In this fall’s nonpartisan general elections, area voters will choose leaders for several Cleveland County cities and towns as well as members of the county school and water district boards. 

Regular Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, and early voting starts Oct. 22. There is an Oct. 6 primary for City of Shelby voters (only) relating to one City Council seat, with early primary voting Sept. 23-Oct. 3.

The message from Cleveland Dems: Get ready to vote!  Click above or here for FAQs and details about the election, candidates, etc.

News media articles:
Eight more candidates file for city offices, Kings Mountain Herald, July 22, 2015
Vying for votes: Kings Mountain forum hosts candidates, Shelby Star, Sept. 21, 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....

08.07.2015 Local party chairs share thoughts on first GOP debate, The Shelby Daily Star:  Local party chairs in Cleveland County were tuned into Fox News for the first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential election, which took place in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday.

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 Local officials discuss presidential hopefulsThe Shelby Star:  The 2016 Presidential race is already underway with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republicans Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio announcing their candidacies.... (Comments included from CCDP Chair Joyce Sheaffer.)

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.
CCDP Executive Committee meeting Thursday, Oct. 15
The 6:00 p.m. meeting will be held at Ichiban Buffet at 1712 E. Dixon Blvd. in Shelby. In addition to voting members, the meeting is open for attendance by any interested registered Dem in the county--volunteers and newcomers especially welcome.

In advance of the Nov. 3 nonpartisan general election, Democratic candidates for the county school board and district water board have been invited to speak briefly concerning their campaigns.

Other agenda items include updates on the City of Shelby Oct. 6 primary results, fundraising, and county fair activities.

Those wishing to purchase dinner are asked to come early in order to order before the meeting begins.

 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.