NEWBERRY — Newberry County Democrats met in convention this past week to elect local party officers and hear from candidates for local, state and Congressional seats.
County Council Chambers were filled to capacity Tuesday evening, February 27, as Newberry County Democrats Chairman Walt McLeod called the convention to order. On the agenda were elections for local party officers ranging from the chair position to vice chairs, treasurer and representatives to the state Democratic Party’s Executive Committee. Biennial precinct meetings and county conventions are the warm-up to the state party convention, party primaries and the general election in November.
Following election of officers, attendees heard from the Democratic candidates for governor, candidates for Congress from both the S.C. third and S.C. fifth Congressional Districts, and a candidate for S.C. secretary of state. Attendees also heard from S.C. Democratic Party Chair Trav Robertson.
County party officers elected at the convention: Newberry County Democratic Chair: Walt McLeod, First Vice Chair: Travis Reeder, Second Vice Chair: Bobbie Glasgow, Third Vice Chair: Carlton Kinard, Secretary: Loretta Moon, Treasurer: Karen Lindler Smith, State Executive Committeeman: John Sukovich, Alternate State Executive Committeeman: Sam Martin, State Executive Committeewoman: Elizabeth Rivera, Alternate State Executive Committeewoman: Lillie Hunter.
The convention concluded with the election of delegates to the state party convention, which will be held on Saturday, April 21.
Women delegates elected to the State Democratic Convention: Sarah E. Blair, Narvis Boyd, Bobbie Glasgow, Alvena Goudelock, Lillie Hunter, Loretta Moon, Elizabeth Rivera, Harriet Rucker.
Women alternate delegates elected to the State Democratic Convention: Johnie Mae Bookman, Willa Brown, Bernice Camp, Anna Kay Coleman.
Men delegates elected to the State Democratic Convention: Thomas Boyd, Zebbie Goudelock, Buddy Johnson, Carlton Kinard, Walt McLeod, Travis Reeder, Rev. Johnny Mack Scurry, John Sukovich, Rev. Jim Williams.
Men alternate delegates elected to the State Democratic Convention: Sammie Graham, James Hunter, Rev. Edward Jeter, Larry Kinard, Dwight Lane, Sam Martin, Rev. David Seymour, Mickey Suber.
Resolution approved unanimously by the 2018 Newberry County Democratic Convention:
DACA and Proposed Dream Act Support: Whereas, Persons illegally brought to the United States as children are protected from deportation by DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; and Whereas, these protected persons are known as DREAMERS and should be allowed to stay in the United States with a pathway to citizenship so that they can work and continue their education; Therefore, be it resolved that: the proposed DREAM ACT — for the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors — should be enacted by the United States Congress and signed into law, so that approximately 800,000 DREAMERS can stay in the United States and continue their work and education without fear of deportation.
Political Candidates speaking or represented at the 2018 Newberry County Democratic Convention were:
Candidates for Governor of South Carolina: Representative James Smith of Columbia: Marguerite Willis, Esquire of Florence; Remly Beard Johnson of Abbeville speaking on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble of Charleston who was unable to attend because he was called to visit his 100-year old father who is a resident in a nursing facility in Atlanta.
Candidates for United States Congress, Third Congressional District: Mary Geren of Clemson; Preston Johnson of Oconee County, speaking on behalf of congressional candidate Hosea Cleveland of Seneca.
Candidates for United States Congress, Fifth Congressional District: Archie Parnell of Sumter, Steve Lough of Camden
Candidate for Secretary of State of South Carolina: Melvin Whittenburg of Columbia.