New chairman has high hopes for Democrats

Thirty-year-old Billy Webster IV says the long range future of the Greenville County Democratic Party is more promising than ever. “I think the turnout at our county convention showed that,” said Webster, who was elected without opposition as the party’s new chairman.

Webster, president of Carabo, which owns Bojangles restaurants in South Carolina, has always taken an interest in politics, but this is his first time as a party leader.

Webster said the main challenge for him as a chairman is to attract younger people into the party.

He said the fact that more than half of those present Monday night had never been to a county convention showed Democrats are getting their message across.

“We represent whites, blacks, men, women, blue-collar and some white-collar voters,” Webster said. “In the future we also want to build our base to include more white-collar workers.”