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MEMO: O’Malley's Growing South Carolina Campaign

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Karine Jean-Pierre, Deputy Campaign Manager 
DATE: October 22, 2015
RE: O’Malley's Growing South Carolina Campaign
Coming on the heels of the Governor's strong performance in the first Democratic debate, O'Malley for President is gearing up and expanding operations in South Carolina with staff on the ground to introduce the Governor's progressive vision and his record of getting things done.

We are proud to announce growing support within the state. Our campaign will be chaired by State Senator Vincent Sheheen, Former State Representative H. Boyd Brown, Charleston City Councilmember Rodney Williams, Phil Noble, and Mullins McLeod.

This week marks Governor O'Malley's 8th visit to South Carolina since 2013.

South Carolina Chairs & Supporters:

  • State Senator Vincent Sheheen (Political Co-Chair) has served in the South Carolina Senate since 2004, and was previously a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2001-2004. The Governor worked closely with Senator Sheheen when he ran for Governor of South Carolina in 2010 and again in 2014, but lost both times to Nikki Haley. Senator Sheheen has been fearless in his approach to bringing forth change in South Carolina, despite the conservative build up of the GOP Majority in the legislature. He was very close with the late State Senator Clementa Pinckney, whom tragically lost his life with 8 others in the historic Emanuel AME Church shootings earlier this year. As he had pushed for the removal of the Confederate Flag during his gubernatorial race, Senator Sheheen introduced the legislation that had the Confederate Flag from the State Legislature and all other State Buildings.
  • Former State Representative H. Boyd Brown (Political Co-Chair) served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2008-2012. He is one of South Carolina’s three members on the Democratic National Committee. Brown graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007, with a degree in Political Science. While in college, Brown was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. Brown comes from a family of politicians. He was a third generation member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, before moving into Commercial Real Estate.
  • Charleston City Councilmember Rodney Williams (Steering Committee) was recently elected in November 2013 as the Charleston City Councilmember for District 2.  He is a native of Charleston, SC and resides in West Ashley. Councilmember Williams is an economic development consultant and the owner of Williams and Associates Consulting LLC.  He is also a National Consumer Credit Counselor and National Housing Counselor.  He also mandates corporate compliance within the public and private sectors on construction development. Councilmember Williams continues to build strong government relations and is an advocate on healthcare issues and providing strong constituent services for all.
  • Phil Noble (Steering Committee) founded the Palmetto Project, a community service group that has initiated over 200 innovative projects focused on economic development, education, conservation, and improving access to health care in 1985. Noble served as the executive director from 1985-1992. In 2008, Noble founded One Laptop Per Child SC with a pledge to provide an educational laptop for every public school student in the state. Phil has also been involved in South Carolina politics as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1994 and as President of the South Carolina New Democrats, an independent reform group started by former Governor and US Secretary of Education Richard Riley. Noble also served as an early advisor to President Barack Obama’s South Carolina primary campaign.
  • Mullins McLeod (Finance Chair) Mullins was born on March 4th 1972 and is from Waterboro, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School (1990), Wofford College (1994) and the University Of South Carolina School Of Law (J.D. 1997). He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1997. The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in 1998, and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. Following law school, Mullins served as law clerk to then Circuit Court Judge, Costa M. Pleicones, now Associate Justice to the South Carolina Supreme Court. Additionally, Mullins was admitted to the United States Supreme Court in 2014. Having come from a long line of attorneys who have served South Carolina in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of State Government, Mullins has a deep commitment to the State of South Carolina. Mullins served two terms as the Chairman of the Charleston County Democratic Party and was a Democratic Candidate for Governor in 2010.
Governor O'Malley is running on his record of achieving the things that the other Presidential candidates only talk about. He is leading the field by setting bold, progressive goals for our country to tackle the most pressing issues facing South Carolina families and our nation.

We believe the combination of supporters already on the ground, our growing grassroots operation, and the governor's message of new leadership and someone with a proven track record of getting things done makes him well positioned in South Carolina. 


Matt Corridoni
O'Malley for President