Cleveland County Dem Convention: Facing Forward!
Convention held: About 75 local Democrats convened Saturday, April 11, 2015, in the County Office Building auditorium, marking the start of the two-year political process leading to the election of a U. S. president, senator, and representatives, N. C. governor and legislators, and county officials across the state. 

We had a lively time at convention! Read all about it in our news release here. Some highlights:

New CCDP officers elected for two-year terms: Our new county party chair is Joyce Sheaffer of Earl, N. C., veteran Rippy precinct leader. She succeeds Robin Smith of Kings Mountain, given standing applause in appreciation of her service. Other new officers are Steve Padgett of Casar, first vice chair; Leatha Lockhart of Shelby, second vice chair; Nick Carpenter of Shelby, third vice chair; and Carla Burton-Griffin of Shelby, secretary. Doris Williams of Kings Mountain was re-elected treasurer.

State Executive Committee members named: Elected to represent us on the NCDP State Executive Committee are Sheaffer as chair, Padgett, Carpenter, Smith, and Todd Hagans of Kings Mountain.

Thanks to precinct leaders:  Great thanks to the leaders of our Democratic precinct organizations in Cleveland County!  Earlier, in February, we held annual precinct meetings and elected these leaders and delegates to the county convention. It was great to see these leaders and their delegations sitting together on convention day and planning for the months ahead. Click here for a list of these leaders and more about precinct organizations.

Media scan
05.01.2015 Who will challenge Burr? By Thomas Mills in Politics NCNorth Carolina Democrats are starting to get a bit nervous about the lack of a US Senate candidate. 2016 could be a good year for Democrats, the first in awhile....

04.30.2015 Kansas shows us what could happen if Republicans win in 2016, by Catherine Rampell in The Washington Post
No more pencils, no more books. No more teachers’ dirty looks. Usually this is an anthem of celebration, of respite from the angst-inducing strictures of K-12 schooling. But this year, across Kansas, the jingle is coming a little sooner than expected, and with mournful undertones....

04.18.2015 Republicans drop batle to do away with 'Obamacare,' The Raleigh News and Observer
After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over..

04.15.2015 Cleveland County Democratic Party looks to 2016The Kings Mountain Herald
Across the state and nation this month, Democrats are gathering in annual county conventions that are the grassroots underpinning of the party’s formal structure....

04.07.2015 N. C. Democrats bash McCrory on tax policyThe Raleigh News & Observer
The N.C. Democratic Party held a news conference Tuesday to blame Gov. Pat McCrory for tax changes they say are causing many middle class families to pay more....

05-14-2015 Exec Comm notice
2015 10th Dist convention notice

2016 campaign activity stirs
Adding excitement to the April 11 Dem county convention was the announced prospect that Hillary Clinton would make her presidential candidate announcement the following day--and, sure enough, she did.  Watch her announcement video below.

The Shelby Star followed up with interviews of local political leaders as to reaction. Our newly elected CCDP Chair Joyce Sheaffer made our case for a campaign devoted to "everyday Americans." Read the Star article here

Hillary Clinton affirms Dem policies and values in presidential announcement

Also at our convention, we were happy to have a drop-in visit from Andy Millard of Polk County, who has recently announced he's a Democratic candidate for the Tenth District Congressional seat.  

Andy Millard of Polk County launches his campaign