Weather bulletin:  annual meetings for Dem precinct organizations in Shelby have been canceled for Thursday, Feb. 26; check back for rescheduled dates    

Calling local Dems: annual precinct organizational meetings coming up

The Cleveland County Democratic Party will hold annual precinct organizational meetings across the county the week of Feb. 23. If you're an active, interested Democrat registered to vote in the county, turn out for your precinct's meeting and help us get started on the path to success in 2016's exciting presidential-year election.2015 precinct meeting overviewPrecinct organizations are our party's foundation building blocks, and a good place to start and continue being involved in party activities.  The meetings are open to registered Dems, they're free, and they typically take less than an hour. 

Both experienced volunteers and newcomers are welcome. Formal precinct meetings such as these with quorums are required for a precinct to be considered "organized" and eligible to send voting delegates to the annual county Democratic convention, set for April 11 this year. 

Participation in precinct meetings is especially important this year, says CCDP Dem Chair Robin Smith. Recent mergers creating new and larger precincts are requiring that "new" Democratic precinct organizations be formed, too.  Read more here about about this February's meetings, agenda, and opportunities for you. See this page for general information about how our party depends on precinct organizations countywide to nationwide. Need more info? Contact us.

Planning to attend or interested in precinct and convention activities? Use this form to RSVP and tell us of your interests.

Bright spots, disappointments
in November general election
In a November 2014 general election in which Republicans made significant gains nationwide and statewide, Cleveland County voters gave a resounding thumbs up to the re-election of incumbent local Democratic officeholders who have served them well over the past four years.

Sheriff Alan Norman was re-elected to his second term with 81.49 percent of the vote, and County Commissioner Eddie Holbrook was re-elected as top vote-getter among the three candidates vying for two seats on the board. Mitzi McGraw Johnson, clerk of Superior Court, was re-elected unopposed. Also unopposed and elected for an other term were District Judge Ali Paksoy, Jr., and County Soil & Water Supervisor Roger Eaker, Democrats in non-partisan offices.

Democrats weren't successful in capturing a second seat on the County Commission and filling offices coming open including district attorney and coroner, notwithstanding spirited campaigns by Dem candidates. Incumbent Republicans retained seats uncontested in N. C. House Districts 110 and 111. Republican incumbents also won against Dem challengers in U. S. Congress District 10 and N. C. Senate District 46.

Find information about our candidates here and visit the Board of Elections website to see overall election results.

Two saluted as 'Stars' at state DWNC convention
Leatha Lockhart, left, and Laura Cummings, right, both of Cleveland County, were honored at the festive "Stars" banquet held during the annual state convention of Democratic Women of North Carolina. The convention was held Sept. 19-21 in New Bern. They were recognized as "Stars" for leadership in encouraging voting and grassroots involvement in politics.

The two were nominated by the Cleveland County chapter of DWNC. Lockhart is vice president of the local organization, and Cummings is treasurer.

DWCC is an active affiliate organization of the Cleveland County Democratic Party.

Wells recognized at 2014 Distinguished Women's fete
A host of friends who have worked with Betsy Wells in politics and otherwise over the years were present to see her recognized Aug. 8 as a 2014 "Distinguished Woman" at the annual banquet held by the Cleveland County Commission on Women. Read more.

Williams elected treasurer
At the mid-June meeting of CCDP's Executive Committee, Doris Williams, right, , was elected party treasurer. She'll fill the unexpired term of former treasurer Robin Smith, whom we elected party chair in April. Read about Doris in our news release here. "We're looking forward to working with her on the officers' team and the Executive Committee," Chair Smith said.

Patsy Keever elected new chair of N. C. Democrats
Patsy Keever of Asheville and our Tenth Congressional District was elected new chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party at a meeting of its State Executive Committee (SEC) in Pittsboro Feb. 7. Keever has been serving as the party's first vice chair. She succeeds Randy Voller of Pittsboro in the chair's post. Cleveland County members of the SEC were on hand to cast votes. Read about the meeting and election here and here. See NCDP's Facebook page for the photos below and several more. It was a lively meeting!

At left, Keever congratulated by outgoing NCDP Chair Randy Voller. 
Above, the several hundred SEC members representatives representing county Democrats across the state.

Sworn in: Mitzi McGraw Johnson, left, was sworn in Dec. 2, 2014, for her third term as Cleveland County Clerk of Superior Court. She was re-elected unopposed in the November general election.
Photo Shelby Star: Alan Norman greets supporters. Read Star article: Sheriff retains seat in landslide win

Media scan
01.17.2015 President Obama finally has his Pickety moment, by Matt O'Brien in The Washington Post
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12.31.2014  NC Democrats look ahead after few 2014 victories, by Gary D. Robertson in Raleigh News & Observer
Democrats still trying to figure out their comeback in North Carolina politics found more obstacles in 2014....

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After more than five years of elusive gains, ordinary Americans may finally be about to see the benefits of the recovery where it really counts: in their pocketbooks and wallets....

11.19.2014 D.G. Martin: Jim Leutze wants his state back, Salisbury Post
“I am mad as hell and I want my state back.” Former UNC-Wilmington Chancellor Jim Leutze wanted to use this phrase as the title for his new book about modern North Carolina history and politics. Eventually, he settled on another provocative title, “Entering North Carolina: Set Clocks Back 100 Years,” which The Charlotte Observer book columnist Dannye Romine Powell has named “best book title of the year....”

11.18.2014 Prospects to expand Medicaid services in NC dim for 2015, Raleigh News and Observer
Any plan Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration presents for expanding Medicaid would have a tough time getting through the state legislature....

11.11.2014 The most purple of states, by Thomas Mills in PoliticsNC
The 2014 election didn’t really change much in North Carolina. It just proved that North Carolina is still the most purple of states....

Voters in the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina elected Thom Tillis over incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan because of concerns about the economy and the president....