On May 19 Democrats across North Carolina will gather in annual Congressional district annual conventions. In this 2012 presidential election year, a key item on convention agendas is election of delegates to the National Democratic Convention in September 2012 where President Barack Obama will officially be nominated for re-election.
Cleveland County Democrats will take part in the Democratic Tenth District Convention, to be held at Patton High School in Morganton, N. C. The convention will be gaveled to order at noon. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m., and lunch will be available from Myra's catering beginning at that same time.
Tenth District Democratic Chair Cliff Moone will preside at the convention session. Voting delegates will be those persons elected at the various county conventions held April 14, including Cleveland County's. However, the convention is open to any registered Democrat living in the district.
The Tenth District was reconfigured in redistricting legislation passed by the Republican majority N. C. General Assembly last year, and the redistricting is being challenged in court.
For purposes of holding conventions and naming national convention delegates, the North Carolina Democratic Party is operating under "old" district boundaries before redistricting. In that configuration, the Tenth District consists of all of Burke, Caldwell, Cleveland, Lincoln, and Catawba counties, and parts of Mitchell, Avery, Gaston, Iredell, and Rutherford counties.
However, for purposes of the May primary elections and presumably the fall general election, the state is operating under "new" district boundaries as established in redistricting. Under this configuration, the Tenth District consists of all of Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Cleveland, Polk, and Rutherford counties, and part of Buncombe County.