Early voting available 
Oct. 19-Nov. 4 
before Nov. 7 election
Plan now to vote early for the Nov. 7 municipal and school board election. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 19, early voting will be available at one site: the Cleveland County Board of Elections office at 215 Patton Dr. in Shelby. Click here for the early voting days and hours.

If you're already registered locally,  you may make changes (such as street address) during this early voting time.

If you're NOT registered, you may register AND vote on the same day during early voting. (You may NOT do this on Nov. 7 Election Day.) If you're newly registering, you'll need an acceptable form of identification.

All together, there are some 50 offices to be filled in the election--but they're not all on any one ballot! This is the odd-year election in which non-partisan  town, city, and water board seats are filled. Each voter's ballot will list only the candidates that voter is eligible to vote for. All ballots will list candidates for the only partisan race on the ballot--seats on the Cleveland County Board of Education.

Our turnout and your vote are crucial in the highly contested race for school board. On CCDP's fine slate are the candidates picked in the party's  earlier primary: incumbent Board Chair Phillip Glover, Dena Green, Tommy C. Greene, and Coleman Hunt.

Click here to see your specific sample ballot before you vote. On this form, fill in your name to bring up your voter registration info. (Check it for accuracy while you're here.) Thenscroll down to and click Sample Ballot.

If you will be unable to vote in person either during Early Voting or on Election Day, you may request an Absentee Ballot to be mailed back or otherwise turned in before Nov. 7. Instructions are included with the form.

Four Democratic school board candidates elected in party primary
Congratulations are in order for the four candidates chosen in a Sept. 12 party primary as Democratic nominees for the Cleveland County Board of Education. They have advanced to the November general election ballot along with Republican and Unaffiliated candidates. 

Read about the primary results in this Shelby Star article.  The primary winners are Phillip Glover, currently incumbent board chair, Dena Green, Tommy C. Greene, and Coleman Hunt. Together with other candidates Guy N. Suttle and Barbara Romich, they provided our party  well-qualified and diverse choices while reflecting a common strong view of support for public education. 

We earlier posted this backgrounder on the election: Facts about the Sept. 12 Democratic primary.

Municipal, water board elections
Voters in 15 Cleveland County municipalities will elect leaders for their towns and cities in non-partisan elections Nov. 7. On the ballots will be the names of those who filed during the two-week filing period July 7-21 as candidates for eight mayor and 37 municipal board seats coming open for new four-year terms. 

The mayor positions and the incumbents holding them now are as follows: Boiling Springs, Max Hamrick; Casar, Eddie Walker; Earl, Max Hopper; Fallston, Doris Weaver; Kingstown, David Lattimore; Lattimore, Alton Beal; Lawndale, Rick Garver; and Patterson Springs, Lee Van Canipe.

See the full list of mayor and board seats open for November election at the Cleveland County Board of Elections website. This website also provides a current list of candidates who have filed.

In addition to municipal offices, Cleveland County voters will fill three non-partisan offices with four-year terms on the County Water Board. 

Early voting will begin 17 days before Nov. 7 at one site--the local Board of Elections office at 215 Patton Drive in Shelby. Hours will be announced.

Looking ahead: lively Democratic convention sets stage
In annual convention Saturday, April 8, the Cleveland County Democratic Party elected leaders, honored several Democrats who’ve meant much to the community, and gathered participants’ input on the party’s path forward... See our news release and more photos.

2017 convention awards
Awards honor unique contributions
Cleveland County Democrats chose their annual convention day April 8 to present awards to several who have meant much to our community and party. See photos and story here about the recognition of:
Jack and Ruby Hunt
Carolyn and Dean Westmoreland
Mary Accor
The Rev. Robert E. Devoe
Mary Degree

Region 2 Democratic Women elect new officers
Area members of Democratic Women of North Carolina, Region 2, elected new officers at their April 29 meeting in Morganton. 

Shown here are Laura Cummings of Cleveland County, right, outgoing Region 2 director and newly elected secretary-treasurer; Gale Jones of Burke County, second from right, elected the new regional director; and Laura Satterwhite of Burke County, third from right, new deputy director. Betsy Wells, left, is chair of the Tenth District Democrats and secretary of Democratic Women of Cleveland County.

Two honored as Stars at DWNC state convention
Two area women were recognized as Stars at the Sept. 223-24 annual state convention of Democratic Women of North Carolina in Winston-Salem. They are Mary Degree, left, of Shelby and Joyce Sheaffer, right, of Earl.

They were nominated for the honor by Democratic Women of Cleveland County, the local chapter of the state organization.

Stars were recognized and thanked at a gala banquet during the convention. The award is given for outstanding community service and leadership, including the encouragement of voting by all citizens and involvement in politics as the American way to pursue needed improvements. 

Proposed legislative maps change Cleveland's state senate district

In response to a court order, proposed new maps for state House and Senate districts were adopted Aug. 30 by the Republican-majority N. C. General Assembly. The maps aren’t final—more court activity is expected. But if the maps stand as adopted, Cleveland County would be in a different state Senate district paired with different counties. No change would be made in Cleveland’s House districts. Read more...

CCDP elects officers to new two-year terms
A new slate of party leaders took office at the conclusion of CCDP's annual convention. Left to right, they and their precincts are Todd Hagans of Kings Mountain South, second vice chair; Nick Carpenter of Shelby South, chair; Elizabeth (Lizzie) Kim of Shelby Central, secretary; Joyce Coleman of Shanghai, first vice chair; and Andrew (Drew) Leon of Shelby Central, third vice chair. Doris Williams of Oak Grove, not shown, was re-elected the party's treasurer.
Thanks for party leadership

Those attending CCDP's annual
convention gave an ovation and Leadership Wwards to two ending party officer terms.

 Retiring CCDP Chair Joyce Sheaffer, left, moderated the festive convention. Retiring First Vice Chair Steve Padgett, right, was there as typical to help manage logistics and greet delegates. Both will continue in their other party roles as precinct chairs in Rippy and Casar, respectively.