Thursday, May 9, 2013
Richard Hayes, chair of the Dorchester County Democratic Party, received the state party’s “Chairman’s Award” at its convention in Columbia on May 4.
“(Hayes) provided leadership and outstanding service to the Democratic Party,” Dick Harpootlian, outgoing chairman of the state party, said about the recipient of his award.
The Chairman’s Award is bestowed every two years to whom the South Carolina Democratic Party chair finds provided the most effective work and dedication.
“It was an honor,” says Hayes, but he finds it to more accurately reflect the county party instead of himself alone. “Although it has my name on it, this award really recognizes the entire DCDP team and their outstanding effort to provide support to the people of Dorchester County.
“I applaud all leaders and members of the county party. This award shows that the entire state recognizes our efforts, and confirms that we are the best and most active county party in the state!"
An honor graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Hayes served 18 years in USAF before retiring as colonel in 2001.
Today he’s Director of Contracts with North Charleston’s Atlas Technologies.
Hayes was first elected DCDP chair in 2010, and was re-elected without contest in 2012.