Compiled by the state party’s executive committee, there are five detailed resolutions that delegates will approve by vote. (Click here to review those proposed resolutions.)
Additional resolutions can be introduced from the floor at the convention, too.
Convention Rules released
The official rules for the event have been compiled and are now available for review (click here).
One point of interest detailed in the rules is the official voting procedure for races with multiple candidates. If no one gets majority vote in an initial round, the lowest placing candidate is removed from the slate, and votes will be cast again. Lowest placing candidates will continue to drop anytime a majority vote isn’t reached; the procedure continues until a single candidate gets majority vote support from state delegates.
In the elections for party officers, delegates will cast their votes on paper ballots. Names and signatures must be included on those ballots in order for votes to count.
Other issues aside from these elections will still be decided by standing vote, however.
In the race for 3rd Vice Chair, incumbent Jamarr Brown officially announced that he’s not seeking re-election. Brown did not offer formal endorsement of any other candidate in his announcement.
Another candidate, Ra Shad Frazier-Gaines of Aiken, formally announced his candidacy for this same 3rd Vice Chair position. You can learn more about him at his facebook campaign page.
The other two candidates are Will Maxey and D.C. Swinton.
Another candidate is officially in the 2nd Vice Chair race, too. Kathryn E. Hensley, longtime Democrat in the state and former SCDP treasurer, spoke at a candidate forum in North Charleston on Wednesday. “The challenge is to find activists and provide with the funds and resources to get out the vote,” Hensley said at the event. Click here to see her personal facebook page.
The other three candidates are current party chair Carol Fowler, Sheila Gallagher of Florence, and Melissa Watson, chair of the Berkeley County Democratic Party.
The race for 1st Vice Chair is down to one candidate. At last night’s forum, Mike Evatt of Oconee County officially suspended his campaign. One primary goal of ensuring written ballots at state party conventions was officially met, he stated. Evatt’s also confident in remaining candidate Jaime Harrison’s capabilities to achieve his other goal of revitalizing the party. Evatt announced his endorsement of Phil Noble for party chair before concluding his statement.
There have been no changes to the slate of candidates for party chair; the candidates are Dick Harpootlian, Lee Jenkins and Phil Noble.