March 24, 2015

March 23, 2015 OCDP Orange Peel

All-Precinct Resolutions Committee Meeting

The 2015 Resolutions Committee will be holding an all-precinct resolutions meeting to consider additional resolutions from precincts and/or individuals ahead of the County Convention. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 31st at 6pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room C. If you have anything you’d like the Committee to consider, please email Committee chair Renee Price at

March OCDW Meeting

The OCDW will be holding a public information meeting on Thursday, March 26th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 North Roberson Street, Chapel Hill. A light supper will be catered by Mama Dips at 6:30pm with the program beginning at 7:00pm.

Learn about how to local programs are helping children and families and how their work may impact your family. Presenters will include Tabith Blackwell from Chapel Hill/Carrboro Youth Forward and Meredith Stewart from the Family Success Alliance.

Child care is available. If you need child care or know someone who would to attend this meeting, please fill out the form at this link: or call 919-523-7761.

YDNC/CDNC Convention

The Young Democrats and College Democrats of North Carolina will be holding their joint convention this weekend (March 27 through March 29) in Chapel Hill. You don’t have to be a Young or College Democrats to attend the convention. This year’s honorary convention chair is State Representative Graig Meyer and this year’s luncheon keynote is Gene Nichol. For more information, including how to attend and how you may sponsor this year’s YDNC/CDNC convention, please

Northern Orange Breakfast

On March 28th, at the Northern Orange Democratic Breakfast, Allison Mahaley, political activist and member of Orange Durham Americans United, will explain what Americans United is doing both locally and nationally to protect religious freedom. Allison is a resident of Hillsborough, and has become dynamically involved in her community and the Democratic Party after a career in public education.

Orange Durham Americans United [AU] was founded in 2013 as a local chapter of the American United for the Separation of Church and State, a non-profit watchdog group that works to protect religious freedom for all. AU is an organization made of people from many faiths and no faith at all, all united in keeping religion out of politics and politics out of religion.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
9:00am – 10:15am
The Village Diner
600 West King St, Hillsborough


2015 Orange County Democratic Convention

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Lunch and Social Hour: 11AM
Convention Business: Noon

Richard Whitted Human Services Building
300 West Tryon Street, Hillsborough

Lunch is $13 and will be catered by the Pig Restaurant.
You may pre-pay for your lunch ticket by clicking this link.

You may also sponsor the convention lunch at the $50, $75, or $100 levels at the link above or by contacting Matt Hughes ( or 919-537-9568)

The road to 2016 is now!
Join us for fellowship with your fellow Democrats as we elect party officers, hear from our elected leaders, discuss the issues facing our state, and consider resolutions from the precincts. Additional information may be found on the OCDP website at

Note: You do not need to be a delegate to attend the County Convention.
This event is open to the public.

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February 19, 2015

Pledge to Attend Your Precinct Meeting

The annual precinct meeting is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, discuss the issues facing our great state, and help build your party leading into 2016. Last year we saw a tremendous amount of effort and energy in the local party and it is all because of folks like you. Let’s keep that momentum going for our community and our state by participating in your precinct meeting! (more…)

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February 11, 2015

2/10/2015 OCDP Orange Peel

The February 10th, 2015 OCDP Orange Peel highlights election of a new state chair, OCDP’s fundraising, precinct meetings, nominations for OCDP offices, and county resolutions.

State Committee Elects Patsy Keever Chair
600+ Democratic activists, party leaders, and elected officials gathered in Pittsboro on Saturday to elect new officers for the North Carolina Democratic Party. The State Party’s Executive Committee elected 1st vice chair and former state representative Patsy Keever to lead the party. She will be joined by 1st Vice Chair Zack Hawkins, 2nd Vice Chair Veleria Levy, 3rd Vice Chair Andy Ball and Secretary Melvin Williams.

Prior to the vote Chair Keever said, “It matters what happens in North Carolina, so it matters what each of us does. We have a lot of work to do and I’m ready to get started.”

2015 Precinct Meetings Announced
Precinct Meetings for 2015 have been announced! You may get the most up-to-date listing of precinct meetings by clicking the link below. Please note that there are some precinct meetings still to be announced. Our website is the best source for up-to-date information regarding precinct meetings.


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January 23, 2015

OCDP Orange Peel – January 23, 2015

NC Young Democrats Convention Coming to Chapel Hill

North Carolina’s Teen, College, and Young Democrats have announced that 2015 State Convention will be held in Chapel Hill, N.C. from Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 28.

The 2015 convention marks the first time in several years that the convention has been held in Chapel Hill. The keynote luncheon will begin at 11:00 on Saturday, March 28 and will take place at the Sheraton Chapel Hill at 1 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill. Rooms for attendees are available at discounted rates at the Sheraton Chapel Hill. More information can be found

Northern Orange Democrats Breakfast Group

Sergeant Butch Clark, Crime Prevention Officer for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, sends out daily crime reports with information from the field, such as: “The victim advised his guns were taken out of the safe from a building on the property…” The new gun laws have been an issue of concern in both the urban and rural parts of the county. People are wondering if a gun buy-back program would be possible and if such a program would reduce theft and the unlawful use of guns and other firearms.

Please join the Northern Orange Democrats Breakfast Group on Saturday, January 24th, as we hear Sergeant Clark talk about public safety, law enforcement and how individuals and neighborhoods can deter criminal activity for safe working and living environments. 
Saturday, January 24, 2015
9:00 – 10:15 am
Village Diner
600 West King St
Hillsborough NC

OCDP Office Clean-Up!

It’s only January but the Orange County Democratic Party’s office is in need of a spring cleaning.  So, please join us for some cleaning and camaraderie to kick-off the off-year election season.

When:  Saturday, January 31st from 9 – 12 (even one or two hours of your time would be greatly appreciated)Where:  OCDP Office at 209 Lloyd Street #310, Carrboro

Bribes:  Krispy Kreme donuts with coffee and juice

RSVP:  Susan Romaine at or 919-619-3408

If you’re willing to donate cleaning supplies (paper towels, hand soap, toilet paper, etc), we’d certainly appreciate it!

Hope to see you on the 31st!

County Executive Committee

The Orange County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee will be meeting nextThursday, January 29th at 7pm in the OWASA Community Room (400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro). All Democrats interested in organizing in their precincts are encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Events
  • State Executive Committee Meeting (electing new state party chair and officers) – February 7th at noon at Northwood High School, Pittsboro
  • Precinct Meeting Window – February 20th through March 6th
  • County Convention featuring keynote speaker State Auditor Beth Wood – April 11th at noon, Whitted Human Service Building, Hillsborough

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November 5, 2014

Thank You!

The result last night was not what any of us wanted, nor one many of us expected. However, our work for a better and more inclusive North Carolina continues.

I want to thank all the poll observers, poll greeters, women-to-women post card writers, canvassers, phone bankers, early vote coordinators, precinct officers, donors, candidates and elected officials who made our success in Orange County possible. Because of you we were able to reach a record number of voters and because of you we increased turn out during early voting and on Election Day.

While we’re all disappointed in the result for Senator Hagan, last night’s election showed that North Carolina remains in play for the fifth election cycle in a row. We are truly a battle ground state and there is much work to be done. We have a presidential race, a governor’s race, and yes, another U.S. Senate race in 2016.

Take time off and relax, because soon we’ll be getting back to work!


Matt Hughes, Chair

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