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The race for NCDP Chair: Fundraising

Three of the five candidates running to serve as chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party have returned questionnaires that were created by the readers and editors of BlueNC. All of the candidates had a busy week with forums and we thank Patsy Keever, Marshall Adame, and Connie Johnson for returning their answers.

Questions for the Candidates for NCDP Chair

The election for NCDP Chair is just weeks away. On February 7, members of the State Executive Committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party will meet in Chatham County to elect the person who will lead the party for the next two years. Barring any nominations from the floor, there are four candidates who have announced their intentions to run for the seat - Patsy Keever, Ron Sanyal, Constance "Connie" Johnson, and Janice Covington Allison.

NCDP Flat Broke and in Debt $129,000

The election of a new chair to lead the North Carolina Democratic Party is right around the corner and the State Executive Committee still has not been informed where their meeting will be held on February 7. It is assumed that the meeting was changed from Daniels Middle School in Raleigh to TBD because the school did not have enough parking to accommodate a meeting of this size.

NCDP Chair Randy Voller announces he will not run for second term

Randy Voller announced the news at the Executive Council meeting. No announcement in the larger Executive Committee meeting.

So far no fights have broken out. :)

I will add more once we arrive home. Adopting resolutions has been tedious, but much of the rest of the meeting has been very interesting. The best moment was the unexpected entry of Justice Cheri Beasley. She received a raucous standing ovation and was moved to tears. Second best moment was the surprise entrance of Justice Robin Hudson. Second only because she is not facing a recount.

How NCDP Chair Randy Voller Denied Union County Dems the right to vote in the Democratic Party political process

Imagine being accused and punished for something, but your accusers never clarify their charges. Ever. They just accuse you of committing "irregularities," without offering proof of any kind or specifying their charges in any way. This is exactly what happened to the Union County Democratic Party when NCDP Chair Randy Voller coordinated with then (2011 - 2013) UCDP 1st Vice Chair Diane Little, to abruptly end our 2013 County Convention, denying nearly 100 Democrats who were gathered the right to vote for UCDP officers and delegates to the 8th and 9th District Conventions.

NCDP ShamerGate Takes Hilarious Turn

We were among those who had a family member receive the shaming mailers from the North Carolina Democratic Party and the Sierra Club. Five mailers (scans linked at the end of the post) were received in five days all sent to my oldest daughter who only became eligible to vote in 2011. At first I was livid on her behalf. We do not live in a municipality, so do not vote in odd years. Fortunately, the requirements of our GOTV campaign kept me so busy that there was no time for the anger to fester. Now, that fiasco has taken a turn for the hilarious.

Post Election Thoughts

Unlike many across the state, our group of Democrats was celebrating Tuesday night. Union County is so red that it is hard to get a Democrat elected even in a local non-partisan race, so when we took the lone county-wide, at-large school board race, a district school board race, and the county-wide soil and water commissioner supervisor race...well...let's just say all hell broke loose at headquarters. Thank goodness we didn't have alcohol available or I might have matched Dallas Woodhouse drunken slur for drunken slur.

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