Charleston Democrats will hold their county convention on Saturday, during which West Ashley resident Brady Quirk-Garvan is expected to be elected the next party chairman.

Quirk-Garvan, 27, is the only announced candidate so far to succeed Richard Hricik, who is stepping down as party leader at the end of his term, which coincides with this meeting.

Quirk-Garvan said his goal will be to ensure that Charleston County is "blue" this election season by going for Democrat Vincent Sheheen over Republican incumbent Nikki Haley in the governor's race.

"I decided the timing was right for me to do it," he said of his run for party leader.

Quirk-Garvan lives in the Avondale area. His business, Natural Investments, advises on socially responsible investments, such as favoring companies that have women holding top positions in boardrooms or that provide benefits for same-sex partners.

Locally, Quirk-Garvan said the courthouse race the party can win this year is by targeting long-term Republican incumbent Register of Mesne Conveyance Charlie Lybrand. Democrat Patrick Bell filed as a candidate for the post this week.

The convention runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the International Longshoremen's Association Hall, 1142 Morrison Drive in Charleston. Sheheen, a state senator from Kershaw, will be the keynote speaker.

Other statewide candidates expected to address the crowd include lieutenant governor hopeful Bakari Sellers, U.S. Senate candidate Joyce Dickerson, and Ginny Deerin, who is running for secretary of state.

The state Democratic Convention is in May.

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551.