A quorum of the South Carolina Green Party Steering Committee met in Columbia on Sunday, June 21, 2009 and elected Eugene Platt of James Island and Scott West of Inman to the Committee. Present and voting were Gregg Jocoy of Greenville, Namu Mohamed of Columbia, and Dr. Robert Whiteman, also of Columbia. Mr. Platt and West fill two vacancies on the Committee. Both nominees spoke briefly before unanimous vote.
Eugene Platt is an elected member of the James Island Public Service District Commission. He has served on the commission for number of years before joining the Green Party. He was reelected for a four-year term in November 2008. In 2006, Mr. Platt came within 40 votes of defeating the the incumbent to SC House District 115. In 2008, he sought both the Democratic and Green nominations for the same seat, but was prevented from running as a Green by the SC Electoral Commission.
Scott West is a newspaper production worker in Spartanburg. A native of Spartanburg, past resident of Clinton and a College of Charleston graduate, Mr. West has a longstanding interest in independent politics and the history of South Carolina.
Other items on the agenda included a change in candidate nomination proceedure, a Columbia community meeting space, and the Statewide Membership Meeting. It was agreed to move forward with a proposal by Mr. Platt to alter the nomination of candidates from language of consensus to allow for a 50%+1 nomination endorsement if consensus should fail.
Mr. Mohamed spoke concerning the Columbia community activists working against gentrification in the downtown 1000 Acre Development plan. Community members collaborating on a storefront space to facilitate organizing and build community spirit.
The Statewide Membership Meeting was scheduled for August 8. The location was to be either a meeting room in the Richland County Library, or the community space, pending its completion.