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Gov names co-chairs for possible run

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - Gov. Nikki Haley has announced the names of 164 people who have agreed to help her get re-elected, even while reiterating she won't decide until this summer whether she'll seek a second term.

Haley said in a statement that state Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly will serve as chairman of a statewide grassroots steering committee.

The Republican governor named 164 local volunteers who will spread her message. The committee consists of at least one person from each of the 46 counties.

"Governor Haley has made clear that she will wait until the summer before deciding whether to run for re-election," said Kurt Pickhardt, Governor Haley's political director. "However, she has instructed our team to get prepared in the event that she does run, and today, we are releasing the names of those who have generously agreed to serve on the Haley Grassroots Steering Committee. This amazing group is made up of 164 people from all 46 counties, and we are enormously grateful for this outpouring of support even before our campaign is up and running. I have no doubt that this great group of men and women will provide an invaluable backbone to our efforts to spread Governor Haley's message of jobs, reform, and a brighter future for South Carolina. It's a great day in South Carolina!"

The announcement comes four months after former chief of staff Tim Pearson left that post to head up her possible run.


"Governor Haley has done a tremendous job over the past two years," said Chairman Connelly. "It is my honor to join grassroots leaders from across the state in standing with the governor. Under the governor's leadership, we have said 'no' to President Obama's spending spree, 'no' to Washington mandates and 'no' to big union bosses. South Carolina is on the move - investment is up, unemployment is down, and people around the country are talking about South Carolina as the new 'It' state."
"When it comes to recruiting new business for our state and encouraging economic growth, the governor is second to none," said South Carolina Republican Party National Committeeman Glenn McCall from York County. "With the unemployment rate's steady decline ever since she took office, South Carolina is on the path back to becoming a powerhouse state for economic development because of her leadership. Governor Haley truly is the ‘Jobs Governor.'"
"The governor has made it abundantly clear that her first priority is jobs," said South Carolina Republican Party First Vice Chairwoman Lin Bennett from Charleston. "Whether she's fighting for Boeing, saving The Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head, or selling our state's rich culture and beautiful vacation destinations to tourists, Governor Haley is our state's best cheerleader."
Members of Gov. Haley's committee include:
Steve Maxwell, U.S. Army, Retired

Joanne Coffaro, Women of Woodside President
Tony Coffaro, Former Aiken Republican Club President
Dick Dewar, City Councilman
Steve Homoki, City Councilman
Zee Homoki, Former S.C. ETV Commissioner
Robert Prendergast, Republican leader
Carol Sue Roberts, Republican leader
KT Ruthven, Aiken County Republican Party Committeeman
Dennis Saylor, Aiken County Republican Party Chairman
Bauer Vaughters, Republican leader
Dee Dee Vaughters, Republican leader

Ron Lanter, Allendale County Republican Party Committeeman

Dan Harvell, Anderson County Republican Party Chairman
Hubert McClure, Republican leader

Dan Luginbill, Bamberg County Republican Party Chairman

Ben Kinlaw, Former Barnwell County Republican Party Chairman

Mary Amonitti, Former President of the Republican Women of Southern Beaufort County
Bonnie Canova, activist
Judy Dobrei, activist
Jerry Hallman, Beaufort County Republican Party Chairman
Tom Hatfield, Hilton Head Island First Monday Republican Club Co-Founder
Lauren Martel, South Carolina Republican Party First Congressional District Secretary
Taylor Mason, University of South Carolina at Beaufort College Republicans Chairman
Doug Novak, activist
Blane Raley, activist
Sandra Reed, activist
Charlie Reed, activist
James Wedgworth, Republican leader

Jim Davis, South Carolina Republican Party First Congressional District Chairman
Terry Hardesty, Berkeley County Republican Party Committeeman
Ben Huckaby, activist
Lisa Shealy, activist

Larry Jordan, Calhoun County Republican Party Chairman

Lin Bennett, South Carolina Republican Party First Vice Chairwoman, Charleston County Republican Party Chairwoman
Cindy Costa, South Carolina Republican Party National Committeewoman
Belinda Roberts, Charleston Republican Women President
Lanneau Seigling, Charleston County Republican Party Committeeman
Mark Smith, East Cooper Republican Club President

Scott Ramsey, Republican leader

Nancy C. Anderson, Chester County Republican Party Chairman
Drew Johnson, South Carolina Republican Party Fifth Congressional District Chairman
Lorraine Povlick, Republican leader
Sandra Stroman, Chester County Republican Party Committeewoman

Glenn Gulledge, Chesterfield County Republican Party Committeeman
Jack Parker, Chesterfield County Republican Party Chairman
Danny Wilkerson, Republican leader
Pat Wilkerson, Republican leader

Moye Graham, Clarendon County Republican Party Chairman

Janis Blocker, Colleton County Republican Party Chairwoman
Mary Anne Cannady, Republican leader
Cal Griffin, Colleton County Republican Party Committeeman

Matthew Blewitt, Former Pee Dee Young Republicans Chairman
Le Flowers, Darlington County Republican Party Chairman

Myrna Garris, Dillon County Republican Party Chairwoman

Jordan Bryngelson, Former Dorchester County Republican Party Committeeman
Carroll Duncan, Dorchester County Republican Party Chairwoman
Wiley Johnson, Dorchester County Republican Party Committeeman
Bill Spearman, activist
Aaron Wagner, activist

Rodney Ashcraft, Edgefield County Republican Party Chairman

Kevin Thomas, Fairfield County Republican Party Chairman

Elijah Jones, Former South Carolina Republican Party Seventh Congressional District Chairman
Susan Minck, Republican leader
Bill Pickle, Florence County Republican Party Chairman
Renee Woodberry, Republican leader

Randy Hollister, Republican leader
Jim Jerow, Georgetown County Republican Party Chairman
Joyce Jerow, Georgetown County Republican Party Committeewoman
Ted Quantz, Republican leader
Jerry Rovner, South Carolina Republican Party Seventh Congressional District Chairman

Erica Christian, South Carolina Federation of Young Republicans Secretary
Anna Cochran, Upstate Young Republicans Secretary
Roan Garcia-Quintana, Republican leader
James Gibney, South Carolina Young Republicans State Committeeman
Dan Herren, South Carolina Republican Party Treasurer, Greenville County Republican Party Committeeman
Nate Leupp, Upstate Young Republicans President
Kaaren Mann, Golden Strip Republican Women President
Wayne Middleton, Conservative activist leader
Betty Poe, Greenville County Republican Party Chairwoman
Debbie Spaugh, Greenville County Republican Women President
Andrew Smith, South Carolina Federation of College Republicans Vice Chairman

JoAnn Burroughs, Greenwood County Republican Party Committeewoman
Anne Hancock, Retired educator, President of the Republican Women of Greenwood County

Gail Burris, Hampton County Republican Party Committeewoman
Skeet Burris, Hampton County Republican Party Chairman

Johnny Bellamy, Horry County Republican Party Chairwoman
Adam Cates, South Carolina Federation of Young Republicans Chairman
Terry Fletcher, Horry County Republican Party Committeeman
Ron Hughes, CMSGT (retired)
Gerri McDaniel, Conservative activist
Camille Noonan, Myrtle Beach Republican Women President

Joseph Arzillo, Jasper County Republican Party Committeeman
Joseph Brown, Republican leader
Duane Swygert, Jasper County Republican Party Chairman

Kim Demer, Kershaw Republican Women President
Sheri Few, Former Kershaw County Republican Party Committeewoman
Chris Oviatt, Kershaw County Republican Party Chairman
Shelby Price, Kershaw County Republican Committeewoman

Donnie Jones, Lancaster County Republican Party Committeeman
Bill McGarry, Patriot Voices County Coordinator
Sandy McGarry, Lancaster County Republican Party Chairwoman, Patriot Voices State Chair
Sal Rao, Republican leader

Dianne Belsom, Laurens County Tea Party President
John Henley, Laurens County Republican Party Chairman
Laura Nowell, Presbyterian College College Republicans President
Wendell Satterfield, Laurens County Republican Party Chairman Committeeman

Sam Cerezo, Lee County Republican Party Committeeman

Craig V. Adams, Conservative Activist, Minister, and Founder of the Midland Patriot
Rich Bolen, Former Lexington County Republican Party Chairman
Tony Denny, Former South Carolina Republican Party Executive Director
Mike Green, Republican leader
Deb Kelderman, West Metro Republican Women President
Allen Olson, Former Columbia Tea Party President
Randy Page, South Carolina Republican Party Second Congressional District Chairman

Eric Fry, Marion County Republican Party Chairman

Patrick Coxe, Marlboro County Republican Party Chairman
Pete Robyn, Republican leader

Verna Clayton, McCormick County Republican Party Committeewoman
Ruth Obermeyer, McCormick County Republican Party Chairwoman

Chad Connelly, South Carolina Republican Party Chairman
Byrd Smith, Newberry County Republican Party Chairman

Phil Soper, Oconee County Republican Party Committeeman

Bill Connor, South Carolina Republican Party Sixth Congressional District Chairman
Roy Lindsey, Orangeburg County Republican Party Committeeman
Jocoby Lowery, South Carolina State University College Republicans Chairman
Jim Ulmer, Orangeburg County Republican Party Chairman

Phillip Bowers, Pickens County Republican Party Chairman
Kristin Maguire, Former Pickens County Republican Party Committeewoman
March Maguire, Republican leader
Zack McClelland, South Carolina Federation of College Republicans Treasurer
Mitchell Zmarzly, South Carolina Federation of College Republicans Upstate Director

Katie Baham, Former South Carolina Republican Party Political Director
Bob Barnwell, MAJ USA (retired), Precinct President
Sandra Bryan, Republican leader
Luke Byars, Former South Carolina Republican Party Executive Director
Eric Davis, Richland County Republican Party Chairman
Peter Kennedy, Republican leader
Sharon Kennedy, Republican leader
Deb Marks, Capital City Republican Women President
Drew McKissick, South Carolina Republican Party Parliamentarian
Lou Nolan, Richland County Republican Party Committeeman
Patrick Nolan, Republican leader
DeLinda Ridings, Executive Secretary for the Executive Committee to the South Carolina Republican Party
Katie Thompson, South Carolina Federation of College Republicans Chairman
Trey Walker, Former South Carolina Republican Party Executive Director
Eaddy Willard, Former South Carolina Republican Party Secretary

Jerry Strawbridge, Saluda County Republican Party Chairman

Glenda Brady, South Carolina Federation of Republican Women Finance Committee Chairwoman
Rebecca Edwards, Converse College College Republicans President
Gaye Holt, President of Greenville-Spartanburg Republican Women and Fourth District Director of the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women
Nic Lane, South Carolina Federation of Young Republicans Regional Vice Chairman
Allen Lollis, Wofford College Republicans President
Beverly Owensby, Palmetto House Republican Woman President
Kathy Pflug, Republican leader
LaDonna Ryggs, Spartanburg County Republican Party Chairwoman
Robert Ryggs, Former South Carolina Republican Party Fourth Congressional District Chairman

Shery Smith, Sumter County Republican Party Chairwoman

Mike Fowler, Union County Republican Party Chairman

Ida Martin, Williamsburg County Republican Party Committeewoman

Diane Carr, Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women President
EJ Cousar, South Carolina Republican Party Second Vice Chairman
Glenn McCall, South Carolina Republican Party National Committeeman
Kevin Smith, York County Republican Party Committeeman

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