Al Sharpton-Campaign Organization, South Carolina
After pursuing an exploratory effort throughout 2002, Rev. Al Sharpton filed papers establishing a presidential exploratory committee with the FEC on January 21, 2003.  On September 30, 2003 Sharpton named Charles Halloran to serve as his campaign manager, replacing Frank Watkins, who started as campaign manager of Sharpton Explore 2004 in mid-April 2003. 
Sharpton South Carolina Leadership
Campaign Headquarters: 2101 Main St. Suite I, Columbia   (opened early Jan. 2004)
South Carolina State Director Roderick Scott
(announced Dec. 30, 2003)  A Louisiana native who has experience running statewide campaigns across the Southeastern U.S. and the Deep South.  In addition to serving as a Democratic staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, Mr. Scott served as Louisiana Political Director for the Gore/Lieberman Campaign in 2000.
South Carolina Operations Director Trelvis Miller
(announced Dec. 30, 2003)  Currently serves as a Councilman in Orangeburg, South Carolina and has served in law enforcement as an Orangeburg Deputy Sheriff.  Mr. Miller also has significant experience in grassroots organizing, coalition building and economic development in South Carolina.
South Carolina Communications Director Cheryl Washington
(announced Dec. 30, 2003)   Has served in the District Office of South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn and worked for WCSC TV News in Charleston and most recently as Public Information Coordinator for South Carolina State University.

Campaign Headquarters: 107 North Guerry Street, Florence (opened May 2003)
State Coordinator Kevin A. Gray
(January 2003-resigned Sept. 2003.  Campaign oversight, planning, media & political strategy)  Community organizer since 1968.  In 2002 Gray ran for governor as a write-in candidate supported by the United Citizens Party.  National Steering Committee Member - Nader for President 2000.  Southern political director for Sen. Tom Harkin's 1992 presidential campaign.  South Carolina coordinator for Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign.  Gray was a founding member of the National Rainbow Coalition in 1986.  He is a past four-term president of the South Carolina affiliate of the ACLU.  Gray has written extensively on race and politics.

Steering Committee:
Ed Robinson, Florence County Council    Co-Chair
Representative Carl Allen, Greenville    Co-Chair
Dr. Bernard Gallman, Columbia    Co-Chair
Marion Anderson, Orangeburg    State Treasurer
Rev. Hayes Gainey, Orangeburg     Chair, Church Outreach

Dr. Michael Addison, Allendale
Beverly Armstrong, Columbia
Rev. John T. Berry, Greenville
Elsa I. Brooks, Orangeburg
Gene Brown, Columbia
Michael D. Brown, Spartanburg
Charles Brave, Jr., Charleston
Franklin Briggs, Florence
Rev. Clifford Brown, Charleston
James Campbell, Charleston
Kim Carter, Columbia
Zack Cooper, Florence
Walter Curry, Sr. Orangeburg
Walter Curry, Jr., Orangeburg
Patricia Ann Daniels, Columbia
Trina Davis, Orangeburg
Kevin Debarr, Orangeburg
Barron Driskell, Orangeburg
Lillian Brock Fleming, Greenville County Council
Rev. J.M. Fleming, Greenville
Senator Maggie Glover, Florence
Schnita Goodwin, Columbia
Brian Gray, Columbia
Darryl G. Gray, Jr., Spartanburg
Camille L. Gray, Columbia
Marjorie Hammock, Columbia
Weldon Hammond, Columbia
Christopher R. Hart, Columbia
Roosevelt Henegan, Bennettsville City Council
Rev. E. Gail Holness, Columbia
Shawn Johnson, Sumter
Bobby Jolley, Florence
Shirley Lowery, Sumter
Neil Mac, Columbia
Eddie L. Miller, Jr.
Jereleen Hollimon-Miller, Orangeburg
Telly Miller, Orangeburg
Trelvis Miller, Orangeburg City Council
Jabari Moketsi, Beaufort
Efia Nwangaza, Greenville
Kathy Owens, Greenville
Jennette Pendergrass, Florence
Arthur & Roberta H. Pinckney, Mt. Pleasant
Lynn Pinckney, Columbia
Pamela M. Robinson, Charleston
Sekou Sanders, Columbia
Sam Sanders, Columbia
Joseph Singletary, Lake City - City Council
Albert Smith, Florence
Rev. Frank Thompson, Orangeburg
Andrea Chavis Vanias, Columbia
Tim Walters, Florence
Cheryl Washington, Orangeburg
Cookie Washington, Charleston
David Whitmire, Spartanburg
Billy Williams, Florence City Council
Frank Williams, Sumter
Freddie Williams, Florence
Rev. Rommie Williams, Orangeburg
Willard Wilson, Hampton

Sharpton opened the office, which is a shared space, during his May 17, 2003 visit.  Kevin Gray notes that Florence is where Jesse Jackson ran strongest in 1988.

Copyright © 2003  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.