004 she ran the South Carolina Votes Project, a statewide grassroots voter turnout program, and earlier was Midlands regional director on Wesley Clark's South Carolina primary campaign.  Worked for U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings and U.S. Rep. Robin Tallon.  Graduate of Francis Marion University and holds a masters degree from Clark Atlanta University.  From Manning, SC.
Political Director Anton Gunn
2006 candidate for state Representative (District 79 - Northeast Richland and Southeast Kershaw Counties), narrowly losing.  Small businessman, runs Top Gunn Ventures, LLC, which does training and consulting and organizational development work.  Executive director of South Carolina Fair Share starting in 2001.  While earning Master's conducted research in the SC House of Representatives and served as a staff researcher at USC's Institute for Families in Society.  Worked for the Center for Community Change in Washington, DC for about a year.  Communications and community relations associate for the Alliance for South Carolina's Children.  Organizer and trainer at South Carolina Fair Share.  Master's of social work from the University of South Carolina, 2001.  B.A. in history from the University of South Carolina, 1994.  Grew up in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Deputy Political Director Michael McCauley
Regional field director fro the SC Democratic coordinated campaign during Inez Tenenbaum's 2004 U.S. Senate campaign.  Regional field director on John Kerry's 2004 South Carolina and Virginia primary campaigns.  Lowcountry campaign coordinator for Steve Menjamin's 2002 campaign for SC Attorney General.  President of Young Democrats of South Carolina, 2005-06.  J.D. from the Charleston School of Law; B.A. in American Government from The Citadel.
Deputy Political Director Alaina Beverly

Political Outreach Coordinator Jonathan Metcalf

Political / Special Projects Coordinator Tori Scarborough

Director of Political Operations Laurin Manning
USC law school student, studies on hold for the campaign.  Ran the LaurinLine blog from July 2002 to Jan. 2007 and also created the South Carolina '08 site, a community site devoted to presidential politics in the Palmetto State.  Served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings.  Graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg.
Field Director Jeremy Bird
(announced May 24, 2007)  Field director for Wake-Up Wal-Mart.  Deputy field director for training and GOTV at the DNC in Fall 2004 (started late July 2004 right before the Convention).  Training director for Democratic GAIN.  One of the two Congressional District directors on Howard Dean's 2003-04 New Hampshire presidential primary.  Bachelor's degree from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, 2000; Master's degree from Harvard Divinity School.  Grew up in High Ridge, outside of St. Louis, Missouri.
Deputy Field Director Monique Perry

Deputy Field Director Nicole Price


Regional Field Offices  [PHOTOS]
Midlands - Columbia headquarters   ...Kendall Corley
Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Richland, Sumter
Nicole Aro, Max Blachman, Michael Brown, Christina Cue, Michelle Duff, Stephen Ekema-Agbaw, Elizabeth Hoover, Christopher Jamell, Jennifer Scarbrough, Nicole Young

Greenwood-Aiken - 407-B Main Street, Greenwood, SC 29646-2755   ...Travis Johnson ? Donnel Baird
Abbeville, Aiken, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda
Kweisi Chappin, Yvonne Miller

Orangeburg - 1168 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg SC   ...Kenneth Glover
Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Hampton, Jasper, Orangeburg
Derrick Nayo, Edgard Oakley, Jr., Trakia Thomas

Upstate - 33 Villa Rd., Suite W101 (Piedmont Center West), Greenville, SC 29615   ...Peachy Myers
...grand opening Aug. 4, 2007 featuring Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum and  national field director Temo Figueroa
Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union
Quentin James, Rachel Levine.  Volunteer Coordinator: Mary Katherine Muller, John Schueler

Low Country - 109 President St., Charleston, SC   ...Kevin Puleo
...grand opening July 19, 2007 featuring Craig Robinson, Sen. Obama’s brother-in-law and the head coach of Brown University’s men’s basketball team
Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown
Jacqueline Barry, Lauren Champaign, Abraham Jenkins, Heidi Johnson-Young.  Volunteer Coordinator: Gillian Bergeron

Rock Hill - 1835 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732   ...Douglas Wilson
Chester, Lancaster, York
Jeffrey Ingram, Jori Netz

Pee Dee - 466 West Cheves St., Florence, SC 29502   ...Stephen Hightower
...grand opening Aug. 18 featuring political director Anton Gunn
Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Williamsburg
Ashley Baia, Ryan Cooper, Demond Drummer, Daniel Herman, Matthew Tranchin, Bryant Williams.  Volunteer Coordinator: Pat Gibson-Hye, Shannon Talbert

Border State Director Alex Lofton
(Oct. 2007)  Started on the campaign as an intern in Obama’s Chicago headquarters while finishing his bachelor’s degree in political science at Northwestern University.
Youth Vote Director Elizabeth Wilkins
Started on the campaign as assistant to the national political director in March 2007.  Worked for SEIU Local 32BJ.  Community organizer for Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).  B.A. in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University.
GOTV Craig Schirmer
Schirmer also helped oversee and execute strategies in the other three early states (IA, NH, NV).  Los Angeles-based political consultant.  Did early work on California State Treasurer Phil Angelides' campaign for governor.  Campaign manager on Erskine Bowles' 2002 race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina (open Helms seat; lost to Elizabeth Dole).  Campaign manager on Brian Schweitzer's 2000 race for U.S. Senate in Montana (lost to Conrad Burns).  Statewide field director on Vice President Al Gore's New Hampshire primary campaign, 1999-2000.  State director on South Carolina Democrats' Coordinated Campaign in 1998.  Directed statewide field and grassroots operations for Clinton/Gore '96 in Florida.  Political aide to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in Washington and Boston.  Graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Communications Director Kevin Griffis
(started May 29, 2007)  Most recently served as communications director for Democratic nominee Jim Pederson in Arizona's 2006 U.S. Senate campaign.  Directed communications for Virginia's Democratic coordinated campaign during Tim Kaine's successful gubernatorial run in 2005.   Directed communications for the Democratic Party of Virginia.  Nevada communications director for America Coming Together in 2004.  Political reporter for Atlanta's independent newsweekly, Creative Loafing, 2000-03.  B.A. in political science from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin.
Press Secretary Amaya J. Smith
(announced Oct. 10, 2007)  Smith came to the campaign from her position as deputy press secretary/regional and specialty media at the DNC.  Before joining the DNC, she worked on Capitol Hill as communications director for Congressman Albert R. Wynn of Maryland.  B.A. in political science from American University's School of Public Affairs.

Press and Research Assistant: Sam Wilson
New Media Director Neil Sroka
Graduate of The George Washington University with a degree in political science, 2006.
Voter File Manager Kyle Cox
President of the Clarity Group, a political consulting firm out of Indianapolis.  In 2004 Cox coordinated the Kerry campaign in Indiana for several months and then in Aug. he was sent to Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he served as director of political information technology.  Graduate of Indiana University with a degree in health administration, 1997.  From Bedford, IN.
Data Analyst Chris Wyant

IT Director Christopher Workman

Director of Scheduling and Special Events Gwendolyn Williamson-Sellers

Director of Operations Anita Nelam

Receptionist Patricia Healy

Senior Advisor Rick Wade
(announced May 24, 2007)  Vice president of business development for Palmetto GBA, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.  Democratic nominee for Secretary of State in 2002, obtaining about 44 percent of the vote.  Senior associate at Fowler Communications.  State director of the S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Services (announced by Gov. Hodges in Jan. 1999, served through May 2002).  Other experience includes senior manager at Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical company in New Jersey, analyst for the S.C. House Ways & Means Committee, executive assistant to the president of University of South Carolina and chief of staff for former Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore.  MPA from the Kennedy School of Government, 1997.  B.S. from the University of South Carolina.  Native of Lancaster, SC.

2007 Endorsements
former South Carolina Democratic Party chair Joe Erwin (announced Dec. 12, 2007)
Served two terms as party chairman from 2003-07.  “In Senator Obama, we see a candidate who does what to me is the most important thing we can do in this election: And that’s to change the course of American politics.  People want a change, and they want a candidate who is not so much about partisanship, but about making government work better for people. For those key reasons I’ve decided to make this endorsement.”

State Sen. Glenn Reese of Spartanburg (announced Dec. 7, 2007)
a small business owner and a former teacher, who represents the 11th District in the state Senate.

on Dec. 4, 2007 the campaign announced its South Carolina African American Religious Leadership Committee, including "nearly 130 senior pastors from some of the largest and most important churches across the state."

on Nov. 12, 2007 the campaign announced several South Carolinians as members of its National Veterans Advisory Committee:
Col. Richard A. Hayes, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), North Charleston, SC
Lt. Col. Arthure W. McMaster, U.S. Army (Ret.), Greenville, SC
Capt. T.R. Rhodes, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), Greenville, SC
Specialist Pete Skidmore, U.S. Army, Fort Mill, SC

Former South Carolina State Supreme Court Chief Justice Ernest Finney (announced Nov. 2, 2007)
Elected Chief Justice of the South Carolina State Supreme Court in 1994, becoming the first African American to serve in that position; retired from the court in 2000.  Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives and was one of the founders of the Legislative Black Caucus. Finney also served as chairman of the South Carolina Commission on Civil Rights.  He is an alumnus of Claflin University and South Carolina State University’s Law School.  Resident of Sumter.

Former state Sen. Herbert Fielding

The campaign announced the following endorsements on April 30, 2007:
David Agnew - Former Executive Assistant to Charleston Mayor, Charleston

Labrena Aiken-Furtick -Community Activist, Orangeburg

E.W. Cromartie - Columbia city Councilman, Columbia

Thomas Earl Drayton - Georgetown County Councilman, Georgetown

Emile DeFelice - 2006 Candidate for State Commissioner of Agriculture, Columbia

Bud Ferillo - Community Activist, Columbia

Kenneth Glover - Businessman, Orangeburg

Dick Harpootlian - Former Chairman of South Carolina Democratic Party, Columbia

Tameika Isaac-Devine - Columbia City Councilman, Columbia

Joe Jefferson - South Carolina House of Representatives, Pineville

I.S. Leevy Johnson - Former State Representative, Columbia

Kenneth Mosely - Professor at South Carolina State University, Denmark

Phil Noble - Businessman, Charleston

Aaron Polkey - First Vice Chair Charleston County Democratic Party, Charleston

Terrance Roberts - Mayor City of Anderson, Anderson

Todd Rutherford - South Carolina House of Representatives, Columbia

Bakari Sellers - South Carolina House of Representatives, Denmark

Inez Tenenbaum - Former State Superintendent of Education, Lexington

Barry Walker - Irmo Town Councilman, Irmo

Billy D. Williams - City of Florence Councilman, Florence

Note: Harpootlian was one of the first in South Carolina to endorse Obama, announcing his support on Feb. 19, 2007.
Columbia attorney.  Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party from Feb. 1998-May 2003.  Ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 1994.  5th Circuit Solicitor, 1990-94.  Richland County councilman, 1986-90.  J.D. from the University of South Carolina; B.A. from Clemson University.

post primary

PRESS RELEASE from Obama for America
May 9, 2008

South Carolina Superdelegate Endorses Barack Obama

South Carolina Democratic Party Vice Chair Endorses Obama

Chicago, IL - Today, Wilber Lee Jeffcoat, the Democratic Party Vice Chair in South Carolina and superdelegate endorsed Barack Obama.

Jeffcoat is the 269th superdelegate to endorse Barack Obama. Obama is 162 delegates away from securing the Democratic nomination.

His statement is below:

"Barack Obama inspired thousands of new voters in my state of South Carolina to get involved in our democratic process and I am proud to announce my endorsement today. With Barack Obama as our nominee, we can bring more and more new voters out to become involved and have their voices heard. Obama has worked his whole life to unite people from all backgrounds and walks of life for change, he has done that in this campaign and he will continue to do that as President. I am excited to join his campaign today."

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