(Columbia, SC) – Today the South Carolina Democratic Party announced the members of the National Delegate Selection Plan’s Affirmative Action Committee for the 2020 presidential election cycle. The committee, required by the Rules and By-laws Committee of the Democratic National Committee, will ensure that the South Carolina delegation is diverse and inclusive.
The Committee is comprised of 13 South Carolinians who represent the membership of the South Carolina Democratic Caucuses. This committee also includes two County Party Chairs including our state’s first Hispanic County Party Chair, Mayra Rivera-Vazquez of Beaufort County.
The Affirmative Action Committee duties include: assisting in developing a delegate selection process that will be inclusive, and to make sure the South Carolina Democratic Party communicates as to how an individual becomes a delegate in communities of color, in the LGBTQ Community, to persons with disabilities, and young people. They will be responsible for outreach to these communities, and to ensure that every South Carolinian is included in the process.
We are excited to have Johnnie Cordero serve as the Chairman of this committee. Chairman Cordero has made it his life’s work to fight for the inclusion and representation of communities of color. We are honored to have Evelyn Lugo, who founded the SC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to serve as Vice Chair. Finally, we are appreciative to have Ann Willbrand, President of the LGBTQ Caucus to serve as Vice Chair as well. Ann has been part of previous Delegate Selection processes and brings that experience to her service on this committee.
Below is a full list of members:
|Role||By way of||Name||County|
|Chair||Chairman of Black Caucus||Johnnie Cordero||Richland|
|Vice Chair||LGBTQ Caucus||Ann Willbrand||Aiken|
|Vice Chair||Hispanic Caucus||Evelyn Lugo||Horry|
|Member||Rural Caucus||Tangee Jacobs||Fairfield|
|Member||Black Women Caucus||Christale Spain||Richland|
|Member||Hispanic Caucus||Elias Valentin II||Spartanburg|
|Member||Volunteered to Serve||Beverly Frierson||Richland|
|Member||Volunteered to Serve||Delaine Frierson||Richland|
|Member||Single Parent Caucus||Bridget Deline||Richland|
|Member||Senior Citizens Caucus & County Party Chair||Ann Stevens-Brown||Union|
|Member||County Party Chair – 1st Hispanic County Chair||Mayra Rivera-Vazquez||Beaufort|
|Member||Business Caucus||Carlton Dallas||Beaufort|
|Member||Veterans Caucus||William Lawrence||Aiken|
|Member||Disabilities Caucus||Peggy Butler||Lexington|
|Ex Officio||1st Vice Chair of SCDP||Lessie Price||Aiken|
|Ex Officio||2nd Vice Chair of SCDP||Anthony Thompson||Lexington|
|Ex Officio||3rd Vice Chair of SCDP||Scott Thorpe||Richland|