SC governor candidates courting small businesses

ashain@thestate.comSeptember 11, 2013 

S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (left) and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley

— The expected 2014 S.C. gubernaotial candidates are courting small businesses.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley’s reelection campaign unveiled a nearly 50-member small-business coalition.

“Economic development is thriving under Gov. Haley, she’s the best thing small business has ever seen in South Carolina, and we can’t afford to go backward,” Ted McGee, president of McGee Real Estate in West Columbia, said in a statement.

Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen starts a three-week “Small Business Listening Tour” in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday. Stops include York, Charleston, Greenville, Columbia and Spartanburg.

“As a small business owner and an attorney, I have helped scores of businesses succeed,” Sheheen said in a statement.

Haley is expected to face Sheheen in a rematch of their 2010 race. Haley, then a state representative from Lexington County, won by 4.5 percentage points.

The Haley campaign said its small-business coalition includes:

• C. Dan Adams, co-founder/president/CEO of Capital Corporation, Greenville

• Tommy Alexander, president, ACO Distribution, Orangeburg

• Steve Bailey, CEO, Merus Refreshment Services, Greenville

• Walter Carr, owner, Carr Properties, Charleston

• Cary Chastain, owner, Moe's Southwest Grill franchise, Charleston

• Ernie Csiszar, senior advisor, Bridge Strategy Group's Insurance, Columbia

• Leighton Cubbage, co-founder of Serrus Capital partners, Greenville

• Jim Dyke, president, JDA Frontline, Charleston

• John Easterling, president, Pulliam Investment, Greenville

• Lee Edwards, president, The Greenery, Hilton Head Island

• Dave Ellison, wealth management advisor, Northwestern Mutual, Columbia

• Mike Elsey, owner, Clearwater Company, Columbia

• Brad Evans, owner, Harris Funeral Home, Abbeville

• Larry Fischer, president, Tramrail Material Handling, Greenville

• Thomas Freeland, owner, Overhead Door, Greenville

• Don and Myra Gilbert, owners, Wendy's franchise, Columbia

• Ben Gramling, president, Gramling Brothers, Charleston

• Dan Gutting, president, Atsko, Orangeburg

• Bill Hall, owner, Hall’s Chophouse, Charleston

• Jim Hudson, owner, Hudson Automotive, Columbia

• Mike Hutchins, owner, Frank's Car Wash, Lexington

• Mikee Johnson, president/CEO, Cox Industries, Orangeburg

• Tim Justice, owner/CEO, Rescom Construction, Greenville

• Jim and Linda McClain, owners, Healthy Angus Beef, Orangeburg

• Ted McGee, president, McGee Real Estate, Lexington

• Boyd McLeod, president, Calhoun Oil Co., Orangeburg

• Sean McLernon, CEO, Stealth Concealment Solutions, Charleston

• Ed McMullen, president, McMullen Public Affairs, Columbia

• Kevin Meetze, owner, Meetze Plumbing, Columbia

• Marion Moore, president, Century 21, Orangeburg

• Stephen Mudge, president/CEO, Serrus Capital partners, Inc., Greenville

• Dirk Pieper, president and CEO, Sage Automotive Interiors, Greenville

• Jim and Karen Pratt, partners, KP Marketing, Orangeburg

• Fred Price, owner, Ace Glass Company, Columbia

• Norman Pulliam, former president of Pulliam Investment, Greenville

• Tom Raub, president/owner, Easton Industries, Myrtle Beach

• Marshall Reu, owner, Archadeck franchise, Columbia

• Caroline Rhodes, owner, The Charleston Angler, Charleston

• Dewayne Saunders, chief instructor, DES Training, Inc., Rock Hill

• Roy Shelton, owner, Garden House Bed & Breakfast, Greenville

• Benji Smith, president, Flagship Properties, Greenville

• Charles Tyler, president, Tyler Construction, Columbia

• John Uprichard, president, FGP International, Greenville

• Chad Walldorf, co-founder, Sticky Fingers, Charleston

• Will Workman, president, Valentines Cotton Gin, Orangeburg

• Eddie Wright, CEO, Sound and Images, Lexington

• Brian Young, senior vice president/managing Broker, Thalhimer, Greenville

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