Charting a Course to Victory for South Carolina Democrats

The purpose of the South Carolina Democratic Party is to support Democratic nominees and to win elections, but that has become increasingly difficult throughout the years. Cycle after cycle, the Party’s inability to galvanize substantial support statewide and across legislative districts has ensured that we continue to lose ground in South Carolina. But we cannot concede to the Republicans. 

The Project Roadmap Task Force will recommend ways for the South Carolina Democratic Party to strategically implement its priorities around a Coordinated Campaign Model, Voter Engagement, Candidate Recruitment, Training, and Support for candidates at all levels, and recommend best practices for County Parties.

Establishing a Roadmap for 2024, defining the role of the SCDP, and identifying our strategic imperatives will be paramount to our success and future as a State Democratic Party. 

The Project Roadmap Task Force appointed by SCDP Chair Christale Spain comprises diverse individuals representing elected officials, former candidates, Democratic strategists, county chairs, and caucus and activist leaders.

The Project Roadmap Task Force will hold at least three meetings soliciting input from various stakeholders. The Task Force will complete its work and present a final report to the SCDP Chair no later than January 31, 2024.

Task Force Members

Lachlan McIntosh, Charleston County – Co-Chair
Lachlan McIntosh is a veteran political consultant based in Charleston for over 30 years. He has worked in successful campaigns around the country, from the Presidential level to local town council elections. He is a former executive director of the South Carolina Democratic Party and served as an aide to former Governor Jim Hodges and campaign aide to US Senator Fritz Hollings and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley.

Jalisa Washington-Price, Richland County – Co-Chair
Jalisa is Managing Director at Kivvit + Subject Matter, a leading public affairs firm based in Washington, DC. She is a native of South Carolina. In 2016, Jalisa served as the SC political director for the Hillary Clinton campaign. She then held senior leadership positions at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In 2020 Jalisa was named the SC State Director and National Deputy Political Director for Kamala Harris. During the general election, she worked on Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, serving as senior political advisor to Kamala Harris. She specializes in campaign management, issue advocacy, messaging, stakeholder engagement, and strategic counsel.

Alycia Albergottie, Richland County
Alycia Albergottie is a former Richland County Democratic Party chair and county party officer. Alycia served as a DNC delegate for Hillary Clinton in 2016. She was the 2016 (General Election) State Director for Hillary For America, and in 2020 she was the South Carolina State Director for the Elizabeth Warren Presidential campaign. Alycia has worked on several SC campaigns, from municipal to Governor races. She recently ran and won the Christale Spain for SCDP Chair’s race.

Hayward Bannister, Richland County
Hayward Bannister is the owner of BANCO/ Bannister Company, LLC . Heyward is a long-time Democrat. He has been involved in over 400 political campaigns, anything from school board to presidential campaigns and anything in between.

Representative Heather Bauer, Richland County
Heather Bauer is the Democratic Representative for SCHD 75. She serves in the Legislative Black Caucus, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and is Co-Chair of the Sportsman Caucus.

Katie Crosby, Lancaster County
Katie Crosby is the chair of the Lancaster County Democratic Party. She was the Democratic nominee for House District 44 in 2022. Katie is a former elementary school teacher and now works in Real Estate.

Representative Chandra Dillard, Greenville County
Chandra Dillard serves in the South Carolina Statehouse as the Representative for House District 23 in Greenville County. Rep. Dillard is also the House Deputy Leader of the House Democratic Caucus. Former public service includes service on Greenville City Council from 1999- 2008.

Angela Douglas, Chester County
Angela Douglas is a long-time Democratic strategist from Chester. She has worked on several campaigns and has served in several capacities for the Chester County party and the SC Democratic Women’s Council. She serves as the SC Democratic Women’s Council Director for Congressional District 5. Angela is also a former Chester City Councilwoman. She works as a sociopolitical researcher and entrepreneur.

Lillian Brock Fleming, Greenville County
Lillian Brock Flemming is the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Greenville, SC. She is a Democratic official serving her City and retired from Greenville County Schools. A Life Member of the Greenville NAACP, she serves as Branch Secretary.

Phil Ford, Orangeburg County
Phil Ford started The Ford & Ford Group, where he has successfully implemented issue campaigns and fundraising efforts and trained hundreds of advocates across South Carolina to help move South Carolina to be a more just and equitable state. With over 20 years of experience in politics, nonprofit consulting, and community organizations, Phillip believes in a grassroots approach to making change happen. He has served in many different capacities and positions within the SCDP.

Kathryn Harvey, Spartanburg County
Kathryn Harvey is the chair of the Spartanburg County Democratic Party and a 2023 Clyburn Fellow. She founded Neue South, a strategic marketing firm in Upstate, South Carolina, working at the intersection of advocacy, politics, and nonprofit impact.

James Horch, Aiken County
James Horch is a retired Union Ironworker and serves as Political Coordinator of Ironworkers Local 846 in South Carolina. James is the Executive Committeeman for the Aiken Democratic Party. He serves as Executive Councilman for the 2nd Congressional District for the SCDP.

Kathleen Hughes, Beaufort County
Kathleen Hughes is chair of the Beaufort County Democratic Party. Kathleen is a James E. Clyburn Political Fellow and worked as a county organizer for the 2020 All In campaign. She has served as the Bluffton Democratic Club President, precinct president and in leadership roles for several like-minded community organizations. Kathleen and her husband, Steve, have owned a small retail business in the Lowcountry for over 25 years and are proud parents to rescued black lab mix Patrick.

Lenore Jackson, Sumter County
Lenore Jackson serves as the Secretary of the Sumter County Democratic Party and Co-Chair of the SCDP Black Women’s Caucus. Lenore has worked on several campaigns from the Congressional Level to the County School Board. She is an Emerge SC Alumni and a Clyburn Fellowship. She is a 22 year US Air Force Combat Veteran.

Representative Jermaine Johnson, DBA, Richland County
State Representative Dr. Jermaine Johnson represents House District 70 in Richland County. He sits on the house education committee in the general assembly. Rep. Johnson is a small business owner, consultant and licensed insurance agent.

James A Jones, Spartanburg County
James A Jones is the 1st Vice Chair of the Spartanburg County Democratic Party. He serves on many community boards, including Spartanburg’s District Seven School Board. As a sole practitioner in a thriving Immigration Law practice, Mr. Jones dedicates each day to changing his community and impacting lives worldwide.

Kayin Jones, Richland County
Kayin Jones’ history of serving others spans an excess of 25 years. He has a passion for Politics and has worked on countless Campaigns and Initiatives. He served as the State Outreach Director for a Presidential Candidate in South Carolina during the 2020 Presidential Election Cycle. He is currently working in Academic Affairs and teaching at Benedict College.

Chris Kenney, Richland County
Chris Kenney is a lawyer in Columbia who has worked for, volunteered on, and donated to dozens of Democratic campaigns.

John Kraljevich, York County
John Kraljevich is in his second term as chair of the York County Democratic Party. A 2018 candidate for State House, John has been a campaign manager, a staffer for Congressional and Presidential campaigns, and a presenter at past SCDP Spratt Issues Conferences. He was a member of the 2017 Clyburn Fellowship class.

Carla Litrenta, York County
Carla Litrenta is the former Democratic candidate for South Carolina State House District 66. She is proud to be a public servant and works as an Assistant Solicitor for York County.

Charles Lewis, Greenwood County
Charles Lewis is a lifelong Democrat with a military and law enforcement leadership background. He served four years as the Chair of the Greenwood County Democratic Party, bringing new life to the county party. Charles led an increase in the active members of the county party. He improved the fundraising capacity of the rural county.

Donovan Malloy, Darlington County
Donovan Malloy has experience working within the executive levels of state government and Democratic Party politics. He has served as a county officer for the Darlington County Democratic Party. Donovan is now an attorney specializing in complex civil litigation.

Senator Margie Bright Matthews, Colleton County
Senator Margie Bright Matthews has been a member of the South Carolina Senate since winning a special election in 2015. She represents Senate District 45, which includes Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties. A lifelong resident of Walterboro, she opened her law firm in her hometown, where she still practices.

Representative Annie E. McDaniel, Fairfield County
Annie E McDaniel is a Democrat from Fairfield County, SC, who, after completing studies at The University of SC, served as a Fairfield County Elected School Board Member for 18 years before being Elected as the State Representative for House District 41. Rep McDaniel is the people’s Representative who provides service with a visible difference. Rep McDaniel is fearless and a public servant educator of the essentials of politics.

Valerie Moore, Richland County
Valerie Moore is the Richland County Democratic Party Chair. She is also a precinct leader, volunteer coordinator and enjoys engaging with voters. Her work as a school administrator has provided a foundation for visioning, planning, and leadership.

Joey Oppermann, Anderson County
Joey Oppermann is an attorney in the upstate. He has been an active South Carolina Democrat for over 25 years and has served as a precinct, county, and State party officer.

Patricia Pringle, Clarendon County
Patricia Pringle is chairwoman of the Clarendon County Democratic Party. She has served as the County Auditor for Clarendon County for 20 years. She has served as precinct executive committee person, county executive committee person, county party officer, and other positions.

Ralph Prioleau, Berkeley County
Ralph Prioleau is the Chair of the Berkeley County Democratic Party. In 2020, he was a candidate for School Board District 7 in Berkeley County. Ralph has served as a county party officer, caucus officer (Parliamentarian for the SCDP Council of Black Democrats), and community leader. He is the Assistant Dean of Academic Administration at the Charleston School of Law.

Brady Quirk-Garvan, Charleston County
Brady Quirk-Garvan was the Chair of the Charleston County Democratic Party for five years when they flipped six seats. Brady has been a delegate to the DNC for the last three conventions. He is active in Democratic campaigns across SC. He lives in North Charleston, SC.

Vicki Ringer, Lexington County
Vicki Ringer is the Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Votes South Atlantic. She oversees the recruitment, endorsement, and election of pro-choice candidates throughout the state. She got her start in campaigns by helping her mom get elected as the Dillon County Clerk of Court.

Liz Rivera, Newberry County
Liz Rivera is the Vice Chair of the Hispanic Caucus. She is an active member of the Newberry County Democrats and was elected as the Executive Committee Woman representing Newberry County. Liz works very closely with the Hispanic Community in Newberry County. She also serves on the State Affirmative Action Committee, which works to deliver a diverse SC delegation to the DNC Convention.

Erica Sampson, Charleston County
Erica Sampson is Chair of the Lowcountry Young Democrats. Erica has served as an officer for the SCDP Black Caucus and the Charleston County Democratic Party. Erica is also obtaining her Ph. D while working as a Human Resources Professional.

Justin Smith, Greenville County
Justin A. Smith is chair of the Young Democrats of Greenville County. He is a 2019 James E. Clyburn Political Fellow and a veteran of numerous campaigns and voter engagement initiatives. He holds a BA in political science from Clemson University and a MA in social science from The Citadel Graduate College.

Bre Spaulding, Richland County
Bre Spaulding currently serves as Parliamentarian for Richland County Democratic Party. Bre has worked on campaigns on every level. She is involved in the Young Democrats of SC and America, teaches at USC, and owns her own consulting firm, The Winning Platform.

Representative Spencer Wetmore, Charleston County
In August 2020, Spencer won her special election and made national headlines for flipping a seat in the SC House in a gerrymandered district that Republicans had long held. She won again in November 2020 and has loved representing District 115 ever since.

Isaac Wilson, Florence County
Isaac Wilson is the chair of the Florence County Democratic Party. He ran for City Council in 2022 and SC House in 2020. He also served as Joe Biden’s Regional Organizing Director in 2020 as well.

Beth Young, Beaufort County
Beth Young started as a community organizer for President Obama. She went on to serve as GOTV Lead for the Beaufort Democratic Party for six election cycles and as Finance Chair and 2nd Vice Chair. She has also worked as statewide operations director and fundraising manager for presidential and congressional campaigns, regional organizer for three gubernatorial campaigns, and volunteered on several local campaigns. She serves as Chair of The Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She has run her own small business for 28 years.