Voters Guide: SC Democrats at a glance

June 7, 2014 

Donald Russell

President, USC, 1952-57; S.C. governor, 1963-65; U.S. senator, 1965-66

Fred Sheheen

The father of the Democratic nominee for governor was an aide to S.C. Gov. Donald Russell, a onetime University of South Carolina president and protégé of former U.S. Secretary of State Jimmy Byrnes, in the 1960s. Later, Fred Sheheen was a member of the State Commission on Higher Education, including a decade as its commissioner.

Bob Sheheen

The uncle of the Democratic candidate for governor was speaker of the S.C. House from 1986 to 1994.

Jim Hodges

Governor of South Carolina from 1999 to 2003. (Hodges’ Commerce secretary was Republican Charlie Way, head of the Beach Co., an investor in Kiawah Island, where GOP candidate for lieutenant governor Pat McKinney made his fortune.) Previously, Hodges was a member of the S.C. House, including serving as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee from 1992 to 1994 and as House Democratic majority leader from 1995 until 1997, two key leaderships under Speaker Sheheen

Candidate for governor

Vincent Sheheen

A member of the S.C. House from 2000 to 2004 and the state Senate since then. Sheheen narrowly lost the 2010 governor’s race to Republican Nikki Haley. Sheheen is unopposed in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary.

Cleveland Sellers Jr.

The father of Bakari, a civil rights activist, was arrested after the Orangeburg Massacre, imprisoned and subsequently pardoned. Sellers, a director of the African American studies at the University of South Carolina, was named president of Voorhees College in Denmark in 2008.

Candidate for lieutenant governor

Bakari Sellers

Elected to the S.C. House in 2006 at 22. If elected, Sellers would be South Carolina’s first African-American lieutenant governor since Reconstruction. Sellers is unopposed in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary.

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