Board of Directors “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”- Thomas Paine Before we can ever hope to reclaim the Federal government, we must reclaim our state. For years South Carolina has been dominated and controlled by corrupt politicians, lobbyists, and special interest groups. It’s time for that to change. Palmetto Liberty PAC was founded by a group of citizens who have refused to sit back and accept the status quo – to play the game on the establishment’s rules. Our goals are twofold: To train and support candidates for the State House and State Senate that are recruited by local activists. To educate, inform, and equip the grassroots to get involved in state government. The candidates we support must demonstrate their ability to stand up to support constitutionally-limited government, fiscal responsibility, and an uncompromising willingness to defend your right to life, liberty, and property. We are working to make South Carolina the most free state in the nation. Will you join us? [button link=”http://palmettoliberty.com/donate” size=”large” bg_color=”#241609″ border=”#000000″]Partner with us[/button] Board of Directors Talbert Black, founder Talbert Black Jr is a South Carolina native whose family has been in the state since the mid 1760’s. He grew up in a large family with five sisters in rural Lexington County. He graduated from Pelion High School in 1987 with a small class of 60 seniors and went on to be the first in his family to graduate from College. He finished Clemson University in 1993 cum laude with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is married with three children. Though he voted in every general election since turning eighteen, Talbert didn’t start his real political activism until the late 90’s. His education in state politics and citizen lobbying began in 1999 with his membership in GrassRoots GunRights SC, a state organization defending our right to self defense. In 2008 he joined the Campaign for Liberty and within a year he was the Interim State Coordinator for South Carolina. His goal for Palmetto Liberty PAC is to change the composition of South Carolina’s General Assembly so that it consistently supports limited government, a free market, individual responsibility, and fiscal responsibility. Dr. Mike Vasovski A South Carolina resident for 24 years, Dr. Mike Vasovski and his wife Cindy, live and practice general family medicine in Aiken. They have two grown children who live out of state and currently care for Cindy’s elderly parents in their home. Mike is a first generation American, as both of his parents were from Europe and they immigrated legally to the States after World War II. He went to school in Texas for college at Texas A&M and medical school in Fort Worth. Dr. Vasovski served 6 years in the United States Army Medical Corp and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. In 2007, Mike ran unsuccessfully for a United States House of Representatives seat in South Carolina’s Third Congressional District. He was a precinct delegate to the Republican State convention in 2009 and 2011 and is currently the Tea Party Chairman for Aiken county. Daniel Cochran Daniel Cochran is a native North Carolina/South Carolina late-blooming political activist. He current works at Coastal Carolina University as a System Support Technician and is also the College Republican Club’s Faculty and Staff Advisor. Daniel has a Masters in Business, a Bachelors in Science (Computer Science) and an Associate of Science in Business Computers. He has been a programmer, programmer/analyst, analyst consultant, and small business partner in the computer field since graduating from Wake Technical College. His range of political activity has been from a party member to becoming a Precinct leader to being a US House District coordinator of a nationally recognized political non-profit (Campaign for Liberty). Of note, he has never missed an election voting primary/general since 1982 even if he had to write in the candidate of his choice. Dianna Lightfoot Dianna Lightfoot is the founder and president of the National Physicians Center (NPC). She has also worked as Executive Vice President of the South Carolina Policy Council and Director of the Alabama Policy Institute’s Physicians Resource Council. Ms. Lightfoot holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Community Relations, a counseling license and a secondary teaching credential. Dianna’s public service experience includes acting as chief advisor to the Bush White House’s Adolescent Health Initiative, and appointments to serve on the U.S. Department of Justice’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence; Chair for U.S. Health and Human Services’ National Review Board on Infant Adoption and the U.S. President’s Family Justice Initiative. In addition, she has spoken at numerous international health and education conferences and partnered with Chinese and African government leaders on multiple projects related to health and child welfare. Dianna is passionate about promoting and supporting the principles of limited government, free enterprise and personal responsibility in South Carolina and throughout the nation. Harry Kibler Harry Kibler is the founder of RINO Hunt, an organization that holds elected Republicans accountable to the party platform. Through RINO Hunt, Harry started Constitution training classes and inspired other organizations throughout South Carolina to do the same. In 1996 Harry’s father passed away as a result of cancer. After losing his father, Harry realized he knew very little about his family heritage and started researching his family tree. The loss of his father and the newly-found knowledge of the sacrifices and service to our nation made by his ancestors created a passion to preserve our freedom. Harry began to study the U.S. Constitution and quickly recognized several areas of concern. He has dedicated his life to the preservation of the document that many men and women have died to protect. In 2010, Harry became a candidate for Greenville County Council and was recently elected First Vice Chairman of the Greenville County Republican Party. Tom Hatfield Tom is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Post Graduate Degree in Industrial Management from Worcester Polytechnic. For ten years, as an executive in sales and marketing, Tom lived and worked in Europe including England and Belgium. For another 20 years, he traveled the industrialized world selling and marketing machine tool products. After retiring to Hilton Head Island, Tom was appointed to the Beaufort County Election Commission where he served for seven years, including four as its Chairman. Tom’s is actively involved in Republican politics including: as co-founder of the Hilton Head Island 1st Monday Republican Lunch Group, member of the Board of the Hilton Head Island Republican Club and past Vice Chairman of the Beaufort County Republican Party. In addition he has served the community as: a founding board member of the South Carolina Public Charter School District from 2006 to 2010, the“NoHomeTax.org” movement which was instrumental in the development of Property Tax Reform legislation (A-388); as Citizen Reporter for the South Carolina Policy Council and by appointment to the South Carolina Agency Salary Review Commission in 2010.