National campaign veteran Scott Hogan to manage Smith/Norrell campaign

Scott Hogan, a veteran of statewide and national campaigns across the country, is the new campaign manager for James Smith and Mandy Powers Norrell, the Democratic nominees for governor and lieutenant governor of South Carolina.

Hogan was most recently campaign manager for Jenny Wilson, a Salt Lake City councilwoman running for the U.S. Senate in Utah. Earlier, he played roles in the campaigns for Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016, and has helped candidates in California, Minnesota and Nevada.

“Scott has the skills, experience and drive to take our campaign to victory in this race,” said Rep. Smith. “We have a strong staff that is deeply rooted in South Carolina, and Scott brings the ability to forge it all into a winning combination.”

“I’m thrilled to have Scott at the helm as we deliver our message of building a better future for all South Carolinians,” said Rep. Norrell.

Hogan is one of several staff additions made by Reps. Smith and Norrell as their campaign shifts from its landslide victory in the Democratic primary to the general election in November.
Also joining the campaign are:

  • J.C. Glick, state veterans coordinator: Retired Lt. Col. Glick is a former U.S. Army Ranger who served 11 combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, for which he received three Bronze Stars.
  • Virginia Leaman Crocker, scheduling director. “Ginger” Crocker is a former member of the S.C. House with vast experience in South Carolina government and political campaigns.
  • Patrick Elswick, Upstate veterans coordinator. A Marine veteran of the Iraq war, Elswick has helped lead “When Life Sucks,” an organization that raises awareness and funds to help veterans with PTSD.
  • Ashleigh Lancaster, events coordinator. The Spartanburg County native joins the campaign from the non-profit One Columbia for Arts & History, where she was the office manager.

Those five join the following staffers:

  • Dwane Sims, operations director. The Marine veteran, who served two tours in Afghanistan and just got out of the Corps May 31, keeps the campaign headquarters running.
  • Ashley Medbery Floyd, finance director. Previously finance director of the S.C. Democratic Party, she worked on Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008 and Sen. Vincent Sheheen’s gubernatorial campaign in 2010.
  • Kendall Corley, political director. Corley worked in the campaigns of both Obama and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. Specializing in African-American voter outreach, he recently helped Sen. Doug Jones get elected in Alabama.
  • Scott Harriford, deputy political director. Scott was the very first campaign staffer hired, in mid-2017. The Columbia native and University of South Carolina graduate accompanies Smith everywhere, and works on his events and scheduling.
  • Fannie Lott, volunteer management. Originally from Mississippi, she has lived in the Columbia area for 30 years. She is a special education teacher. She joined the campaign Oct. 17.
  • Brad Warthen, communications director. Warthen is the former longtime editorial page editor at The State newspaper. A Bennettsville native, he first joined The State as governmental affairs editor in 1987.
  • Noah Barker, social media coordinator. Noah, of Lugoff, S.C., is the youngest member of the staff. He was recently elected governor of the American Legion’s Palmetto Boys State.

Brad Warthen, communications director