Democratic Candidates: File Now! [Update] - Open Thread

Last Summer, I wrote a short series of posts on

Why we need to have Democrats run in every race,

What it takes to be a candidate,

and Obstacles to succeeding as a candidate.

I will be filing myself tomorrow for NC House 37, but I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to seriously consider running and to think about it now before filing ends on Feb 29th.

You may be the candidate you've been waiting for!

I'm bumping this and using Ed's post for our open thread to keep track of candidate filings. Thanks, Ed! Take a minute to check your local paper or the SBOE site to see if anyone has filed in your area. Post candidate sightings in the comments.


Excellent advice. I am glad I already took it. :)

I filed to run for county commissioner this afternoon. We already have four dems vying for the three seats that are up for reelection this year. Rats. I had really hoped to avoid a contested primary.

[in squeaky high pitched voice] - Help ... me.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Whoo Hoo!

I will definitely contribute to your campaign. Just let me know where and how. I'm so proud of you!

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

(blushes) Thank you, thank you!!!!!

I probably should have already done some of this, but I'll get my electoral house in order over the next week or so and then I will definately let you know how to help.

I guess I was in denial about the contested primary thing. The crazy part is that the neither of the two incumbents have filed as yet.
And no repubs.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Really! That's great! What county?

Juuuuuust kidding. I'm so sorry.....I just had to do it. I'm very proud of you. Mom was a county commissioner and ran at large in Mecklenburg. It takes a lot of work. Let us know what we can do to help.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


that's really cool, presondem. Glad we got got good people running this year. A year of abundance (perhaps too much abundance for ya'll in races with other quality candidates in the primaries!) for the party. I'd give something along with Icloud...but I gave all my money to Dellinger. KIDDING, no i really just have no money. But I will see what i can scrape up!

oh, quick question: would me giving to someone outside my county (across the state!) for their county's local government be bad? Would it be like Hampton's getting out-of-state funds? See what i mean? borders, at some level of rational thought, are pretty damn arbitrary. A good progressive is a good progressive anywhere; I'll support as many as i can this year! :)

The amount I can give persondem will not affect the race

but will show good faith. Having a progressive County Commissioner in NC is a good thing for all of NC. I doubt that most of persondem's campaign funds - or nearly 1/2 - will come from out of district.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Icloud, i was definilty not trying to

address you're potential giving. sorry, i hope it didn't sound that way--I am not a snotty type. I was just talking about wanting to give to persondem, and then the Hampton link thing popped in my head.

Well, I gotta say

This is the exact same issue, except for a matter of degree, leaving only a terribly arbitrary and unknowable line of what will affect the race and what will not.

Don't you think Hampton's friends from college who donated to his campaign think having a progressive LG in NC is a good thing for all of NC?

Sure I do.

My concern was that the last time I saw numbers for Dellinger's campaign, they were split 50/50 (basically) in state and out of state. Dollars don't translate into votes 1 for 1, so I'd like to see a mix that was higher on the in state side. But that's just my preference.

Take it to a different level - how much out of country money would you want to see a presidential candidate taking?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi


i have to get a little flustered by such a comparison. yes, in the end, the world is all one big happy family. But as for now, in our post-Peace of Westphalia world, the difference between governments of separate countries is incomparable to the differences between governments of different states in the US. com'on

I'm slightly

intimidated by your education, PP. (Peace of Westphalia -- that's the one with the ham, right?) Aside from that, agreed.

GOP out in force!

A quick review of Wake County filings from the first day reveals a very active NC GOP. Republican incumbents and challengers have filed for 2 of 4 NC Senate seats, 5 out of 9 NC House seats, 2 of the 3 County Commissioners seats.

So even though we know we look good to wipe the floor with Republicans in the Presidential race, we will be battling on many more fronts with our state and local candidates.

Ed Ridpath

Ed Ridpath

Go for it!

My office is THE bottom of the ballot (soil and water supervisor) and I was the last name on the ballot two years ago but I would not trade my experience. I have enjoyed my time on the board and I plan on running for something farther up the ballot when my kids get older.

Ed is right, we need to challange every seat, I beat a 16 year Republican incumbant by 205 votes out of 140,000+ votes cast when I was first elected. This was literaly one vote per precinct here in Mecklenburg so it can be done.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

I'm going out to vote.

First time (I can remember) that my vote might count for something.

I'm hearing on the right wing radio call after call of registered Republicans voting Democrat in Virginia. Seems to be split between Obama and Clinton. It's some kind of protest against McCain.

Some Republican just called in to say she voted McCain because she was afraid with all the protest voting that Huckabee would win. She said, "Please don't let Virginia be Virginia for once. Huckabee's a joke. I don't want him to win this state."
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Potomac Predictions?

In my humble opinion, today will be a good day for: Barack Obama, Donna Edwards, and whatever bartender may end up dealing with me tonight.

And a bad day for: anyone I work with that has yet to see There Will Be Blood, or hear it quoted incessantly.

Is that the one with the milkshake quote?

Damn I'm sick of that fucking quote already.

And no, I haven't seen the movie.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi


Best movie ever!

Ok, Frank.

Since you and Christopher both recommend it, I'll go see it.

But I'm sick of the damn quote.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I think Obama will take all three

But if that Virginia Republican crossover is big, who knows? I think they're planning to vote Hillary but I've heard of some who voted Obama.


My Diebold machine crashed (right after I chose my language) and they had to extract my card. They tried to get me to vote again at that (rebooted) machine but I insisted on another one.

The exit poller outside (from a local paper) said one guy wasn’t allowed to vote after his machine crashed. They let him do a provisional.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Tim Russert figured out that

Tim Russert figured out that with the gross similarities in Virginia and Wisconsin, and Obama scooping up a hefty amount of Indy voters in that state, there's no way McCain can mathematically hit the threshhold until May 6th.

Normally I would not give a flying fuck, but this means one thing: Mike Huckabee may campaign in North Carolina. I want out.

Are you kidding?

A Chuck Norris endorsement, a major in miracles (as opposed to math -- helpful in determining that the earth is only 5700 years old)... and the only candidate to have cooked squirrels in a air popcorn popper! (Your candidate might be a redneck if...)

We're due for a little more fun in NC in the prez primaries.

I think he'd peddle his

I think he'd peddle his delusion in NC like Earnhardt memorabilia. Then again I may just be considering things here in Cabarrus. His only saving grace in my books, is that he's sticking it to McCain. I'll take what I can get.

House 116

This seat was held by Charles Thomas (R) and is a very purple district. Thomas was instrumental in helping us stop the Woodfin Progress Energy Diesel Power Plant. Only one person has filed to run for the seat: Jane Whilden.

Whilden is Easley's Western Director, and her daughter is a staffer for Congressman Shuler. It takes a moderate to win this district, and Whilden seems a good choice.

Scrutiny Hooligans -

That's great news!

Thanks for keeping us updated on your area.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Go Jane!

I went to UNC with Jane Whilden's daughter and worked with her in the Young Democrats. Despite some minor ideological differences, I think Jane would be an excellent person to represent that district. She's a hard worker, a solid Democrat, and makes excellent spaghetti. I'll miss seeing Doug Jones on the ballot, after canvassing and helping out with some events for him last go-round and even "starring" in one of his commercials, but Jane will be a great candidate!


And hi Jason. Mark Hufford says hello, too. (I'm Leslie) BTW Patsy held (or is going to hold?) a fundraiser for Jane.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Davy Lowman for House 110

Debbie Clary's seat. She's filing for Walter Dalton's Senate seat.

It's been a Republican district but Davy's family has been there forever (which helps). And he should know what he's doing. He's managed several successful state senate campaigns (which is how I know him).

Here's the Shelby Star on his filing.

His Republican opponents (so far) are Pearl Floyd and Kelly Hastings.

Go Davy!!!!!!
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Donna Edwards fans:

Here's a Matt Stoller post on her great numbers (Wynn appears not to be losing any voters since last year but Edwards is gaining in every precinct so far).

And here's WaPo's live results.

However, because of the weather and fatigue the judges in some of her best precincts are rumored to be refusing to turn in their materials as planned and a judge has been alerted that the courts might have to intervene to get police to collect the materials. (Even though the police have their hands full with the not-predicted ice storm.)

Looks like victory but we've gone to bed thinking that before.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

She won

Here's Chris Bower's take:

Update 2--Edwards Wins MD-04: The Washington Post has projected Donna Edwards as the winner in the Democratic primary for Maryland's 4th congressional district! Yes, yes, yes! I'm going to sign off for the night now, and provide updated pledged delegate and popular vote totals in the morning. Congratulations to everyone!

Update--Huge night for progressive movement: With every precinct coming in with at least a 10% improvement for Edwards over 2006, let me reiterate this point: the new primary voters who are coming out for Barack Obama are also going to result in the first progressive displacement of a centrist, corporate, congressional Democrat via a primary in years. This it it. This is what we have been working for and building for. This is our emerging majority. We finally have the organization, and the voters, and the whole ball of wax. The movement has thoroughly come of age.

News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

NC 06

On the Republican side, of course Howard Coble just can't let go, and no primary challenger is in site.

On the Democratic side, there are, from what I can see, three primary candidates: Jay Ovittore, who we know from his visits and postings here, Teresa Sue Bratton, who is a pediatrician from Greensboro,(I could not find a campaign website - this is a video she did for the Guilford Child Health Inc.) and Johnny Carter, who lists himself as a businessman with 40 years of success in "transportation logistics and contracting businesses". The Pilot, our local newspaper, gave his occupation today as an air conditioning repairman. So I'm not sure what he does - but after reading the positions on his website, I do have to wonder why he's running as a Democrat! He doesn't even seem to fit the Blue Dog wing of the party. I know we've got a big tent and all, but I think he might have wandered into the wrong one.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Those filing in Mecklenburg include.....

NC Sen 37 - Dan Clodfelter (i)
NC Sen 38 - Charlie Dannelly (i)
NC House 99 - Drew Saunders (i)
NC House 100 - Lloyd Scher
NC House 101 Beverly Earle (i)
NC House 102 Becky Carney (i)
NC House 106 - Martha Alexander (i)
NC House 107 - Kelly Alexander
NC House 107 - Mary Richardson
County Commission at large - Jennifer Roberts
County Commission at large - Dan Murrey

Democratic incumbents have filed in County Commission districts and I'm not listing the Republicans.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


What is going on with 40?

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

From the Morganton paper in Burke

N.C. House District 86 - Democrat incumbent Walt Church and Republican Hugh Blackwell.

N.C. House District 85 - Republican incumbent Mitch Gillespie and Democrat Chuck Aldridge.

N.C. Senate District 44 - Republican incumbent Jim Jacumin and Democrat Jim Cates.

Good news because Jacumin ran unopposed last time. Bad news in that Blackwell got within a hundred votes of Church.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

NC 52

So far, only two candidates to report in this district. REP incumbent Joe Boylan will face REP Lane Toomey of Southern Pines in the Primary.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Buncombe County Commission

We've got a gaggle of Democrats running for Buncombe County Commission. Our Commission is composed of four seats plus a Chair. The chair is being contested by current Commissioner, David Gantt (D). David Young is abandoning a seat to run for State Treasurer. This leaves two vacant seats and two contested seats. So far we've got Democrats a-plenty running for them:

Holly Jones (My favorite candidate in the race. A progressive with a lot of govt. experience)
Keith Thomson
K. Ray Bailey (President Emeritus of Asheville/Buncombe Technical College - he's done amazing work there)
Carol Peterson (incumbent - supported the Diesel Power Plant in Woodfin, superdelegate for DNC, Grand Dame of the Old Guard out here)
Bill Stanley (incumbent - unfortunate, recurring health issues, supported the Diesel Power Plant)

No Republicans have filed yet.

Scrutiny Hooligans -