In making endorsements, CVSC’s Board of Directors considers a candidate’s record, experience, leadership, viability and interest in conservation. We do not expect candidates to be experts on our current issues, so we do not ask for commitments on specific positions. We look forward to a conversation with candidates about their legislative priorities.


2016 Endorsements

To date, CVSC has endorsed 31 Republicans and 20 Democrats for state legislative offices in 2016.

Primary Contests: Of our endorsed candidates facing primary opposition, 70% won their primary.

General Contests: All of our candidates competing in general election contests won their respective races, a 100% rate for general election contests.

Combined: Combining primary and general endorsements, CVSC had a 82% success rate in the 2016 elections for State House and State Senate races.

2016 - Senate
District Endorsed Candidate Campaign Information Primary Result General Result
District 2 Senator Larry Martin (R) Website Runoff-Lost
District 4 Senator Mike Gambrell (R) Website Won Won
District 5 John B. White (R)  Website Lost
District 6 William Timmons (R) Website Runoff-Won Won
District 7 Senator Karl Allen (D) Website Won Won
District 11 Senator Glenn Reese (D) Website N/A Won
District 12 Scott Talley (R)  Website Runoff-Won Won
District 10 Senator Floyd Nicholson (D) N/A N/A Won
District 15 Senator Wes Hayes (R)  Website Lost
District 17 Mike Fanning (D) Website Runoff-Won Won
District 19 Senator John Scott (D) Website Won Won
District 20 Senator John Courson (R)  N/A N/A Won
District 21 Senator Darrell Jackson (D) N/A  Won Won
District 22 Rep. Mia McLeod (D) Website N/A Won
District 23 Senator Katrina Shealy (R)  Website Won Won
District 26 Senator Nikki Setzler (D)  Website N/A Won
District 25 Senator Shane Massey (R) Website Won Won
District 31 Senator Hugh Leatherman (R) Website Won Won  
District 34 Reese Boyd (R) Website Runoff-Lost
District 36 Senator Kevin Johnson (D) Website  N/A Won
District 37 Senator Larry Grooms (R) Website Won Won
District 42 Senator Marlon Kimpson (D) Website Won Won
2016 - House
District Endorsed Candidate Campaign Information Primary Result General Result
District 3 Representative Gary Clary (R) Website N/A Won
District 4 Representative Davey Hiott (R) Website N/A Won
District 5 Representative Neal Collins (R) Website Won Won
District 13 Representative Anne Parks (D) N/A Won Won
District 22 Jason Elliott (R) Website Won Won
District 25 Representative Leola Robinson-Simpson (D) Website N/A Won
District 38 Representative Doug Brannon (R) Website Lost
District 39 Representative Ralph Kennedy (R) Website Lost
District 39 Cal Forest (R) Website N/A Won
District 47 Representative Tommy Pope (R) Website N/A Won
District 50 Will Wheeler (D) Website Runoff-Won Won
District 54 Representative Patricia Henegan (D) Website N/A Won
District 69 Representative Rick Quinn (R) Website Won Won
District 71 Representative Nathan Ballentine (R) Website Won Won
District 79 Monica Elkins (D) Website Runoff-Lost
District 79 Ivory Thigpen (D) Website N/A Won
District 81 Chris Austin (R) Website Lost
District 85 Representative Chip Huggins (R) Website Won Won
District 88 Representative Mac Toole (R) N/A  Won Won
District 89 Micah Caskey (R) Website N/A Won
District 90 Representative Justin Bamberg (D) Website Won Won
District 96 Representative Kit Spires (R) N/A  Won Won
District 110 William Cogswell (R) Website Runoff-Won Won
District 112 Representative Mike Sottile (R) Website Won Won
District 116 Representative Robert Brown (D) Website Won Won
District 118 Representative Bill Herbkersman (R) Website  N/A Won
District 119 Representative Leon Stavrinakis (D) Website  N/A Won
District 121 Grahame Holmes (D) N/A Lost
District 124 Representative Shannon Erickson (R) Website  N/A Won

 



Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) has announced the endorsement for re-election of Hugh Weathers for Commissioner of Agriculture. CVSC also announced the endorsements of three additional House candidates for election and re-election to the state legislature. The candidates come from both major parties and represent a cross-section of South Carolinians.

June 3, 2014 | Read More >

Conservation Voters of South Carolina has announced theendorsement of eight House candidates for election and re-election to the state legislature. The candidates come from both major parties and represent a cross-section of South Carolinians.

May 15, 2014 | Read More >

Today the Board of Directors of Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) announced the endorsement of Senator Vincent Sheheen for Governor of South Carolina.

Jay James, CVSC’s Chairman of the Board said, “You do not have to speak to Vincent for very long to know that his commitment and passion for conservation is from the heart. I am certain he will make our natural resources a priority as governor.”

“We have an obligation to all South Carolinians to inform them of candidates’ records during election season. That responsibility is especially critical when it comes to the gubernatorial race, our most important statewide office,” said Ann Timberlake, CVSC’s Executive Director. “In the governor’s race, the choice could not be clearer—for Senator Sheheen conservation is an important part of his public life and his record reflects that. On the other hand, Governor Nikki Haley has barely given conservation a minute of her attention while in office.”

February 18, 2014 | Read More >