BY PHIL NOBLE, SCND PRESIDENT
Since the first of the year, we here at the SC New Democrats have begun to receive a small but growing volume of calls and emails asking whether I intend to run for Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party again this May. And the short answer to that question is no.
The slightly longer answer is that, several months ago I made a commitment to serve with College of Charleston President George Benson as the co-founder and co-director of Envision South Carolina, an eight-week multimedia project that one participant recently called “a celebration of all that’s best in South Carolina today, and an invitation to our brightest possible future.”
This is an exciting project that we all hope will stimulate a broad public dialogue about the future of our state, and I believe it would be inappropriate for me to run for Chair during this time.
That said, the SC New Democrats will, of course, continue to stand up for the values and principles of the Democratic Party at its best — equal opportunity for all; a government of, by and for the people and not the special interests; and the kind of big, bold policy initiatives that improve the real lives of real people all across our state.
These are the ideals that unite us as Democrats. And I continue to believe that, thanks to the hard work and dedication of people like you, we will soon be able to say on a winning Election Night that they are the ideals that unite us as South Carolinians as well.
Phil Noble is a businessman in Charleston and President of the South Carolina New Democrats, an independent reform group started by former Gov. Richard Riley to bring big change and real reform to politics and government.