There are discernible differences between these candidates, too.
For example, one’s been prominent in his county party, another is known as a previous state party leader, and the other has a national – if not international – name in politics.
One entered the race only after prodding from other active Democrats, another just very recently announced his campaign by email, and the remaining candidate has been telling the public for months that he was only considering the contest.
But all three share the same goals for the future of the SCDP. They all want success in upcoming elections to ascertain not just Democratic presence, but proper representation. Equal representation. And actual citizen representation instead of its current status of exclusively corporate and wealth favoritism in the state, not to mention the nation as a whole.
All three will come together for the April 30 convention with those similar goals in hopes of being elected new party chair.
The declared candidates are:
- Dick Harpootlian, former SCDP chair from 1998-2003, who announced interest to reclaim that office on March 31;
- Lee Walter Jenkins, chair of the Marion County Democratic Party; and
- Phil Noble, president of the SC New Democrats, who only made his campaign official in February after announcing interest in late 2010
The winner of the convention election will replace Carol Fowler, who’s served as party chair since 2007.
Fowler announced in July that she would not seek a third term.
SCDP will also elect a first, second and third vice-chair at the convention, which starts at 10 a.m. on April 30, and takes place at the Carolina Coliseum, 701 Assembly St in Columbia.
Elections for state party seats are held in odd-numbered years.