Howard Dean-Campaign Organization, South Carolina
Dean for America  
On May 30, 2002, Dean mailed the FEC papers establishing Dean for America, a presidential campaign committee.  Dean for America is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont.  Joe Trippi is national campaign director. 

Dean for America South Carolina Leadership
Campaign Headquarters: 1556 Sunnyside Drive, Columbia 
(opened Dec. 1, Dean at grand opening Dec. 7, 2003)

On Jan. 8, 2004 the campaign reported 36 staff on the payroll in South Carolina...
On Jan. 16, 2004 the campaign reported "over 50 full-time paid staff members" in South Carolina...
South Carolina State Director Don Jones
(started latter part of Nov. 2003)  Founder of the Jones & Associates political consulting firm. Formerly served as a consultant on African-American outreach to both Clinton presidential campaigns. 
Deputy State Director (Columbia) Kelly Adams

Deputy State Director (Charleston) Michael Carey

Acting Field Director Patrick Gaspard

Deputy Field Director Keith Grandberry
One of the 100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc.  Experience includes Urban Specialist for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America.
Acting Deputy Field Director Josh Peck

Columbia - state headquarters
Regional Director:    Earl Brooks

Charleston - 215 E. Bay Street (opened Dec. 1)
Regional Director:    Abbey Green
Volunteer Coordinator:   Dana Magliola

Florence - 814 W. Evans Street (opened Dec. 30)
Regional Director:    Spencer Scott

Greenville: 1613 East North Street(opened Dec. 19 or 20)
Upstate Political Director:  Remle Beard
Volunteer Coordinator:   Brandon Nichols

Orangeburg: 1583 Amelia Street (opened Dec. 19 or 20)
Orangeburg County Organizer:    Keith Baptiste

Political Director Margaret Feagin
Formerly served as President of the South Carolina Democratic Women's Council and as an Executive Committee Member for the South Carolina Democratic Party.
Political Director Dee Dawkins-Haigler
Owner of DDH & Associates, a political consulting company, and immediate past chair of the Juvenile Parole Board for the state of South Carolina.
Press Secretary Delacey Skinner
(Since beginning of Dec. 2003)
Director of Operations Patrick Anderson

South Carolina Chairman Rep. David Mack III
(Announced Jan. 21, 2003)  Rep. Mack of Charleston (Dist. 109), is chair-elect of the General Assembly's Black Caucus.  He has served in the House since 1997 and is a businessman, health care consultant, and radio talk show host. 

Former South Carolina Governor John West (1971-75)

Senator John Matthews of Bowman (District 39 - Bamberg, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton & Orangeburg Cos.) -businessman; retired elementary school principal    01/06/04
Representative David Mack of Charleston (District 109)
Representative Seth Whipper of Charleston (District 113 - Charleston Co.)  -attorney

Abbeville County Chair Remle Beard 
Georgetown County Chair Charles McGill 
Greenwood County Chair Norval Davis 
Pickens County Chair Rick Bailey 

Richland County Council Member Kit Smith 

Democratic Executive Committee Member Roger Finch 
Democratic Executive Committee Member Jerry Goldman 
Democratic Executive Committee Member David Vandiver 

Anderson City Council Member Dr. Beatrice Thompson 
Cayce City Council Member James "Skip" Jenkins 
Florence Mayor Pro Tempore Billy D. Williams 
Hartsville City Council Member Adlena Graham 
Myrtle Beach City Council Member Michael Chesnut 
North Charleston City Council Member Samuel Hart 
West Columbia City Council Member Rosemounda "Peggy" Butler 

Early Endorsements
Rep. Seth Whipper, Charleston  reported by The State's Lee Bandy, June 15, 2003
Billy Dee Williams, Mayor Pro Tempore of Florence
Rosemounda "Peggy" Butler, former West Columbia Mayor Pro Tempore  reported by The State's Lee Bandy, June 15, 2003
Former Gov. John West   reported by The State's Lee Bandy, June 15, 2003

Rep. Brenda Lee, Spartanburg  switched to Gephardt, announced Dec. 2003.

Early Organization
During 1st Q 2003, Dean for America reported payments of $28,952.90 and debts/obligations of $7,000 to The Grant Group, Inc., a lobbying firm run by Joseph Grant of Columbia.  Rep. David Mack III was a key early backer of the campaign.  Carlton Washington worked as a consultant.  Patrick Anderson was a finance staffer.  There was not much of a formal campaign until the appointment of Don Jones, then the staff grew rapidly to about 30 people by the end of 2003. 

South Carolina for Howard Dean

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