Lachlan McIntosh entered the political and public affairs arenas in 1992 when he joined Iowa Senator Tom Harkin’s Presidential campaign.
In the years ahead, he accumulated an unmatched wealth of crucial, hands-on political experience. Lachlan played instrumental roles for former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges, former US Senator Fritz Hollings, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, and former Vice-Presidential nominee John Edwards. He was tapped to become Executive Director of the South Carolina Democratic Party under Chairman Joe Erwin and served as Director of the South Carolina House Democratic Caucus under Minority Leader James Smith.
Lachlan founded McIntosh Consulting, LLC to elect more Democrats to public office. Since 2003, McIntosh Consulting has successfully elected Democrats and Independents at every level of government.
His overall record since 2003 now stands at 80-42 for a 66% winning percentage.
In 2023, Lachlan helped multiple candidates win office on both the campaign and independent expenditure side. On the campaign side, he helped Brook Lyon become the new Mayor of James Island in a landslide victory. On the independent expenditure side, he played a key role in advocating for the successful election of Reggie Burgess for Mayor of North Charleston. He also helped defeat a short-term rental cap on the Isle of Palms.
Politico named Lachlan as one of "50 Politicos to Watch" in 2011
In 2022, Lachlan helped his clients fend off a bad environment and win several tough races that were seen as statistical tossups. He guided South Carolina State Representatives Spencer Wetmore and Leon Stavrinakis to re-election wins despite Democrats losing five incumbents statewide. Stavrinakis and Wetmore not only won, but substantially over-performed other Democrats on the ticket. He also helped Karen Hollings win her primary and general election to become Charleston Register of Deeds.
In 2021 Lachlan guided three successful high-profile municipal races. He helped Mount Pleasant, SC Mayor Will Haynie cruise to re-election after being targeted by extremists for his pro-science leadership in managing COVID. Lachlan helped Stephen Bowden defeat an incumbent Charleston City Council member who had been a vocal proponent of far-right fringe groups. Lachlan also helped the only African-American member of Summerville, SC Town Council secure re-election in a majority white district.
2020 was another exciting and successful year for Lachlan and his team. His projects ranged from Presidential campaigns like Amy Klobuchar to local campaigns for state house. He helped navigate Rep. Spencer Wetmore's special and general election victories in SC House District 115, a race that turned a long-time red district blue.
In 2018, McIntosh Consulting, LLC represented Charleston Coalition for Kids, an organization dedicated to improving the local school board. The coalition endorsed 4 candidates, all of which were successful. McIntosh Consulting also helped SC State Rep. Leon Stavrinakis cruise to a 65% re-election victory.
In 2017, McIntosh Consulting, LLC represented clients from California to South Carolina. Victories included the re-election of Meridian, MS Mayor Percy Bland and Will Haynie’s Mayoral election in Mount Pleasant, SC, where he trounced a long-time incumbent by a 2-1 margin.
In 2016, McIntosh Consulting, LLC represented clients in five states which included Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Mississippi and South Carolina.
McIntosh Consulting, LLC represented six winning candidates in 2014 in the Carolinas.
Lachlan was named "Campaign Manager of the Year" for a local race by the American Association of Political Consultants for his work in 2013, which included managing Percy Bland’s mayoral campaign in Meridian, Mississippi. Bland was the first African American mayor ever elected in that city and the first Democrat elected in two decades. McIntosh Consulting also represented Marlon Kimpson in his successful run for SC State Senate and helped re-elect Georgetown, SC Mayor Jack Scoville.
In 2012, Lachlan managed Congressman Mike McIntyre’s successful re-election campaign in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional district. The National Republican Congressional Committee and third-party groups spent millions of dollars in a failed attempt to defeat McIntyre in the heavily Republican-leaning district.
In 2011, McIntosh Consulting, LLC helped three Mississippi Democrats win State House elections and won a Mayoral Race in Summerville, SC.
In 2008, McIntosh Consulting won 80% of its races, including Anne Peterson Hutto’s upset victory for the South Carolina State House. Her victory marked the only defeat of an incumbent House member in the 2008 general election.
Lachlan has twice been elected a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Lachlan was born in Charleston and currently resides in Folly Beach, SC.
Lachlan was a 2021 Pollie Award Winner for best use of mobile technology in a red-to-blue legislative win!
Lachlan won a 2022 Pollie Award for Direct Mail Targeting!