The YDA Southeast Region will hold its Fall Conference on Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Conference will be campaign-oriented, helping our neighbors at the Young Democrats of North Carolina with a campaign invasion and compiling a list of priority races in each state to coordinate resources across the region.
The Conference is free of charge, but Region officials want participants to register. You can do so at this link.
Members of the Young Democrats of South Carolina met August 27 in Columbia to amend the YDSC Constitution to split the office of Vice President into the offices of First and Second Vice President.
In April's spring Convention, Nia McCray of Richland County and then-Secretary Jeni Atchley of Dorchester County entered two more rounds of voting at the Executive Board Elections in Aiken--and tied both times. President Bree Maxwell brokered a deal with them both for the Convention to elect them both on the condition that a Constitutional Convention was called that summer to formalize their offices.
McCray, the First Vice President, will work with Outreach Director Jessica Bright to increase YDSC membership and plan training sessions across the state, while Atchley, the Second Vice President, will work on policy issues--both inside and outside our organization.
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
The Young Democrats of South Carolina (YDSC) is proud to announce the relaunch of its chapter for the Sea Islands Region. Based on Hilton Head Island, the chapter will be responsible for empowering young Democrats across Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties.
“The re-establishment of the Sea Islands Region is incredibly important for the future of the Lowcountry,” says Michael Edward Walsh, Region Chair for YDSC | Sea Islands Region. “Our local communities in Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties face a variety of long-term political, economic, social, and environmental challenges (e.g., climate change; income inequality; economic growth) that cannot be resolved without peaceful reform and effective government. Unfortunately, young people across Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties have long been deprived of a political platform to make their voices heard on these issues. The goal of YDSC | Sea Islands Region is to provide these young people with the opportunity to become leaders on these issues in their local communities.”
The same day, the Sea Islands region launched their website, youngdemssi.org.
"The new site features a variety of resources that can help young people across Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties improve the health and welfare of their local communities through peaceful reform and effective government. For example, it provides information on how young people can register to vote or obtain absentee ballots. This includes specific information for young people who are disabled, in the military, or speak Spanish.
"The new site also provides a platform for young Democrats to make their voices heard on contemporary political, economic, social, and environmental issues across the Lowcountry. For example, its blog will allow young people to share their perspectives on issues impacting their local communities.
"'Our goal was to provide young people in the Sea Islands Region with a user-friendly site that is easy to navigate and localized to meet their needs,' said Michael Edward Walsh, the Sea Islands Region Chair at Young Democrats of South Carolina. 'That is why we did a complete redesign of not only the site but also of our brand. We wanted to present young people across Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties with more than just a website. We wanted to provide them with a shared identity.'"
Click here to check out the Sea Islands region website at www.youngdemssi.org!
The region will be a federation of four county Young Democrats clubs. Two of the Young Democrats county leads have already been selected. John Polk of Hampton County will be leading the organization in that county. Born and reared in Hampton County, Polk is a veteran political operative and South Carolina Historian. At an early age, he acquired a deep appreciation for the Lowcountry while attending neighborhood public schools in Hampton County. And, he remains dedicated to the ideals of moving South Carolina forward.
“As a native of Hampton County, it is an honor to accept this appointment,” says Polk. “I am committed to working with young people across the sea island region to achieve common sense results for the greater good of the Palmetto State.”
Bluffton resident Bridgette Frazier will be the representative from Beaufort County.
Frazier has volunteered for several state and local campaigns, including the 2002 Jim Hodges Campaign, the 2016 Lisa Sulka for Mayor Campaign, and the 2016 Dan Wood for Town Council Campaign.
Professionally, Frazier is the Founder and CEO of The Oscar Frazier Foundation – a local nonprofit that provides scholarships to local area high school students, supports local student athletes participating with the Bluffton Parks & Leisure programs, and recognizes local humanitarians who are doing great things within the community. Frazier also runs and operates her own catering company known as Deliciously Couture; D.B.A Gullah Fried Sweet. And, she is employed full-time as a high school English teacher with the Beaufort County School System.
Separately, Frazier serves as a board member for the Bluffton Martin Luther King Observance Committee and the Bluffton Community Center. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
Previously, Frazier was as an educator for eight years in the Palm Beach County, Florida school system.
Frazier received a BA in Professional English from South Carolina State University and an MPA in Public Administration with a concentration in Disaster Management from American Public University.
The region is still looking for county representatives for Jasper and Colleton counties, so if you're interested, you can contact region chair Eddie Walsh at this link! Applications for both are due on March 15!
This is a reminder that the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary is on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2016. The primary is two weeks from now.
The Republican primary is next Saturday, February 20. Both party primaries are open, but you may only vote in one.
Only Democratic primary voters may run for Democratic Party offices or run for Delegate to county, state, or national conventions.