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:{}AbbevilleSteve Maxwell, U.S. Army, RetiredAikenJoanne Coffaro, Women of Woodside PresidentTony Coffaro, Former Aiken Republican Club PresidentDick Dewar, City CouncilmanSteve Homoki, City CouncilmanZee Homoki, Former S.C. ETV CommissionerRobert Prendergast, Republican leaderCarol Sue Roberts, Republican leaderKT Ruthven, Aiken County Republican Party CommitteemanDennis Saylor, Aiken County Republican Party ChairmanBauer Vaughters, Republican leaderDee Dee Vaughters, Republican leaderAllendaleRon Lanter, Allendale County Republican Party CommitteemanAndersonDan Harvell, Anderson County Republican Party ChairmanHubert McClure, Republican leaderBambergDan Luginbill, Bamberg County Republican Party ChairmanBarnwellBen Kinlaw, Former Barnwell County Republican Party ChairmanBeaufortMary Amonitti, Former President of the Republican Women of Southern Beaufort CountyBonnie Canova, activistJudy Dobrei, activistJerry Hallman, Beaufort County Republican Party ChairmanTom Hatfield, Hilton Head Island First Monday Republican Club Co-FounderLauren Martel, South Carolina Republican Party First Congressional District SecretaryTaylor Mason, University of South Carolina at Beaufort College Republicans ChairmanDoug Novak, activistBlane Raley, activistSandra Reed, activistCharlie Reed, activistJames Wedgworth, Republican leaderBerkeleyJim Davis, South Carolina Republican Party First Congressional District ChairmanTerry Hardesty, Berkeley County Republican Party CommitteemanBen Huckaby, activistLisa Shealy, activistCalhounLarry Jordan, Calhoun County Republican Party ChairmanCharlestonLin Bennett, South Carolina Republican Party First Vice Chairwoman, Charleston County Republican Party ChairwomanCindy Costa, South Carolina Republican Party National CommitteewomanBelinda Roberts, Charleston Republican Women PresidentLanneau Seigling, Charleston County Republican Party CommitteemanMark Smith, East Cooper Republican Club PresidentCherokeeScott Ramsey, Republican leaderChesterNancy C. Anderson, Chester County Republican Party ChairmanDrew Johnson, South Carolina Republican Party Fifth Congressional District ChairmanLorraine Povlick, Republican leaderSandra Stroman, Chester County Republican Party CommitteewomanChesterfieldGlenn Gulledge, Chesterfield County Republican Party CommitteemanJack Parker, Chesterfield County Republican Party ChairmanDanny Wilkerson, Republican leaderPat Wilkerson, Republican leaderClarendonMoye Graham, Clarendon County Republican Party ChairmanColletonJanis Blocker, Colleton County Republican Party ChairwomanMary Anne Cannady, Republican leaderCal Griffin, Colleton County Republican Party CommitteemanDarlingtonMatthew Blewitt, Former Pee Dee Young Republicans ChairmanLe Flowers, Darlington County Republican Party ChairmanDillonMyrna Garris, Dillon County Republican Party ChairwomanDorchesterJordan Bryngelson, Former Dorchester County Republican Party CommitteemanCarroll Duncan, Dorchester County Republican Party ChairwomanWiley Johnson, Dorchester County Republican Party CommitteemanBill Spearman, activistAaron Wagner, activistEdgefieldRodney Ashcraft, Edgefield County Republican Party ChairmanFairfieldKevin Thomas, Fairfield County Republican Party ChairmanFlorenceElijah Jones, Former South Carolina Republican Party Seventh Congressional District ChairmanSusan Minck, Republican leaderBill Pickle, Florence County Republican Party ChairmanRenee Woodberry, Republican leaderGeorgetownRandy Hollister, Republican leaderJim Jerow, Georgetown County Republican Party ChairmanJoyce Jerow, Georgetown County Republican Party CommitteewomanTed Quantz, Republican leaderJerry Rovner, South Carolina Republican Party Seventh Congressional District ChairmanGreenvilleErica Christian, South Carolina Federation of Young Republicans SecretaryAnna Cochran, Upstate Young Republicans SecretaryRoan Garcia-Quintana, Republican leaderJames Gibney, South Carolina Young Republicans State CommitteemanDan Herren, South Carolina Republican Party Treasurer, Greenville County Republican Party CommitteemanNate Leupp, Upstate Young Republicans PresidentKaaren Mann, Golden Strip Republican Women PresidentWayne Middleton, Conservative activist leaderBetty Poe, Greenville County Republican Party ChairwomanDebbie Spaugh, Greenville County Republican Women PresidentAndrew Smith, South Carolina Federation of College Republicans Vice ChairmanGreenwoodJoAnn Burroughs, Greenwood County Republican Party CommitteewomanAnne Hancock, Retired educator, President of the Republican Women of Greenwood CountyHamptonGail Burris, Hampton County Republican Party CommitteewomanSkeet Burris, Hampton County Republican Party ChairmanHorryJohnny Bellamy, Horry County Republican Party ChairwomanAdam Cates, South Carolina Federation of Young Republicans ChairmanTerry Fletcher, Horry County Republican Party CommitteemanRon Hughes, CMSGT (retired)Gerri McDaniel, Conservative activistCamille Noonan, Myrtle Beach Republican Women PresidentJasperJoseph Arzillo, Jasper County Republican Party CommitteemanJoseph Brown, Republican leaderDuane Swygert, Jasper County Republican Party ChairmanKershawKim Demer, Kershaw Republican Women PresidentSheri Few, Former Kershaw County Republican Party CommitteewomanChris Oviatt, Kershaw County Republican Party ChairmanShelby Price, Kershaw County Republican CommitteewomanLancasterDonnie Jones, Lancaster County Republican Party CommitteemanBill McGarry, Patriot Voices County CoordinatorSandy McGarry, Lancaster County Republican Party Chairwoman, Patriot Voices State ChairSal Rao, Republican leaderLaurensDianne Belsom, Laurens County Tea Party PresidentJohn Henley, Laurens County Republican Party ChairmanLaura Nowell, Presbyterian College College Republicans PresidentWendell Satterfield, Laurens County Republican Party Chairman CommitteemanLeeSam Cerezo, Lee County Republican Party CommitteemanLexingtonCraig V. Adams, Conservative Activist, Minister, and Founder of the Midland PatriotRich Bolen, Former Lexington County Republican Party ChairmanTony Denny, Former South Carolina Republican Party Executive DirectorMike Green, Republican leaderDeb Kelderman, West Metro Republican Women PresidentAllen Olson, Former Columbia Tea Party PresidentRandy Page, South Carolina Republican Party Second Congressional District ChairmanMarionEric Fry, Marion County Republican Party ChairmanMarlboroPatrick Coxe, Marlboro County Republican Party ChairmanPete Robyn, Republican leaderMcCormickVerna Clayton, McCormick County Republican Party CommitteewomanRuth Obermeyer, McCormick County Republican Party ChairwomanNewberryChad Connelly, South Carolina Republican Party ChairmanByrd Smith, Newberry County Republican Party ChairmanOconeePhil Soper, Oconee County Republican Party CommitteemanOrangeburgBill Connor, South Carolina Republican Party Sixth Congressional District ChairmanRoy Lindsey, Orangeburg County Republican Party CommitteemanJocoby Lowery, South Carolina State University College Republicans ChairmanJim Ulmer, Orangeburg County Republican Party ChairmanPickensPhillip Bowers, Pickens County Republican Party ChairmanKristin Maguire, Former Pickens County Republican Party CommitteewomanMarch Maguire, Republican leaderZack McClelland, South Carolina Federation of College Republicans TreasurerMitchell Zmarzly, South Carolina Federation of College Republicans Upstate DirectorRichlandKatie Baham, Former South Carolina Republican Party Political DirectorBob Barnwell, MAJ USA (retired), Precinct PresidentSandra Bryan, Republican leaderLuke Byars, Former South Carolina Republican Party Executive DirectorEric Davis, Richland County Republican Party ChairmanPeter Kennedy, Republican leaderSharon Kennedy, Republican leaderDeb Marks, Capital City Republican Women PresidentDrew McKissick, South Carolina Republican Party ParliamentarianLou Nolan, Richland County Republican Party CommitteemanPatrick Nolan, Republican leaderDeLinda Ridings, Executive Secretary for the Executive Committee to the South Carolina Republican PartyKatie Thompson, South Carolina Federation of College Republicans ChairmanTrey Walker, Former South Carolina Republican Party Executive DirectorEaddy Willard, Former South Carolina Republican Party SecretarySaludaJerry Strawbridge, Saluda County Republican Party ChairmanSpartanburgGlenda Brady, South Carolina Federation of Republican Women Finance Committee ChairwomanRebecca Edwards, Converse College College Republicans PresidentGaye Holt, President of Greenville-Spartanburg Republican Women and Fourth District Director of the South Carolina Federation of Republican WomenNic Lane, South Carolina Federation of Young Republicans Regional Vice ChairmanAllen Lollis, Wofford College Republicans PresidentBeverly Owensby, Palmetto House Republican Woman PresidentKathy Pflug, Republican leaderLaDonna Ryggs, Spartanburg County Republican Party ChairwomanRobert Ryggs, Former South Carolina Republican Party Fourth Congressional District ChairmanSumterShery Smith, Sumter County Republican Party ChairwomanUnionMike Fowler, Union County Republican Party ChairmanWilliamsburgIda Martin, Williamsburg County Republican Party CommitteewomanYorkDiane Carr, Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women PresidentEJ Cousar, South Carolina Republican Party Second Vice ChairmanGlenn McCall, South Carolina Republican Party National CommitteemanKevin Smith, York County Republican Party Committeeman