May 7, 2015

Democratic Women Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 14th
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Extraordinary Ventures
200 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill 27514
Brenda Stephens & Donna Coffey

of the Orange County Board of Education
Jamezetta Bedford & James Barrett
of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education
Come get real information about
Budget Cuts and What They will Mean for the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange County
Public Schools
For online application and dues payment please go to:

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April 18, 2015

April OCDW Meeting

Orange County Democratic Women April Meeting Notice

Thursday, April 23rd
7:00 – 9:00 pm at
Extraordinary Ventures
200 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill 27514

*****RESCHEDULED from February because of SNOW*****
Legislative Update
NC Representative Verla Insko
NC Representative Graig Meyer

Come get the inside story from two of our dedicated representatives in the General Assembly, find out what is really happening in this outrageous legislative session, and learn what we can do as OCDW members to advocate for the best outcomes possible!

Remember to renew your OCDW Membership for 2015!Orange County Democratic Women
2015 Membership Application

For online application and dues payment please go to:

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April 14, 2015

Continuing To Do

On Saturday I was excited to be elected to a third term as chair of the Orange County Democratic Party. Thank you for the trust and support you’ve given me and the Party over the last five years. We have a lot of work to do over the next two years. As our first vice chair, Susan Romaine, said yesterday: Orange County Democrats don’t just talk, they do. We’re going to continue to do!

We’ve got a great local team here in Orange County to do great things. Congratulations to our new slate of officers: First Vice Susan Romaine; Second Vice John Ferguson, Third Vice Nan Nixon, Secretary Matthew Pepper, and Treasurer Missy Biggers. I look forward to working with all of you! To our departing officers James Harris, Ann DeMaine, and Ann Henley – we all appreciate your service to the Party and look forward to continuing the fight alongside you!

We will be calling on you to help with critical voter outreach both this year and next as we build a local coalition that will be strong and a be a key player in the statewide strategy. As I hear of who else were elected as county party chairs yesterday, like former state chair Betty Ray McCain and newly elected Wake County Chair Brian Fitzsimmons, I am know that we will the leaders in place to have a successful 2016 campaign.

In the meantime, please take the time to donate to the OCDP to put us on a good path for 2015 and beyond. So far we’ve raised nearly $15,000 of our $60,000 year-end goal.These funds will right back into party building, training, grassroots support, and turning out the vote.

Thank you again for your support and I look forward to seeing you again real soon!

Democratically yours,

Matt Hughes

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April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015 Orange Peel

Congressman David Price Town Hall

On Thursday, April 9 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Congressman Price will be holding a town hall meeting at East Chapel Hill High School at 500 Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill. Please join Congressman Price to receive an update from Washington and share your views on issues before the Congress.  His staff will also be on hand to help resolve any problems you may be having with the federal government.

DNC Delegate Selection Plan Available for Public Comment
The North Carolina Democratic Party’s proposed Democratic National Convention Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan may be found here on the NCDP website:
Your participation, review, and public comment is essential. the DNC Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Committee welcomes your comments and ideas to make our Delegate and Affirmative Action selection process as inclusive and far-reaching as possible.
The public comment window begins today, April 1, and is open until midnight on May 1st. There is no limit to the number of comments you may submit.
Comments can be submitted via email to or mailed to:
North Carolina Democratic Party
Attn: Delegate Selection
220 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27603.
Please include your name; contact information , including full address; and any organization or group that you may be representing.
All comments will be reviewed by the Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Committee and submitted along with the revised and final adopted plan to the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the DNC. The committee will meet on May 2nd, 2015 to approve the final plan.
If you have any questions, please email the committee at

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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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