Three delegates to the Democratic National Convention were elected from Beaufort County at the South Carolina Democratic Convention earlier this year. The national convention will be held in Charlotte, N.C., next week. Many area Democrats are volunteering at the convention and buses are taking others up for the acceptance speech on Thursday, September 6. The elected delegates are:
• John Giles is a native South Carolinian from Greenwood. He and his partner and reside in Hilton
Head. A dedicated supporter of Democratic candidates and causes, he has made calls for Democratic campaigns, canvassed local neighborhoods to encourage voter registration, and helped transport voters to the polls on election days. He has registered literally hundreds of voters by simply carrying the registration forms with him and asking every person he meets whether they are registered. He is currently an officer in the Democratic Club of Beaufort County South of the Broad.
• Blaine Lotz is a retired USAF intelligence officer (colonel with 26 years) and a retired senior career civilian (13 years) in the Defense Department. Blaine and his wife, Lynne, live on Hilton Head Island where Blaine is president of the World Affairs Council, a volunteer with Deep Well (serving
the needy), a session member of First Presbyterian Church, president of the Hilton Head Area Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and president of the Military Veterans Council, chair of the Beaufort County Democratic Party, and a former president of the South of the Broad Democratic Club. Blaine was a candidate for the Democratic
nomination for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District in 2008.
• Rob Miller is a United States Marine Corps combat veteran with more than 13 years of active duty service. Rob lives in Beaufort with his wife and son. Rob enlisted as an infantry Marine and rose to the rank of sergeant before being selected for an officer commissioning program. As a Marine Corps infantry officer, Rob twice served in Iraq. In 2008 and 2010, Rob ran for Congress in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina.