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Chairman Chad Connelly Announces SCGOP Staff

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Columbia, SC – SCGOP Chairman Chad Connelly today announced staff appointments including Danielle McAdaragh as Finance Director, Sharon Thomson as Comptroller, David Smith as Deputy Political Director for Operations, Alex Stroman as Deputy Political Director for Outreach, and Hope Walker as Finance Assistant. Matt Moore was yesterday announced as SCGOP Executive Director.

“I’m proud to announce the addition of these talented individuals to our SCGOP team. We have a lean, energetic staff that is working hard to build on our historic victories and solidify our Republican majorities,” said Connelly. “Each of them brings great experience and I look forward to working with them as we continue grow the South Carolina Republican Party.”

Danielle McAdaragh – Finance Director

Danielle is responsible for raising funds for the South Carolina Republican Party by uniting new and past donors behind our conservative message. She began her political career at the North Carolina Republican Party and later served the North Carolina Senate Republican Leader. In 2008, Danielle served as the Statewide Voter Registration Director for Victory in North Carolina.  

She has served as a political advisor on conservative ballot initiatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and state house races and special elections in Pennsylvania, Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. Always a fan of challenger candidates, Danielle spent 2010 helping to topple Democrat Budget Chairman John Spratt as the Deputy Campaign Manager and Finance Director for Mick Mulvaney’s successful campaign for South Carolina’s 5th District Congressional seat.  

Most recently, Danielle served in Congressman Mick Mulvaney’s Washington, D.C. office. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Political Science and hails from Cary, North Carolina.

Sharon Thomson – Comptroller

Sharon graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. She has over 20 years experience in the accounting field, primarily in mortgage banking and the construction industry. She currently owns her own firm, providing accounting services to a number of small businesses. She is a notary with the State of South Carolina and a member of the National Association of Women in Construction. Sharon previously served as Comptroller for Chairman Karen Floyd.

David Smith – Deputy Political Director for Operations

David, a native of Orangeburg, is a 2005 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. After graduation, David worked for a law firm before joining Governor Mark Sanford’s staff, where he served as a legislative correspondent. Most recently, he was a program coordinator in the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity. David is a member of Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia.

Alex Stroman – Deputy Political Director for Outreach

Alex Stroman, a native of Chester, is a 2011 Political Science graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he served as Student Body Vice President. He has been active in the South Carolina Republican Party for many years, including serving as Chairman of both the South Carolina Teenage Republicans and the University of South Carolina College Republicans. In addition to working at two new media firms, Alex served as a legislative aide to Rep. Greg Delleney from 2008 until 2011. He most recently served as a campaign aide to State Treasurer Curtis Loftis in his successful 2010 race and managed a winning school board campaign later that year. Alex attends Columbia’s First Baptist Church.

Hope Walker – Finance Assistant

Hope is from Irmo and is a 2011 graduate of Newberry College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a double minor in History and Spanish where she was active as Student Body President. Hope has experience in various areas of the South Carolina Republican Party, ranging from campaigning and fundraising to event planning and constituent service. She has served on multiple boards within the SCGOP and is knowledgeable and engaged in party politics. Hope is passionate about spreading the conservative message and recruiting new Republicans.

Matt Moore – Executive Director

Matt manages SCGOP operations, budget, and political strategy. A veteran of over 50 winning Republican campaigns, Matt previously served as the Executive Director of a statewide political action committee, as Deputy Political Director at the national Republican Governors Association (RGA), and as a Deputy Director at the Georgia Republican Party. Matt has also served as an aide to two Republican governors and has advised three winning gubernatorial campaigns on technology and grassroots mobilization. His private sector experience includes systems engineering projects at The Home Depot, Nortel Networks, and ALCOA.

Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (with honors) and a minor in Law from Georgia Tech and will soon complete his Master of Arts in Economics at the University of South Carolina. He is a member of Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia.