Three Democratic candidates top ballot  in November 2017  school board election
For the first time, Nov. 7 ballots for four seats on the Cleveland County Board of Education listed the party affiliation of the nine candidates. The contest was made partisan instead of non-partisan (as in the past) by action of the N. C. state legislature earlier this year. 

Election returns showed three Democrats and one Republican winning the four seats.  Democrat Phillip Glover, incumbent board chair seeking his fourth term. was the top vote-getter. Democrats  Coleman Hunt and Dena Green, both newcomers, were second and third. Republican incumbent Danny Blanton was fourth. Another Democrat, Tommy C. Greene, was just shy of the top four by some 150 votes.

The school board has nine members, including five more whose terms extend to 2019. Of those five, although not elected as partisan candidates, four are registered Democrats and one is a registered Republican. So, if viewed solely by party, the Nov. 7 election will give Democrats a 7-2 majority on the board. 

Special thanks to candidates

CCDP offers its warmest thanks to all the local citizens who volunteered for public service by running as candidates in the Nov.7 election, with a special salute to those who join with us as registered Democrats.

Non-partisan elections were held across the county to elect leaders of our towns, cities, and water board, with several mayors and local board members on ballots. 

As customary,the results reflect winners and losers, incumbents and newcomers, surprises and disappointments. See all the municipal election results here.

Biggest winner? We citizens and communities, with leaders willing to serve. Thanks, candidates.

Region 2 Democratic Women elect 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.

It's  not too early to be thinking about the Nov. 6, 2018, general election. Candidate filing is underway !  Click to read about offices to be filled, key dates, and legislative changes. Also see who has filed to date for the various offices.

CCDP 'adopts' state senator, raises funds  
A recent edition of Good News About Democrats, published by the N. C. Democratic Party, features front-page news from CCDP's Nov. 4 "Adopt A Senator" event, held in Shelby. Read about it here!

Two honored as Stars at 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. 

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.