May 13, 2016

OCDP Endorses Judge Mike Morgan for Supreme Court

In 2014, Republicans attempted to eliminate each and every one of the Democrats sitting on the North Carolina Supreme Court. And the Republican attempt failed. Thanks to you we re-elected Justice Robin Hudson! We were also able to elect Justice Cheri Beasley and Justice Sam Ervin to serve full terms on the Court as well. Now we need your help again.

Last year the Republicans decided they wanted to preserve their slim one-seat majority on the NC Supreme Court when they passed legislation creating retention elections for justices on the Supreme Court. That law was overturned and a new special primary election has been scheduled for June 7th.

Multiple candidates have filed for this special election, and we must have a Democrat who is a qualified jurist on the General Election ballot. Most of the congressional districts that day will have a Republican primary, but not a Democratic primary. We need to turn out as many Democrats as possible across North Carolina so that we have a viable Democratic candidate on the General Election ballot.

Judge Mike Morgan is one of two Democrats running for an NC Supreme Court seat currently occupied by a Republican seeking re-election. The Orange County Democratic Executive Committee endorses Judge Morgan because of his judicial experience and believes he will make a great Supreme Court justice. Judge Morgan has been serving the people of North Carolina for several decades. He has served as Associate Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, Administrative Law Judge, District Court Judge, and now as a Superior Court Judge. You can visit his website to learn more about him at:

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May 11, 2016

Northern Orange Democrats Breakfast

The judicial elections are critical, and many voters go to the polls with little or no knowledge of the candidates. Judge Vince Rozier is running for election to the NC Court of appeals and will be our guest speaker at the next gathering of the Northern Orange Democrats Breakfast Group on Saturday, May 14. In addition, Samantha Cabe, Sam Cooper and Sherri Murrell, candidates for local judicial seats, will talk about their campaigns: .

Please join us and bring friends:

Northern Orange Democrats Breakfast Group
Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:00 – 10:15am
The Village Diner
600 W King Street
Hillsborough NC 27278

As Judge Rozier states in his campaign literature, "We need judges who know how to follow the law and understand the impact rulings in court have on the lives of North Carolina citizens." Rozier currently is a Wake County District Court Judge, has served in the Wake County District Attorney's Office, and is graduate of NCCU School of Law and UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Cooper and Cabe are competing for a  District Court Judge seat for Orange and Chatham Counties. Murrell is hoping to secure another District Court Judge seat in Chatham and Orange counties. You have met them, and this Saturday, you will have the opportunity to ask more questions.

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March 16, 2016

Onward to November!

The primaries are now over and we know who will be leading our statewide ticket! We will be working very hard to elect Roy Cooper as our next governor, electing a Democratic Council of State and U.S. Senator, and keeping Democrats in the White House. Congratulations to our statewide winners, as well as Mark Marcoplos, Penny Rich, Mark Dorosin, and Renee Price on their elections as county commissioners for the next four years. We also want to congratulate Stephen Halkiotis, Tony McKnight, Matthew Roberts, and Michael Hood on their election to the Orange County Board of Education. Thank you to all candidates who stepped up to run for local office and we hope you’ll stay involved in our community.

Over the next few weeks, we will be working on solidifying out GOTV plans for the fall campaign. We will be in touch with campaigns, including those for Roy Cooper, Deborah Ross, and Josh Stein, on how we can coordinate our efforts here in Orange County. Most importantly beyond Orange County, we will also strategize with our legislative delegation on how best to organize counties with safe seats to help with swing districts so that we may make gains in the legislature to sustain Roy Cooper’s vetoes.

We cannot do this without you. Please consider making a contribution to the OCDP for our efforts this year in the amount of $25, 50, 100, or 250. We had a lot of success in 2014 and aim to have a repeat effort.

Up next will be the county convention. It will be held on April 16th at the Whitted Building (300 West Tryon Street, Hillsborough). Lunch will begin at 11am and convention business will begin at 12pm. Our keynote speakers are Congressman David Price and Gene Nichol. A detailed convention agenda is forthcoming. A resolutions committee will be appointed for the convention. If you’re interested in this, please let me know and I will appoint you to the committee.

I want to give a shout out to Susan Romaine. She did a fabulous job as our acting chair, along with our entire executive leadership team, over the last few months. Her abilities and work ethic made it an easier choice for me to take a leave of absence knowing that the party would be in very capable hands.

Thank you for your support of the OCDP and onward to November!

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March 2, 2016

Early Voting Starts Thursday, March 3

Early voting begins around Orange County on March 3rd. For more information, please visit: 

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January 19, 2016

County Commissioner Forums

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Branch of the NAACP will be holding a county commissioners candidate forum.

Wednesday, February 10 from 7 – 9 PM
OWASA Community Room, 
400 Jones Ferry Road
Carrboro, N.C.

Moderator: Diane Robertson


The Orange County Democratic Party and Orange County Democratic Women are thrilled to jointly host candidate forums for County Commissioner.  Here are the dates, times, and locations for the two candidate forums:

Candidate Forum for District One and At Large Seat

Sunday, February 28th from 4 – 6 PM

Lake Hogan Farms Club House

101 Commons Way, Chapel Hill


            District One Candidates:  Mark Dorosin, Penny Rich, Gary Kahn, Jamezetta Bedford

            At Large Candidates:  Andy Cagle, Matt Hughes, Mark Marcoplos

            Moderator: Mary Bushnell


Candidate Forum for District Two and At Large Seat

Wednesday, March 2nd from 7 – 9 PM

Orange County Public Library

137 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough


            District Two Candidates:  Renee Price, Bonnie Hauser

            At Large Candidates: Andy Cagle, Matt Hughes, Mark Marcoplos

            Moderator: Vicki Boyer


The format for both forums will be as follows:  one-minute introductory statements by the candidates, two rounds of the same question for each of the candidates, one round of candidate-specific questions, questions from the audience, and one-minute closing statements.  More details to follow as we get closer to the candidate forums.

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