Jaime Harrison Announces Run for Democratic National Committee Chair

For Immediate Release November 14, 2016


COLUMBIA, SC—Jaime Harrison, Chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, has announced that he will run for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Harrison made the announcement tonight on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

“Donald Trump tapped into a feeling held my millions of Americans that they haven’t mattered to those elected to serve them,” said Harrison. “Tragically, the incoming Republican government won’t do anything to improve their lives, and Democrats must work tirelessly to limit the damage wrought, to ensure that complete Republican control lasts only 2 years, and to elect a Democratic president in 2020. But in order for us to be successful, all voters must know that they matter to us.

“With an unwavering focus on this vital goal, I am running to serve as Chair of the Democratic National Committee.”

Harrison, the son of a single mother, grew up in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and became the first in his family to graduate from both college and law school. He served on the staff of Congressman James E. Clyburn, helping him count votes when he was House Majority Whip.

“Moving toward 2018 and 2020 united as Democrats, we must reach out to every state, every community, and every voter,” Harrison emphasized. “Our values are American values, and our policy agenda will improve the lives of all Americans. Never again can we cast aside a voter as one Democrats don’t need. Because all voters need Democrats.”

As Chair, Harrison plans to invest in state parties and build the bench of Democratic candidates. In South Carolina, he pioneered the Clyburn Fellowship, which brings together dynamic young leaders from throughout the state to participate in a rigorous nine-month training program to prepare them to run for office, manage campaigns, and lead local parties. Harrison is committed to expanding similar programs nationwide to groom candidates who can speak to the concerns of their constituents and win where others have lost.”

“None of this will be easy,” Harrison predicted. “To lead our party to victory in 2018 and 2020, the DNC must have a Chair who will devote 100% of his or her time and energy to the task. Fighting Donald Trump’s Republican Party cannot be done on a part-time basis. I pledge to give my undivided attention to this enormous job.”

More information on Jaime and his priorities as Chair can be found at http://www.jaimefordncchair.com.


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