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Horry Democrats to Host First Declared Democratic Candidate for 2020 Presidential Election!

The SHORE Dinner Committee of the Horry County Democratic Party is pleased to announce that Congressman John K. Delaney of Maryland’s sixth district will be the keynote speaker for this year’s event.

On July 28 of this year, Mr. Delaney announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2020, making him the first major Democrat to join the race. He and his wife, April McClain-Delaney, live in Potomac, Maryland, and have four daughters.

Before winning his congressional seat in the 2012 election, Delaney had a long and successful career in business. He founded two financial service companies that specialized in supporting small businesses and the health-service industry. He has received a number of awards for his work in business, including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Bank Enterprise Award from the Obama administration. When he entered Congress in 2013, he became the only CEO of a publically-traded company serving in the House.

During his congressional career, Mr. Delaney has been praised as one of the most bipartisan representatives in the House and has worked diligently to create new ideas to solve real-world problems. He has crafted innovative legislation that uses revenues from international tax reform to rebuild America’s infrastructure. He has also authored bills to create a carbon tax, establish access to pre-K for children nationwide, end gerrymandering, and protect veterans’ credit scores.


Tickets for the SHORE dinner gala (which will include a Silent Auction, and, for the first time, dancing!) are $75 per person and may be purchased via mail by sending a check made out to HCDP to P.O. Box 51522, Myrtle Beach SC 29579 or online by visiting

($3 service charge per ticket added to all online orders)


Since 2014, the HCDP has used the SHORE acronym for its annual gala fundraiser to honor the following important individuals and families:

S is for Helen P. Sasser, 1935-2014. Mrs. Sasser was a lifelong Democrat who remained loyal to the Party despite “white flight” to the Republican Party. Twice a candidate for the South Carolina House of Representatives, Mrs. Sasser carried on her family legacy of social justice and integration throughout her long life of political activism.

H is for Rupert Hickman, history teacher to generations of Horry County students for over 40 years. Hickman has voted in every single election since age 18. A staunch Democrat, he has served loyally in many Party roles on the state and county level.

O is for Barack Obama, our nation’s first African-American president, who sealed his historic campaign with his primary win in South Carolina – “Fired Up, Ready to Go!” – whose vision of Hope and Change continues to resonate with Democrats across the nation.

R is for the Robinson family, Michelle Obama’s ancestors from neighboring Georgetown County, with whom many Horry County Democrats share Gullah-Geechee roots.

E is for Senator Dick Elliott, 1935-2014, the longest serving Democratic State Senator in South Carolina, who represented Horry County for over 30 years as a skilled statesman who understood the value of compromise to advance the people’s interests.

The SHORE Dinner has now become a popular annual event with a history of excellent speakers. The keynote speaker in 2014 was Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg), and in 2015, attendees were treated to a rousing address by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO-5th). In 2016, SC State Representative Mandy Powers-Norell (D-44th District) gave the keynote.

Questions?  Contact Nancy Anderson via email at votedems@sccoast.net or call 843-340-1595.

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