Battling for African-American support, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders announced his South Carolina leadership team Saturday which includes three Democratic African-American state legislators.
State Reps. Terry Alexander of Florence, Wendell Gilliard of Charleston and Robert Williams of Darlington are among more than 25 committee members backing the U.S. senator from Vermont’s bid for the Democratic nomination.
“Sen. Sanders has the feel, the attitude of the common person, folks who are struggling day-by-day who are working everyday and still cannot pay their bills, ... do not have health insurance ... and cannot support their families,” Alexander said, introducing Sanders who met briefly with media Saturday afternoon.
Sanders is “the strongest candidate here for African Americans and he will bring about change,” Alexander added.
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Democratic voters will play a big role in the state’s Feb. 27 presidential primary because they make up more than half of the party’s electorate.
Other members of Sanders’ state committee are elected officials from around the state and Democratic Party and Black Lives Matter activists, according to the campaign. They include:
Allen Bailey, Sumter County Democratic Party chairman
Eugene Baten, Sumter County councilman
Earl Coleman, McCormick County councilman
Donna Dewitt, former president of the S.C. AFL-CIO
Thomas Dixon, president of the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment
Annejanet Harp, S.C. Democratic Party Faith co-chairwoman
Teresa Harper, Aiken Democratic Party first vice chairwoman
William Lawrence, S.C. Democratic Party veterans chairman
James McCain, Sumter County councilman
Lucinda Nesmith, Florence County Party chairwoman
Naomi Sanders, former Sumter County Council chairwoman
Wanda Stringfellow, former Chester mayor
Timothy Taylor, Atlantic Beach police chief
Tom Turnipseed, former state senator
Stephen Wukela, Florence mayor