SHELBY, N. C.—Democrats from the seven counties now in the 10th Congressional district will come together here Saturday, May 18, for their first annual convention since redistricting changed their map. The convention will be gaveled to order at 12:00 noon at the Cleveland County Office Building auditorium at 130 S. Post Rd. after morning workshops and preliminary events.
Keynote speaker will be Randy Voller, left, mayor of Pittsboro and chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Topping the business agenda will be the election of district officers for two-year terms.
“The convention will be a great opportunity for Democrats in the new 10th District to further unify toward 2014 election victory,” said Betsy Wells of Grover, current chair, left. The district now comprises all of Polk, Rutherford, Cleveland, Gaston, and Lincoln counties, most of Catawba County, and the Asheville area of Buncombe. “We’ve built on the good working relationships already in place among our county parties and are off to a great start,” Wells said.
Entitled to vote at the district convention are those delegates elected at county Democratic Party conventions held in April. In addition, Wells said, the convention is open to any interested registered Democrat in the district who’d like to attend—local party precinct leaders and volunteers will be especially welcome at the business session and preceding educational workshops.
Registration will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon, when the convention comes to order. A 10:00 a.m. workshop on “Parliamentary procedure made friendly” will be led by Barbara Volk, mayor of Hendersonville. A 10:30 a.m. workshop on the voter identification law proposed by Republican state legislators will be led by Casey Mann of the N. C. Democratic Party. Also, members of the district’s African-American Caucus are invited to a gathering with refreshments at 8:30 a.m.
A barbecue lunch will be available for purchase from 11:00 a.m. until noon. As a fundraiser, county parties will contribute items for an auction as the convention concludes.