Huntsman Names Finance Team for State

Experienced team members have worked for Bush, McCain and Sanford, among others

The campaign of Jon Huntsman announced on Thursday the initial membership of his South Carolina finance team.

The team is a veritable who’s who of conservative fundraisers from across the state. The team will be led by Honorary Chair Bill Stern of Columbia, who is president and CEO of Stern and Stern Commercial Development. He previously served on committees helping to elect Rep. Lindsey Graham, Gov. Mark Sanford and Sen. John McCain.

From the Upstate is Matt Devine of Greenville, President of DHM Adhesives; John B. White Jr., of Spartanburg, a member of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C.; Vivian Wong, of Greenville, chairwoman of Pacific Gateway Capital and co-founder of the Global Trading Consortium.

From the Midlands is Gayle Averyt of Columbia, the retired CEO of Colonial Life Insurance; John S. Rainey of Camden, chairman of Easlan Capital who has served on multiple election committees over the past decadd; and John Sowards, Chairman of Nexsen Pruet.

*From the Low Country are Bob and Tracey Doran of Charleston. Bob is a real estate developer and Tracey heads the Humanities Foundation in Mount Pleasant; Hank Holliday, of Charleston, owner and operator of multiple businesses including Hank’s Seafood; and billionaire and philanthropist Anita Zucker, CEO of InterTech Group and past president of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

"I am humbled to have the support of such a fine group of business and community leaders," said Huntsman said in a statement. "Working together, we will spread our message and vision to voters in South Carolina and across the nation."

Huntsman's South Carolina co-chair Mike Campbell concurred. “We’re delighted to get so many A-listers,” he said. “In the coming weeks and months, I think you’ll see more notables get on board.”

Thus far, Huntsman’s campaign has been overshadowed by Rick Perry’s and Michele Bachmann’s in South Carolina. A nationwide poll released yesterday showed him well back in the field.

* - A correction was made to this story thant can be found .


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