South Cove Park by Lake Keowee was wetter than usual—thanks to a day of off-and-on heavy downpours. But the rain did not prevent Oconee Democratic Party from carrying through with its $20 dollar a plate fundraiser for a hopeful next year for governor. More than 150 tickets were sold, and the large crowd gathered in the pavilion for food, speakers, door prizes and networking. The appearance of State Senator Vincent Sheheen of Kershaw seemed to energize the crowd of local Democrats and their chances to win the governor’s office in 2014. As the Democratic nominee in 2010, Sheheen lost to Republican Nikki Haley. When asked why next year might be different, Sheheen told reporters: “It was second closest Governor’s race in America in 2010, and I think that showed the people of South Carolina are really looking for a change in their government. Last time Nikki Haley could be everything for everybody because she didn’t have a record.” Sheheen says that has now changed and, on 96.3/WGOG NEWS, he calls attention to issues that makes Haley vulnerable. The young attorney is married to Amy Renee Uhl Sheheen, a Walhalla High graduate.