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The 23rd Senatorial District Executive Committee has selected our next senator.The Committee has selected our new senator! Valerie Foushee was unanimously selected by the Committee on the second round of balloting. Senator-designate Foushee's name will be submitted to Governor McCrory for appointment. If he fails to swiftly appoint our new senator, then she will be automatically appointed to the vacant Senate seat after a period of seven days.
I am ecstatic to begin working with our new senator in the coming weeks and months ahead as we continue to work towards Democratic progress in the North Carolina General Assembly. Valerie has the skills and ideals we need to fill the vacancy caused by Senator Kinnaird's resignation. I am confident that she will continue the progressive fight in the Senate.
It is my hope that those who have offered themselves up for public service will remain involved in the political process and help make lasting change in Raleigh in 2014 and 2016 election cycles because we must remember that North Carolina's best days lies ahead.
Matt Hughes, Chair
09/19/2013 7:00 pm
09/19/2013 7:00 pm
Thursday, September 19th at OWASA, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
7 pm - 9 pm.
CANDIDATES' FORUM for this fall's Local Municipal Elections co-sponsored by the OCDP.
Come hear the candidates from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough , and speak face-to-face to ask them your questions. Local policy choices and procedures affect your everyday lives, from trash collections to schools! Don't miss this opportunity!
*Note: This meeting is on September 19th...one week earlier than the other OCDW meetings.
At the State Executive Committee, OCDP Chair Matt Hughes was elected President of the County Chairs Association. This Association was started in 2011 under former NCDP Chair David Parker to facilitate collaboration between county parties and the state. Chair Hughes was elected on a platform on bringing the counties together to work closely with the House and Senate caucuses to make gains in the legislature; re-elect Senator Kay Hagan; collaborate on a statewide Voter ID program; and laying the groundwork for a Democratic victory against Pat McCrory.
After reading about changes made in Watauga County, I was prompted to write a letter to the Orange County Board of Elections after several constituents voiced concerns about decision making in other counties. Curtailing a voter's access to the polls is not only undemocratic, but un-American. Below is that letter.
Dear Members of the Orange County Board of Elections,
I am writing in response to concerns voiced to me by constituents in the Orange County community after actions taken by the Watauga County Board of Elections and the Pasquotank County Board of Elections.
This week the Watauga County Board of Elections took action, which consolidated three precincts into one large precinct numbering nearly 10,000 voters and where the polling place has only 35 parking spaces. They then took action to reduce early voting to four days and eliminated early voting at the Appalachian State University campus. All of these actions were made in secret and not shared with the Democratic member of the Board, yet the Watauga County GOP chairwoman was fully aware of the coming actions. To add insult to injury, the Board did not allow verbal comment from the public, instead opting for written comment only.
Also this week, the Pasquotank County Board of Elections invalidated an election filing stating the person running for the Elizabeth City Council, a student, was ineligible due to living on campus and thus not a permanent resident. This is despite the fact that the qualifications to run for office are the same as the ones to vote and he will be allowed to vote in this year’s elections.
It is my hope that in Orange County we can avoid these divisive actions by continuing our tradition of bipartisan decision making in which all three members of the Board of Elections, Elections Director, and the two party chairs are able to weigh in on decisions before the Board and in which everyone has buy in with transparency. Keeping our elections open and accessible to the voter should be the number one concern for the Board regardless of political affiliation, geography or status as a student. Orange County has always been a leader in conducting elections fairly and that tradition should continue regardless of ideology.
Matt Hughes, Chair
Orange County Democratic Party