Five Democrats top election results for county school board
In the Nov. 3 nonpartisan general election, the top five vote-getters among 17 candidates for the school board in the official canvass are all Democrats. They are Roger Harris, Richard Hooker, Jr., and Shearra Miller, all incumbents, newcomer Jeff Jones, and Jo Boggs, who served earlier terms on the school board and county commision. (A recount Nov. 13 confirmed the winners.)

Read the Shelby Star's article about the election for comments from the five shown at right. 

Elsewhere around the county, municipal elections were held in 13 cities and towns, and water district residents elected commissioners. See all the Nov. 3 results here at the Board of Elections website and the Star article here for information about write-in winners.

"Congratulations to the winners and to all the candidates who offered their services," said Joyce Sheaffer, CCDP chair.

11.17.2010 Christensen: NC population shifts highlight redistricting problem, The Raleigh News & Observer:  That rapidly changing demographics has major implications when the legislature sits down in 2021 to draw the new district lines for Congress and the legislature. It is among the reasons that bipartisan groups are pushing for an independent redistricting effort....

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11.07.2014 Goodwin: The 'stubborn tax' hikes NC premiums, The Raleigh News & Observer:  “I’m frustrated, angry and sad that in many ways our office is prohibited from acting in ways that I expect and the people expect. We can do better, as a state we can do better,” said Goodwin, a Democrat elected statewide....

10.30.2015 We Mapped the Uninsured. You'll Notice a Pattern, The New York Times: Two years into Obamacare, clear regional patterns are emerging about who has health insurance in America and who still doesn’t. The remaining uninsured are primarily in the South and the Southwest. They tend to be poor. They tend to live in Republican-leaning states...

10.12.2025 Cooper formally declares campaign to unseat McCrory, The Raleigh News and Observer: Attorney General Roy Cooper presented himself to voters Monday as a voice for the disenfranchised and began to pitch himself as a leader who would realign North Carolina after three years of Republican domination.

Roy Cooper waves to supporters after he announced he is running for Governor at an event at Nash Community College in Rocky Mounton Monday.

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09.24.2015 NC legislature sets all 2016 primaries for March 15, The Raleigh News and Observer: North Carolinians will likely see all the presidential and statewide race candidates on one combined primary election ballot on March 15...

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09.17.2015 NC House approves negotiated budget in final 81-33 vote, The Raleigh News & Observer: After months of delays and negotiations between the House and Senate, the state’s $21.74 billion budget will become law Friday with Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature....

08.14.2015 In NC legislature, the heartless pick on the jobless, editorial, The Raleigh News and Observer:  The war on the unemployed continues, with cruel irony, from the very place the unemployed should find their strongest defenders and advocates, the General Assembly....

07.10.2015 NC House speaker has new job working for Cleveland CountyThe Raleigh News and Observer:  N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore was hired this week as the new county attorney for Cleveland County, where he lives....

06.26.2015 Ten Days in June, by David Remick in The New Yorker 
What a series of days in American life, full of savage mayhem, uncommon forgiveness, resistance to forgiveness, furious debate, mourning, and, finally, justice and grace.... 

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....

Sharp named to second term 
on Elections Board

Doug Sharp, right, takes the oath of office in July for two more years' service on the Cleveland County Board of Elections. He was appointed by the N. C. state elections board after nomination by CCDP to be the Democratic representative. His oath was administered by District Judge Jeannette Reeves, left, as CCDP Chair Joyce Sheaffer holds the Bible.

Dem leaders
Pictured below are two recently elected to new two-year leadership posts. Joyce Sheaffer, left, is new chair of the Cleveland County Democratic Party. Betsy Wells, right, was recently re-elected 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.

Tenth District Democrats officer team. In addition to Betsy Wells of Cleveland County, elected for her second term as district chair, other officers were elected at the district Democratic convention held in Asheville May 16. They are Axa Wilson of Buncombe County, first vice chair; Chris Thomason of Gaston County, second vice chair; Jonathan S. Wyant of Catawba County, third vice chair; Donna Luckey of Lincoln County, treasurer; and Justin Wallace of Polk County, secretary. The district comprises all or part of Cleveland and six neighboring counties.

Region 2 Democratic Women. Laura Cummings of Kings Mountain was re-elected to a second term as regional director of Democratic Women of North Carolina. Representatives of DWCC chapters in the region met May 30 in Morganton.

Think piece:  State of our state Democratic Party
In the June 27 edition of The Raleigh News and Observer, political writer Rob Christensen reports his interview of Patsy Keever of Asheville, who earlier this year was elected chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party. 

Headline: "Is a Democratic comeback possible?" Keever is positive while realistic about the effort that will be required. She shares information about efforts already underway, and she underscores the fundamental need to reinforce local party organization.

Well worth reading!  If you want to join in the local effort more actively, contact us.

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 at which we'll elect our next president in what may be the largest voter turnout ever. And we'll be seeing the countdown shortly: Dec. 1-21 is the candidate filing period for the primaries set for March 15.

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. What that means is that candidates are deciding and declaring earlier, ready to start primary campaigns in earnest with the New Year. 

Look for more to come here on the offices at stake and filing progress.  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.

From The Shelby Star
Local officials weigh in on first Democratic presidential debate
As the first Democratic debate of the 2016 presidential election was underway in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday night, Cleveland County party leaders were tuned in to CNN to more. 10.14.2015

Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Virginia Sen.

 Thanks to Brenda Lipscomb
Grover precinct folks and friends gathered in mid-September to fete Brenda Lipscomb, who has served the precinct and our party for many years in many capacities. She is relocating to Maryland near family.  Details and photo here.

Dem Women name officers
Leatha Lockhart, below, is the new 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. 

Andy Millard shakes hands with a supporter during an event promoting his bid for Congress. Millard, a former teacher at Grier Junior High School and assistant principal at Holbrook and Hunter Huss, hopes to unseat Rep. Patrick McHenry in the 10th U.S. House District.
Former educator Millard 
eyes U. S. House seat
(Photo and article from The Shelby Star website, Aug. 5, 2015)

People may remember Andy Millard as the teacher they had at Grier Junior High or maybe as assistant principal at Holbrook or Hunter Huss.

Now a 58-year-old financial planner in Polk County, Millard wants people to consider him for rest of article.