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.

2018 Governor's Race
Endorsed Candidate Campaign Information Primary Result General Result
Rep. James Smith Won
2018 - SC House of Representatives
District Endorsed Candidate Campaign Information Primary Result General Result
District 21 Bobby Cox (R) Won
District 25 Rep. Leola Robinson-Simpson (D) Won
District 32 Max Hyde (R) Won
District 41 Rep. MaryGail Douglas (D) Lost
District 43 Randy Ligon (R) Won
District 52 Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk (D) N/A
District 67 Rep. Murrell Smith (R) N/A
District 71 Rep. Nathan Ballentine (R) Won
District 84 Rep. Ronnie Young (R) N/A
District 89 Rep. Micah Caskey (R) Won
District 93 Rep. Russell Ott (D) N/A
District 94 Con Chellis (R) Won
District 98 Rep. Chris Murhpy (R) Won
District 101 Rep. Cezar McKnight (D) Won
District 110 Rep. William Cogswell (R) Runoff
District 112 Rep. Mike Sottile (R) Won
District 115 Rep. Peter McCoy (R) N/A
District 116 Rep. Robert Brown (D) N/A
District 117 Jordan Scott Pace (R) Lost
District 119 Rep. Leon Stavrinakis (D) N/A
District 120 Rep. Weston Newton (R) N/A


It’s that time again – the time when campaign signs start popping up, when political ads flood the TV and radio airwaves, when candidate mailers appear in your mailbox on a daily basis. It’s ELECTION TIME! The primary elections are just 18 days away on Tuesday, June 12. And for many of you, the primary may be the only chance you have to cast your vote for your State House Representative. Turnout in primary elections is extremely […]

May 30, 2018 | Read More >

“Conservation Leadership Sets James Smith Apart” COLUMBIA, SC – The Board of Directors of Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) announced today its endorsement of Representative James Smith for Governor of South Carolina in the 2018 election. “South Carolina needs a governor who knows how to work across party lines to make conservation a priority. James Smith is that leader and should be our next governor,” said Jennie Williamson Pezé, CVSC’s Chair of the Board. […]

April 19, 2018 | Read More >

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) on Thursday announced they were officially endorsing Michael Weaver for State House District 69. CVSC chose to endorse Weaver because of his commitment to keeping our rivers and lakes clean for drinking, swimming, and fishing as well as his strong belief that conservation and business go hand-in-hand. “We’re backing Michael because he understands the needs of District 69 and will be a strong voice for clean air and […]

February 15, 2018 | Read More >

CVSC Backs “A Strong Voice for Conservation” COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) on Thursday announced they were officially endorsing Ashley Trantham for State House District 28. CVSC chose to endorse Trantham because of her support for South Carolina’s agricultural economy and recognition that conservation and business go hand-in-hand. “We’re backing Ashley because she understands the needs of District 28 and will be a strong voice for conservation,” said CVSC Executive […]

November 9, 2017 | Read More >

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 >

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 >

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