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The Cleveland County Democratic Party (CCDP) will hold its annual county convention at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017, in the auditorium of the Cleveland County Office Extension Building at 130 S. Post Rd. in Shelby....

Calling local Democrats! If you’d like to take a more active role in politics or renew your party connections, mark your calendars to attend your precinct’s annual Democratic organizational meeting coming up soon....

And what are they for, anyway? Here's a short answer. See more at Our Party: How We Work
The Democratic Party is a decades-old volunteer organization built from the grassroots up by and for people registered to vote as Democrats....

he Cleveland County Democratic Party capped the 2016 presidential-election year with a resolution of thanks, encouragement for elections ahead, and commitment to build on party foundation in place....

Friends, it’s time for us to draw deep, renew our resolve, and get CCDP organized for the new two-year election cycle ahead and the challenges it will surely bring. Let’s start by turning out for our first 2017 party meeting Thursday, Jan. 12!....

11-2016 Election follow-up (various articles from the Home page, reporting election results, Obama and Clinton statements, and thanks to CCDP volunteers for campaign help)     

11-09-2016 Election 2016 coverage (various articles about campaign events and candidates)

We've been busy working in our new campaign headquarters and invite local Dems and friends to come by for an official opening party on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m....


Delegates from seven area counties gathered in Shelby Saturday, May 21, for the Tenth Congressional District Democratic convention. The district includes Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Polk, and Rutherford counties, the Asheville area of Buncombe County, and part of Catawba County....

If past experience is an indicator, voter turnout for the June 7 special primary may be dismally low. But this one's crucial, involving our state's highest court. Let's commit together to get ourselves and others out to vote.....

The Cleveland County Register of Deeds office opened as usual at 8:00 a.m. Monday, May 2, to serve citizens, with a new leader at the helm...

Among the many attending an April 28  retirement reception for Bonnie E. Reece were fellow register of deeds officials from seven other area counties. The festive reception was held in the Register of Deeds office in the Cleveland County Administration Building, where Mrs. Reece has served as register since 1995....

This year’s elections were the focus of the annual convention of the Cleveland County Democratic Party April 16 in Shelby. The event was held at the County Office Building auditorium, festively decked out in red, white, and blue....

Gathered in annual convention Saturday, April 16, Cleveland County Democratic Party delegates unanimously adopted resolutions honoring three who offered the community their services in public office and otherwise. Bonnie E. Reece will retire April 30 after serving since1995 as Cleveland County Register of Deeds. The late Jim Horn was elected to the N. C. House of Representatives, and his late brother,  Charlie Horn, was a District 27B judge. Jim died in March 2015, and Charlie died in February this year, each after lifetimes of service to community in many additional capacities....
Plans are coming together for the party's annual convention April 16 in the auditorium of the Cleveland County Office Building at 130 S. Post Rd. in Shelby. See the Call to Convention for details., and learn more in this Shelby Star article about the convention.

At its meeting March 10, the CCDP Executive Committee voted unanimously to recommend that Debi Mull Harrill be named to fill the unexpired term of veteran Cleveland County Register of Deeds Bonnie E. Reece, right, who is retiring early effective April 30. Read the details and about Reece's tenure in this Shelby Star article....

Statewide and in Cleveland County, registered voters voting Democratic ballots chose as party nominees Hillary Clinton for president and Roy Cooper for governor. The party also chose its nominees for a number of other offices contested in the March 15 election....

It's time to set our sights on the November 2016 general election in which we'll elect our next president with what may be the largest voter turnout ever. And we'll be seeing the campaigns in earnest shortly: Dec. 1-21 was the candidate filing period for the primaries set for March 15. The field is set! 

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.)...

10.01.2015 November nonpartisan general election coming up
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. 22The message from Cleveland Dems: Get ready to vote!  Click here for FAQs and details about the election, candidates, etc.

09.20.2015 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.

07.10.2015 Sharp named to second term on county 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. 

05.20.2015 Dem Women name officers
Leatha Lockhart, left, is the 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.  

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...

02.13.2015 Annual county convention looks toward 2016 (news release)
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. The Cleveland County Democratic Party convened Saturday morning (April 11) at the County Office Building auditorium in Shelby, decked out in red, white, and blue....

The annual Cleveland County Democratic Convention will be held Saturday, April 11, in the auditorium of the County Office Building at 130 S. Post Rd. in Shelby, across from the community college.....

02.13.2015 Annual Democratic precinct organizational meetings slated Feb. 23-27
Become a part of our Party. If you’re an active registered Democrat in Cleveland County and support progressive causes and candidates, please turn out and take part in our annual Democratic precinct organizational meetings this season. This is a great chance to get “on the inside” and get involved in what the party does....

02.08.2015  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!

From CCDP Chair Robin Smith:  Please join us at the Thursday, Feb. 12, meeting of the CCDP Executive Committee, our first of the new year and the last before our annual precinct meetings in late February and county convention in April....

Calling Dem volunteers! If you can help out at early voting and Election Day polling places for a few hours, you'll be giving a big boost to our slate well beyond your much-appreciated vote....

09.24.2014 Democrats at Cleveland County Fair:  CCDP was in its traditional place in Dorton Exhibit Hall at the county fairgrounds Sept. 25-Oct. 5...

09.25.2015  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 
ring 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.du

With other Democrats across the state, our local party has endorsed the five non-partisan judicial candidates for higher courts who are campaigning together as the Fair Judges slate for N. C. ...

The focus was on voting--and voting early!--as Moral Monday came to the Carolina Foothills Sept. 8 with a gathering on the historic old courthouse square in Shelby....

09.01.2014  CCDP Executive Committee meeting 09.04.2014, notice/details

Contrary to early discussions with CCDP and others in the community, the Cleveland County Board of Elections is moving to put in place immediately (before the November 2014 election) two mergers involving some Shelby precincts...

Our Democratic party slate is complete with both popular incumbents that were unopposed for the party's nomination as well as some newcomer nominees chosen in the the spring primaries....

With other Democrats across the state, our local party has endorsed the five non-partisan judicial candidates for higher courts who are campaigning together as the Fair Judges slate for N. C.....

08.12.2014 Betsy Wells recognized Aug. 8 as  'Distinguished Woman'at banquet
The Cleveland County Commission on Women honored three local residents at its 22nd annual Distinguished Women's Banquet at LeGrand Center Aug. 8 in Shelby. One was Grover's Betsy Wells, stalwart of our Dem party at all levels....

The Cleveland County Board of Elections will meet at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 8, in the Commissioners Chamber of the Cleveland County Administration Building at 311 E. Marion St.in Shelby, not at the Elections Board office where it usually does....

The Cleveland County Board of Elections held public hearings June 23 and 24 on its proposal to merge some Shelby voting precincts, expecting to take final action at its regular July 8 meeting to initiate the merger process...

The Cleveland County Democratic Party has provided formal objection to the Board’s taking action now and has asked the Board todefer until after the 2016 presidential election any consideration of precinct boundary changes.The following summarizes our written comments provided the Board.....   Data, charts

Doris W. Williams of Woodbridge community has been elected new treasurer of the Cleveland County Democratic Party. She succeeds Robin Smith of Kings Mountain, former treasurer who recently was elected party chair....

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall rallied area Democrats May 17 to firm for their causes and candidates as campaigning gets underway in earnest for the November general election....

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will keynote the annual convention of Tenth Congressional District Democrats Saturday, May 17, in Shelby. Delegates will attend from the Democratic organizations in seven counties having voters in the Tenth District....

Meet him in Shelby 3:00 pm, Saturday, April 26 , help support the bus tour


04.08.2014 Dem county convention: looking toward elections ahead (news release)
Cleveland County Democrats gathered in annual convention Saturday to cheer on their candidates, adopt resolutions, elect a new chair, and rally for what’s expected to be a hard-fought November general election.....

04.08.2014 Album: Cleveland County Democratic Convention 2014

Gearing up for what’s sure to be a hard-fought general election in November, Cleveland County Democrats will gather Saturday, April 5, for the county party’s annual spring convention....   Party Post: convention preview, details


Gearing for the political year ahead, Cleveland County’s Democratic precinct organizations will hold their annual meetings in early March, leading up to party conventions later this spring and the November general election....

02.19.2014 Dem groups to meet in regional cluster March 4, 5, 6
Cleveland County Democrats will hold their annual precinct meetings in early March, in advance of the county, district, and state Democratic conventions. (See Map and Details of cluster meetings, Q & A, and response form.)

The process is underway to merge the Boiling Springs and Holly Springs precincts into a new precinct to be called Broad River Precinct, and to merge the Shelby 4 and Shelby 8 precincts into a new precinct which will have the Shelby 4 name..... 

01.02.2014 New N. C. voter law challenged, but stay prepared
The GOP-majority N. C. General Assembly made drastic changes to state voting law in closing days of its 2013 session, including new voter ID requirements and cut-back in early voting days. Lawsuits seek to overturn the law. But the outcome is uncertain, so keep your registration updated. More about the law and status of challenges here....

In 2013, three Democratic conventions were held in Cleveland County. The first, in April, was CCDP's annual county convention. Then two others held in Cleveland for the first time ever gave us an opportunity to host visitors from other Carolina counties. Tenth District Democrats gathered in May at the County Office Building for their first convention since redistricting changed boundaries. And Democratic Women of North Carolina chose our LeGrand Center for its 53rd annual state convention in September. Click the link for slide shows and news articles.

0925.2014 Three Clevelanders honored as 'Stars' at DWNC convention
A highlight of the 2013 DWNC state convention, held in Shelby in September, was the festive banquet honoring Democratic Stars. Nominated by county party organizations across the state, Stars were announced at the banquet with a special slideshow, certificates, and thanks for their support for the party. Shown at left are three local Stars. They are Mary Degree and Betsy Wells, nominated by Cleveland County Democratic Women, and Pat Poston, nominated by the Cleveland County Democratic Party. All active for years in support of Democrats, Degree is currently District 2 director of the N. C. NAACP, Wells is chair of Tenth District Democrats, and Poston is CCDP secretary.

Brenda Lipscomb of Grover has been elected president of Democratic Women of Cleveland County, succeeding Julie Stockton who resigned as she recovers from an injury. Lipscomb has been the group's vice president. Elected to succeed her as vice president is Leatha Lockhart of Grover.....

Cleveland County’s LeGrand Center here will be the site of the 53rd annual state convention of Democratic Women of North Carolina Sept. 20-22. Approximately 200 are expected to hear political leaders, strategize ahead of 2014 general elections, and work on the nuts and bolts of turning North Carolina “blue” again. Among speakers will be U. S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), shown at right, who writes that she’s happy the convention is to be in the town where she was born....

06.20.2013  Patsy Keever named first vice chair of N. C. Democrats
Patsy Keever of Asheville was elected to fill the vacant position of first vice chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party June 17. She is immediate past chair of Buncombe County Dems and a former state representative and candidate for Congress.  Writing to state Dems after her election at a meeting of the party's State Executive Committee, she said, "...I look forward to meeting and working with you in your communities. Our party has faced moments of turbulence in recent memory, but our spirit is undeterred. The moment has come for us to redefine our party and what it means to be a Democrat."

Julie Stockton of Boiling Springs, left, is the new president of Democratic Women of Cleveland County, succeeding Betsy Wells of Grover in the post.....

A call to action toward victory in 2014 general elections brought an enthusiastic response from delegates to the 10th Congressional District Democratic Convention here today. 

Democrats from the seven counties now in the 10th Congressional district will come together here Saturday, May 18, for their first annual convention since redistricting changed their map. The convention will be gaveled to order at 12:00 noon at the Cleveland County Office Building auditorium at 130 S. Post Rd. after morning workshops and preliminary events....

04.19.2013 Democrats look to future at 2013 county convention
Cleveland County Democrats came together in annual convention April 13 to celebrate, get a head start on the two-year election cycle just beginning, elect party leaders, and make their views loud and clear on two thorny matters before the N. C. Legislature. Read our news release summarizing the event, view our convention slideshow, and see posts below for other convention news.

04.19.2013 Party resolutions affirm stance on proposed legislation affecting education, voter rights
Cleveland Dems oppose Republican-led efforts in the N. C. legislature that the party believes would unnecessarily restrict the right of citizens to vote and would harm the state's public education system. In annual convention April 13, they unanimously approved formal resolutions (read them here) to be sent to the county's legislators, the governor, and others involved. Add your individual voice to the party's by contacting legislators about these issues today. 

04.19.2013  Memorial resolutions honor lives, service
In annual convention, Cleveland County Democrats voted unanimously to adopt resolutions remembering the lives and service of three late residents of the Casar precinct long active in the party. Put forward by present leaders in the precinct, the resolutions honor William L. Walker, Kenneth Meade, and Andrew Pruett. 

A key business item at Cleveland Dems' annual convention was the election of party leaders for the next two years....

Statesville attorney David P. Parker will keynote Cleveland County Democrats’ annual convention, to be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 13, in the auditorium of the county office building at 130 S. Post Rd. in Shelby....

Across our county in March, Democrats will gather in their precincts for the annual meetings that are the foundation of our party. Local precinct chairs are in the process of scheduling the location and times for these meetings. See the chart for those scheduled so far....

02.18.2013  Mark calendar: key party events underway this spring
Turning from the November 2012 general election and celebration of President Obama's inauguration for a second term, North Carolina and Cleveland County Democrats are gearing for the next two-year election cycle getting underway. These events are coming up....
IIf you disagree with changes to the state unemployment system being put forth by some legislators, it’s urgent that you contact Gov. Pat McCrory and our representatives right now. A new bill that would make the changes law is proposed for quick action by the legislature, convening Wednesday, and Gov. McCrory says he’ll decide shortly whether to support or change....


10.13.2012  Rep. Keever to speak at Gardner-Hoey Breakfast
N. C. Rep. Patsy Keever of Asheville, herself a distinguished leader, will be keynote speaker at the second annual Fay Webb Gardner-Bess Hoey Breakfast, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, in the sparkling new LeGrand Center on the campus of Cleveland Community College....Click here for details and to reserve your tickets!

09.04.2012  President Obama's convention speech moved indoors, chartered bus for Clevelanders canceled
Because thunder storms are forecast, organizers of the National Democratic Convention have made the decision to hold the President's acceptance speech indoors in Time Warner arena rather than Bank of America stadium as previously planned. The move necessarily will mean that many who had tickets to hear the President won't get to hear him in person--at least at this time. The DNC is promising that all who had credentials will get an opportunity to see the President before the election. A chartered bus intended to take Clevelanders to the event has been cancelled. It's hoped many will attend local "watch" parties for the speech.

08.23.2012  Carpenter, Smith delegates to Democratic National Convention
Nick Carpenter of Shelby, left, and Robin Smith of Kings Mountain, right, will represent Cleveland and other counties in the Tenth Congressional District at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte Sept.. 4-6. Click here for our earlier article about the election of Carpenter, one of the convention's youngest delegates, and here for our earlier article about Smith's election.  

08.23.2011  Great way to spend Labor Day Sept. 3
Cleveland County folks and families are invited to take part in CarolinaFest2012, the Labor Day celebration kicking off the 2012 Democratic National Convention in uptown Cbbharlotte. Click here to read all about the festive, free, family-friendly event, including a parade, program of speakers and musicians, expositions, interactive exhibits, and free or reduced admission to Charlotte cultural attractions.

08.23.2012 Chartered bus for Cleveland convention goers
President Barack Obama will accept our party's nomination for his re-election Thursday evening, Sept. 6, in Bank of America stadium in Charlotte. Many Clevelanders are hoping to be among the thousands gathered to hear him--and now there's a plan for a chartered bus to make the trip there and back a lot easier....  

Because redistricting changed the boundaries of the N. C. Tenth Congressional District, new Tenth Democratic officers have been elected to succeed those "redistricted out."  Cleveland County's Betsy Wells is the new Tenth Democrats chair....

On June 16, North Carolina Democrats completed the selection of their delegates to the Democratic National Convention to be held in Charlotte in September, and Robin Smith of Kings Mountain is among them...... 

Cleveland County’s Betsy Wells was elected June 16 to be one of the 15 persons representing North Carolina in the Electoral College if President Obama and Vice President Biden carry the state in the 2012 general election as they did in 2008....
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06.01.2012   McDevitt keynotes festive party event
Dozens of Cleveland County Democrats gathered May 31, 2012, for the party's Century Club Gala, raising funds for the fall general election campaign while greatly enjoying the fellowship of like-minded friends.....

The Cleveland County Democratic Party will hold its 2012 Century Club fundraiser dinner at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at Cleveland Country Club in Shelby. Keynoting the program will be speaker John T. McDevitt, the former sheriff of Burke County and now Democratic candidate for the District 46 seat in the N. C. State Senate....
Nick Carpenter of Shelby, third vice chair of the Cleveland County Democratic Party, has been named an official North Carolina delegate to the 2012 Democratic Convention scheduled for September in Charlotte. He’ll take his place among other delegates from across the country in shaping the party’s platform and formally nominating President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as the party’s standard-bearers in the fall general election.....

05.11.2012  Keever, McDevitt taking no break as fall campaign launches: local Dems gearing to support party slate
News release from May 10, 2012, meeting of the Cleveland County Democratic Party Executive Committee.

04.30.2012 May 2: It's Arrie Ellis Day
County Democrats voted unanimously in 2011 convention to observe May 2 (her birthday) as Arrie Ellis Day, in tribute and recognization of her long service to community and country. The late Ms. Ellis was the county's first woman mayor, serving as Earl mayor for 20 years. On her 90th birthday, Earl's town hall was named the Arrie B. Ellis Municipal Building in her honor. Read more about her distinguished career in April 29, 2011, Shelby Star article.

The Cleveland County Democratic Party will hold its 2012 Century Club fundraiser dinner at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at Cleveland Country Club in Shelby. Keynoting the program will be speaker John T. McDevitt, the former sheriff of Burke County and now Democratic candidate for the District 46 seat in the N. C. State Senate....

On May 19 Democrats across North Carolina will gather in annual Congressional district annual conventions......  

Local Democrats will gather Saturday, April 14, for the annual Cleveland County Democratic Convention--another step in the party process that will culminate in the nomination of Barack Obama to be standard-bearer in the presidential election in November. The convention will be called to order at 10:00 a. m. in the auditorium of the Cleveland County Office (Agriculture) Building at 130 S. Post Rd. in Shelby, with registration starting at 9:00 a.m.....

03.17.2012  Shelby No. 1 Precinct to hold organizational meet March 20 
Calling all registered Democrats who live in Shelby Precinct No. 1:  plan to take part in a party organizational meeting for the precinct at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, in the Dover YMCA gBoard Room at 1411 Cherryville Rd. in Shelby. The meeting's purposes are to elect officers for the party precinct unit, elect delegates to the upcoming county Democratic convention, and share updates on party activities. This precinct wasn't organized during the regular party processes over the past year.  Page Morgan is serving as acting chair for the mgeeting to make it "official" again..

02.28.2012  At the grassroots: 2012 Cleveland County Democratic precinct meetings
Across our county, Democrats will gather in their precincts for the annual meetings that are the foundation of our party and begin the process that in 2012 will result in the nomination of Barack Obama to be our presidential nominee. More....

02.24.2011  Want to volunteer for 2012 Dem National Convention?  Here's how
The Democratic National Convention slated for Charlotte in September will need more than 10,000 volunteers to help, and organizers have announced the process for those interested to get their names on the prospective volunteer list. Go to the official convention website volunteer page, register, and fill out a questionnaire, including the kind of volunteer work you'd like. For an overview, read the Charlotte Observer's Feb. 24 news article

02.23.2012  Voting sites won't change in advance of May primary
The North Carolina Board of Elections has denied a request by the Cleveland County Board of Elections to consolidate some precinct voting places in the county prior to the May primary election. The local board on Feb. 6 in less-than-unanimous action had voted to reduce the number of voting sites in Shelby from eight to four and eliminate the Holly Springs voting site. The state board said there's insufficient time before the May primary to make the change. See the Feb. 23 Shelby Star report

The Cleveland County Board of Elections in less-than-unanimous action voted Feb. 6 to consolidate precinct polling places in Shelby from eight to four and eliminate the voting site in Holly Springs precinct.  The Cleveland County Democratic Party, concerned that voter turnout will be negatively affected by the change and short notice, has formally asked the Board of Elections to rescind its action and not consider polling place consolidation until after the coming primary and general elections. More indlucing CCDP letter and resoution...
 
U. S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)  returned to her native county Feb. 21 for a "Conversation with Kay" session with local constituents. Greeting her and her constituent staff warmly at the Life Enrichment Center in Shelby was a roomful of local folks, taking advantage of her invitation to come and chat about what's on their minds.  More...
 
02-11-2012  Sen. Hagan in county Feb. 21
U. S.Sen. Kay R.Hagan (D-NC) is coming to Cleveland County Tuesday, Feb. 21, for a visit with local citizens. Open to the public, the nonpartisan “Conversations with Kay” session will be held at the Life Enrichment Center, located at 110 Life Enrichment Boulevard in Shelby, N. C. Sen. Hagan will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to meet with constituents and talk with them about their concerns. Her constituent services staff will be on site from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon to help people navigate issues with federal agencies such as the VA, IRS, or Social Security Administration. Cick here to sign up for Sen. Hagan’s newsletter and visit her official website.
 
Members of the Young Democrats of North Carolina chapter at Shelby High School wanted to do more to help needy youth over the recent holidays. In years past, they’ve contributed toward gifts for one or two needy children at Christmas time. But in 2011, they resolved to do more, reach more people and directly address a real need in Cleveland County—the hunger that goes with a poverty rate nearly 25 percent of the population. More...
 
Three days after announcing she is running against U. S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC 10), Patsy Keever of Asheville was in Shelby Monday, Nov. 21, to meet with local Democratic Women and to enlist support for her primary campaign and defeating what she called “the Republican war on women." .......

Celebrating their heritage at the Oct. 22 Fay Gardner-Bess Hoey Breakfast, Cleveland County Democratic Women members were delighted with a late 1970s Shelby Star clipping  shared by Marelena Gold of Shelby.  ,,,,

Speaking Oct. 22 at the Fay Gardner-Bess Hoey Breakfast in Shelby, O. Max Gardner III interwove warm stories of his grandmother and great-aunt--both N. C. First Ladies from Cleveland County--with encouragement to local Democrats to stand strong at a time pivotal for the nation’s future.  More...
  
10-01-2011   Booth shows party spirit
Fall brings the Cleveland County Fair, and with it the traditional gathering of local political parties in their exhibit hall booths, good-naturedly facing each other across the aisle.  More...
 
The Tenth Congressional District Young Democrats chair is one of the most experienced political hands in Cleveland County. He is Nick Carpenter, 18, a senior at Shelby High School.  More...
 
The year-long countdown to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte has started! On Sept. 6, 2012, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are slated to accept our party's nomination for re-election. To mark the date, organizers of the event held a countdown rally at Time Warner Arena attended by approximately 2,000 North Carolinians and party officials.  More...
 
Sam Spencer of Davidson, president of the North Carolina Young Democrats organization, visited Shelby Saturday, June 4, to lead installation of 2011-2013 officers for the Cleveland County Young Democrats chapter. More... 

Cleveland County Democratic Women installed newly elected officers at the group's monthly meeting.  More...
 
05.01.2011   Dems honor a Cleveland County history maker (Shelby Star)
At the age when most people start thinking about retirement, Arrie Ellis embarked on a new career.  More....
 
Delegates from Cleveland County precincts gathered in Kings Mountain today for the Democratic Party’s annual county convention, electing new party leaders and organizing for the two years ahead that will include elections from courthouse to White House and a national party convention in nearbby Charlotte.  More...