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I am a native of the great state of South Carolina and a life-long resident of York County, with a brief time in Charlotte as a student. I have a background in real estate sales and I have achieved several awards, including not only the Welcome Home Gold recipient for sales and management, but also the President’s Club 10 Million Dollar Producer Award. 

Since 2020, I have been an officer of the York County Republican Women, first as 2nd Vice President and now as 1st Vice President. In these roles, I have been blessed to support our state leaders, to work with other volunteers in multiple roles, and to support the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women at conventions and state functions.

Denise Mackey elected Treasurer

The Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Denise Mackey has been elected to serve as Treasurer for the York County Republicans. Her decades of experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow our organization and work to elect Republicans up and down the ballot. With the leadership team now at full force, we are ready to take the fight to the Democrats.

We also want to extend our sincerest thanks to Dennis Getter for his willingness to serve. His years of dedication and service to York County Republicans have been critical to our success and we look forward to continuing that work together.


Alec Thomas appointed Communications Director

Alec Thomas has a decade of experience in communications that spans political campaigns, trade associations and public affairs firms. He has served in various roles on the campaigns of Former Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Ed Gillespie, and Pete Snyder, as well as managing several local and state legislative campaigns.

Alec has served as Communications Director for U.S. Congressman David B. McKinley and previously worked for the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, where he helped execute issue advocacy and grassroots campaigns.

He currently is the Vice President, Client Relations and Communications for 720 Strategies, a fully integrated public relations firm based in Washington, D.C. Prior to working in politics, Alec served three years in the Virginia Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer. He is a graduate of Liberty University, where he earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice and his M.A. in Public Policy. He is currently pursuing his MBA from Clemson University. 

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Thomas Hyslip appointed Digital Director

Thomas Hyslip is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Criminology Department at the University of South Florida. He received his Doctor of Science degree in Information Assurance from Capitol College in 2014. His research focuses on cybercrime and cybersecurity, including computer hacking, malware, and DDoS attacks. 

Prior to becoming a faculty member at USF, Tom served as a federal law enforcement officer for over 23 years specializing in cybercrime investigations and digital forensics. His final law enforcement position was the Resident Agent in Charge of the Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Cyber Resident Agency. He was previously a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service and retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve.  Tom was recently elected to the Tega Cay City Council in November 2021.

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March Meeting

Gary Simrill, Majority Leader of the SC House of Representatives was the guest speaker at our March Meeting.

Representative Simrill was presented the lifetime achievement award and lifetime membership by Chairman Ignatowicz

Social Media and Communications

Gong forward we will communicate online primarily via the Website, Facebook, Email and this Newsletter. The Twitter and Instagram accounts have been disabled. As additional social media platforms come online we will look to establish a presence there as well.

We have also added a Newsroom page to the Website. Here you can read the newsletters and updates from York County Republican Politicians including Congressman Ralph Norman, State Senator Michael Johnson, Speaker Pro Tem Tommy Pope, State Representative Randy Ligon, and County Councilman Tom Audette. 

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Campaign Training Workshop

May 14, 9am-4pm


1840 Coltharp Rd.

Fort Mill, SC 29708 

The Campaign Training Workshop helps conservative leaders and activists identify the steps necessary to run a successful campaign. The workshop focuses on how to develop a unique, specific campaign strategy and message for a current or future campaign that is persuasive

to voters.

Ideal attendees include current or future candidates, campaign management, and campaign staff (including volunteers).

You will learn:

• Campaign Strategy and Messaging

• Campaign Planning

• Fundraising

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April 28th Monthly Meeting

York County Republican Candidates running for election this year will be speaking at the meeting.

Hampton Inn

1520 Carolina Place Drive

Fort Mill, SC

April 28, 2022

7:00 PM

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Join the York County Republicans for a night of shaken, not stirred action. Buy your tickets to the Casino Royale fundraiser today and help us fight the liberal agenda.

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Thank you,

Ben Ignatowicz


York County GOP