from the Cleveland County Democratic Party
March 11, 2019
▪ First, thank you. Kudos are in order for your precinct leaders who organized successful annual precinct meetings in February. It was great to see newcomers as well as “regulars” among those taking part in the meetings we so often note are the foundation of our party.
▪ Now, on to convention! We’re looking forward to seeing those of you who were elected precinct voting delegates – and many more – at our annual Democratic county convention on Saturday, March 23. The convention is open for attendance by any interested Democrat registered in Cleveland County.
We’re hearing from many who are eager to do something to improve the political climate. The convention is a good place to connect for the challenges 2020 will bring. Besides that, there will be fun, food, and fellowship so join us! Details are below.
Cleveland County Democratic Convention 2019
Saturday, March 23
Cleveland County Office Building Auditorium, 130 South Post Road, Shelby
(across from Cleveland Community College)
9:00 a.m. Registration, refreshments, and fellowship
10:00 a.m. Convention call to order
For the agenda, we’ll mix festive with serious: a tribute to our country, keynote speaker, recognitions and resolutions, election of leaders and delegates, and a lively auction. There is no charge to attend and no advance reservation required. We’re looking forward to hearing Marti Mongiello of Grover as our guest speaker. We may know him best as chef to U.S. presidents, but his astonishing career, including Navy service, gives him far-ranging perspectives.
▪ Our new Cleveland County Board of Elections is coming together. After a delay, the new five-member N.C. Board of Elections has made its appointment of four persons to serve on our local board (two Democrats and two Republicans), and it’s reported that Governor Roy Cooper has now made his separate appointment of our Board chair. So, it appears the soundness of our CCDP recommendations will be affirmed: Mary Accor and Ali Paksoy, Jr., as board members and Doug Sharp as chair.
We know Mary as an educator and former county commissioner, attorney Ali as an experienced former district court judge, and Doug as a former businessman and, as he describes himself, “just a potato farmer.” More specifically, the Cleveland County Potato Project he co-founded and leads has grown and donated hundreds of thousands of potatoes to the hungry.
Mary and Doug were on the previous local elections board, and Doug served several months as chair. Debbie Clary and Allen Langley, both also prior Board of Elections members, were appointed upon local Republican Party recommendation.
Our local elections board is the board that sees us citizens through the sure-to-be-challenging 2020 presidential-year election, working to ensure honest, fair, and efficient voting for all qualified. We’re proud of them and wish them well. Click here for more information.
▪ (Fun)d-raising! One of the most entertaining features of our annual convention is the auction of items donated by volunteers, precincts, elected officials, and other friends. We hope you’ll take part by either contributing an item for auction or buying one (or both). Plants, home-baked goods, crafts, books – you can take home a treat and help the party at the same time. Democratic Women of Cleveland County members will again be on the job as the silent and live bidding goes on and all proceeds benefit efforts to support our blue slate.
– Submitted by Pat Poston, acting as secretary