Candidate filing launches 2016 presidential-year election; primaries set for March 15
It's time to set our sights on the November 2016 general election in which we'll elect our next president with what may be the largest voter turnout ever. And we'll be seeing the campaigns in earnest shortly: Dec. 1-21 was the candidate filing period for the primaries set for March 15. The field is set! 

The N. C. Legislature at its last session moved the primary date up from its traditional May date in order for the state to be more influential in the presidential primaries. We North Carolina voters could well be pivotal in clinching the party nominations!

The earlier primary date has also meant that candidates decided and declared earlier, ready to start primary campaigns in earnest with the New Year. 

At the county level, we will elect three county commissioners and a register of deeds.  We'll also vote with other counties on a U. S. Senator and who's to represent our District 10 in the U. S. Congress. 

The races for N. C. governor and lieutenant governor top state balloting. We'll also name Council of State officials, including secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, treasurer, auditor, and commissioners of agriculture, labor, and insurance.

 For the state legislature, we will vote on a state senator for District 46 and state representatives for District 110 and 111 (depending on residence).

There'll also be some judicial races--more to come as details are gathered.

(Photo ABC news)

Read the debate transcript

If you missed the great Democratic presidential debate Dec. 19, you can catch up by reading the transcript provided by CBS News. Plan to tune in for the next one: Jan. 17 in Charleston, S. C.

12.21.2015   53 NC legislators lack opponents as filing period ends, The News and Observer, Raleigh:  The 2016 general election is more than 10 months away, but 53 legislators – nearly a third of the N.C. General Assembly – learned Monday that they’ll get another term....

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Taking it to voters in the 10th: Democrats unify to support Millard
The photo above on Andy Millard's Facebook page told the happy story. Since no other candidate filed to run as a Democratic candidate for the 10th District U. S. congressional seat, he will have no primary opposition but advance as the party's candidate on the November election ballot.

Millard has been actively campaigning for several weeks across the seven-county district. He is seeking to win the congressional seat now held by Patrick McHenry (R-NC 10), who will have a Republican primary challenger. 

Dem leaders
Pictured below are two currently in two-year party leadership posts. Joyce Sheaffer, left, is chair of the Cleveland County Democratic Party. Betsy Wells, right, is in her second term  as chair of District 10 Democrats. The two were attending a May 30 meeting in Morganton of Region 2 members of Democratic Women of North Carolina.

Meeting notice: CCDP Executive Committee meeting, 6:00 pm, Thursday, Jan. 14, 1016, Ichiban's Buffet Restaurant, 1712 E. Dixon Blvd., Shelby, NC. Open to all interested registered Dems in county. Newcomers and volunteers especially welcome.
Three local Dems are party nominees
Three Cleveland County Democrats officially became our party's nominees for the November general election when no other Dems filed to oppose them in the party primary.

Debi Mull Harrill, right, is our candidate for Cleveland County Register of Deeds. A Shelbian, she is running to succeed Bonnie E. Reece, veteran Democrat who is retiring from the office. Read about Harrill's leadership and qualifications on her campaign Facebook page.

Willie McIntosh of Lawndale  and Mary Accor of Kings Mountain, left and right below, are each running for one of the three seats to be open on the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners. 

Both are experienced leaders, having served as commissioners in prior years. See this Shelby Star article for information about them and why they're running. The article also describes the lively contest they're in. Four Republicans including the three incumbents are also running for the board.


Dem Women name officers
Leatha Lockhart, below, is the president of Democratic Women of Cleveland County, succeeding Brenda Lipscomb in the post. Others elected recently are Priscilla Dunlap, vice president; Betsy Wells, secretary; and Laura Cummings, treasurer.

Lockhart, formerly of Grover and now of Shelby, was vice president of DWCC and was named a Democratic "Star" at the annual state convention last year of Democratic Women of North Carolina. She is also second vice chair of CCDP. 

 Also, Laura Cummings of Kings Mountain was re-elected to a second term as regional director of Democratic Women of North Carolina.