Four YDSC leaders and 15 Democrats under 40 were elected as National Delegates or Alternates at the South Carolina Democratic Party convention Saturday in Columbia. Nearly 25 percent of all Delegates and Alternates elected at the convention were under the age of 40, and the SCDP's stated goal of four Delegates under 30 well surpassed.
Four YDSC leaders were elected as delegates Saturday. Second Vice President Jeni Atchley of Ladson (1st District) and YDA Black Caucus Chair Randy Ra Shad Gaines of Aiken (2nd District) were elected as Bernie Sanders delegates from their districts. National Committeewoman Lauren Bilton of Columbia (2nd District) was elected as a Hillary Clinton delegate, and President Bryanta Maxwell was elected as a Party Leader/Elected Official delegate for Sanders.
Several SCDP officers under 40 were also elected as delegates: Charleston County chairman Brady Quirk-Garvan (1st District), and Richland County First Vice Chairwoman Alycia Albergottie (both 6th District) were elected as Congressional Delegates for Clinton. Greenwood County Third Vice Chairwoman Eryan Cooper (3rd District) was elected as a Congressional Delegate for Sanders. Lexington County First Vice Chairman Anthony Thompson of Columbia was elected as an At-Large Delegate for Clinton.
Roy Willey IV of Charleston (6th District) was elected as a Clinton delegate, and Michele Horne of Rock Hill (5th District) was elected as a Sanders delegate.
Wayne Borders of Columbia was elected as a Sanders At-Large Delegate, and Carlton Boyd of Columbia was elected as a Sanders At-Large Alternate. Jessica Bright of Walterboro, Chris McCurry of West Columbia, and Kenny Oubre of Mount Pleasant were elected At-Large Delegates for Clinton.
Updated to reflect the full results and to add names missed earlier.
The Young Democrats of South Carolina's Executive Board is set for the next two years.
Bryanta Booker-Maxwell of Columbia, who became President in 2015 to fill out previous President Mike Glymph's term, has been elected to her own two-year term at our State Convention, held April 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Aiken.
Austin Jackson of Columbia, the former Alternate Executive Committeeman for the Richland County Democratic Party and our Communications Director, was elected Secretary; and Richland County Executive Committeeman Marcurius Byrd, a USC Law student from Blythewood, was re-elected to his second two-year term as Treasurer.
In a testament to democracy as well as the dedication and the qualifications of both current Secretary Jeni Atchley and Central Midlands vice chair Nia McCray, the race between the two went to three inconclusive ballots. In fact, the third ballot ended in a tie! Maxwell made the decision to declare them both Vice President, with the constitutional changes to be made at the next called Convention. McCray will assume the office of First Vice President and will oversee membership and trainings while Atchley will assume the office of Second Vice President and will oversee policy.
The new board takes office on May 1.
The College Democrats of South Carolina held their annual convention today at Furman University. Speakers included YDSC President Bree Maxwell and National Committeeman Derrick Quarles as well as state Representative Chandra Dillard of Greenville, political strategist Candy Fletcher, Congressional candidate Chris Federai, as well as state House candidates Tyler Mitchell and Carlton Kinard.
The College Democrats elected their new state board this afternoon after the plenary sessions. Matthew Cauthen is the new President of the College Democrats of South Carolina. Matthew is a third year student at the University of South Carolina. He is also the Third Vice Chair of the Richland County Democratic Party. The College Democrats president is a member of the YDSC board, and will have a vote on the board.
President: Matthew Cauthen, University of South Carolina
Vice President: Mary-Stuart Tinkler, Columbia College
Treasurer: Roman Vitanza, Winthrop University
Membership Director: Justin Smith, Clemson University
Communications Director: Jada Williams, University of South Carolina
YDSC will host their 2016 State Convention next Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Aiken. We will be hosting several training sessions as well as special guests including national Young Democrats of America President Louis Elrod, Johnston Mayor Terrence Culbreath, and Carmen Landy, the Executive Director of Helping Hands.
Tickets are currently $20, but registration ends at midnight Thursday, April 14. On-site registration Saturday morning is $25. Cash, checks, or cards will be accepted that morning.
You can register today by clicking here