Gearing for the political year ahead, Cleveland County’s Democratic precinct organizations will hold their annual meetings in early March, leading up to party conventions later this spring and the November general election.
Precinct groups are the foundation blocks of the Democratic Party’s formal structure, says Nick Carpenter, chair of the Cleveland County Democratic Party. Growing from them are the county, state, and national party organizations that shape operations, platform, and campaigns to elect a Dem slate across the ballot.
To help ensure grassroots input, the annual precinct meetings are open to any registered Democrat living in the precinct. Participation is free and no pre-registration is required. First-timers as well as party stalwarts are welcome, Carpenter said.
For the first time, the annual meetings for Cleveland’s 24 precincts will be held at four cluster meeting sites across the county. At each site, attendees will first share an in-common agenda, then break into groups for precinct-specific business.
The clusters, precincts in each, and meeting times and locations are as follows:
Central Cluster including Kingstown, Rippy, and all Shelby precincts, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, Cleveland County Administration Building (Commissioners Chamber), 311 E. Marion St., Shelby, N. C.
West Cluster including Lattimore, Mooresboro-Youngs, Shanghai, and Broad River (formerly Boiling Springs and Holly Springs) precincts, 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 6, Ruby C. Hunt YMCA, 1322 Patrick Ave., Boiling Springs, N. C.
North Cluster including Casar, Mulls, Fallston, Lawndale, and Polkville precincts 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, Lawndale Community Center, 117 Piedmont Dr., Lawndale, N. C.
East Cluster including Kings Mountain North, Kings Mountain South, Grover, Bethware, Oak Grove, and Waco precincts, 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, Bynum Chapel AME Zion Church, 213 N. Cansler St., Kings Mountain, N. C.
“If you’ve wanted to join with like-minded others in making a positive difference in politics, participating in your Democratic precinct meeting is a great place to start,” Carpenter said. “And with so many critical issues before us—from education to voting rights to jobs and more—now’s the time to get involved at the grassroots.” Key agenda items will be election of precinct voting delegates to the Cleveland County Democratic Convention coming up April 5, election of precinct officers where vacancies exist, and consideration of any proposed resolutions to go forward to the county convention. Attendees will also hear messages from party leaders and updates on the May primary election and party activities ahead.