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Jeb Bush names S.C. leadership team

Jeb Bush’s South Carolina leadership team includes top state GOP business leaders, a former state agency boss, a former congressman, a retired admiral and the widow of one of the state’s most famous political figures.

The former Florida governor formally announced his bid Monday for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He visits Charleston for a town hall on Thursday.

“It’s an honor to receive such a strong show of support from some of South Carolina's finest leaders who’ve dedicated their lives to creating opportunities for South Carolinians to achieve earned success" Bush said in a statement.

The leadership group includes longtime Bush family supporters, including former S.C. GOP Party chairman Barry Wynn, who was a co-finance chairman for the presidential campaigns of Jeb Bush’s brother and father.

But the team also includes newcomers.

“Jeb is a statesman who actually produces results,” said Catherine Templeton, who has run two South Carolina state agencies. “He has cut taxes, created jobs, and reformed government. There are very few leaders in our country right now that have the experience, vision, and courage of Jeb Bush. His strength will bring opportunity to everyone.”

Bush continues to hold a small lead over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in South Carolina polls, according to data compiled by Real Clear Politics.

The Bush leadership team in South Carolina features:

▪  Sally Atwater, educator and widow of famed S.C. political consultant Lee Atwater, who managed the presidential campaign for Bush’s father.

▪  Leighton Cubbage, co-founder of Serrus Capital Partners

▪  Frank Gibson, owner of Low Country Long Term Care Planning

▪  Tommy Hartnett, former congressman and president of Hartnett Realty

▪  S.C. Rep. Samuel Rivers, R-Berkeley, pastor of The Voice of the Lord International Ministries

▪  Rev. Windell Rodgers, pastor of the Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church

▪  Retired Rear Admiral Bill Schachte

▪  Catherine Templeton, former head of two state agencies and president of Brawley Templeton

▪  Barry Wynn, past South Carolina GOP Party chairman and president of Colonial Trust Co.