I know people were expecting a Draft Brad post from me tonight, but I was off being elected temporary chair of the Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County. Let’s say 6 am on that one, ok?
Anyway, I had a great time at our first MCYD meeting of the year, hosted in beautiful HD-100 by State Representative Tricia Cotham. Zack Hawkins (President-Elect, YDNC) and Melissa Price (VP-Elect, YDNC) came down from Wake County to help with the meeting, and 5 colleges in Mecklenburg County (Davidson, Queens, CPCC, UNCC, and Smith) were represented. We’re putting together an organization that’s going to get Dems elected across the county.
Rep. Cotham was a great host, and I suppose this is a good opportunity to clear up some misconceptions that were spread around the time of her election. What wasn’t reported was that Rep. Cotham, quite aware of Jim Black’s legal peril, had been working to win the seat since before any of the other candidates had entered the race. As an educator at East Meck High School, she spent most of her day in the district, and touched the lives of more kids (many of whom are now of voting age) than any other elected official in the district. There were no decisions about her race made in smoky back rooms; she simply worked the hardest to win, gave the most impressive presentation at the debate, and organized the most precincts (something that’s going to help candidates like Larry Kissell in 2008). And at events like Saturday’s WFW rally, she’s shown that she’s the real deal.
You’ll be happy to know that Rep. Cotham and the Young Dems are going to work together to pass some great legislation over the coming months. Keep a look out, because we’re going to do our best to get real changes passed in areas like education.
So, any suggestions for a new (acting) President?