The annual Cleveland County Democratic Convention will be held Saturday, April 11, in the auditorium of the County Office Building at 130 S. Post Rd. in Shelby, across from the community college. The 10:00 a.m. event will be preceded by registration and refreshments beginning at 9:30 a.m. The convention will adjourn around noon.
Among those attending will be convention voting delegates elected at recent annual Dem precinct organizational meetings, as well as Dem elected officials and party officers.
The convention is also open to any registered Dem residing in the county, and it's free. If you're interested in party activities and becoming more involved in politics at the local level, please join us! Newcomers and volunteers are especially welcome.
Convention-goers will take a break from business to participate in the party's traditional fundraising auction. They'll bid to win donated items including baked goods, plants, handcrafted items, and more. You're invited to both donate items and buy them. Members of Democratic Women of Cleveland County annually assist with the auction and will take in your donated items at registration. Convention starts process leading to 2016 election "Facing Forward" is an apt theme for Cleveland Dems' annual convention, the start of a two-year party cycle that will lead to the 2016 presidential-year election. All Dem county parties across North Carolina are holding conventions this month. The organizational work they do this year will culminate with the national Democratic convention in 2016 and the nomination of the party's presidential candidate--and from there, a campaign bound to be hard-fought! Convention delegates will elect officers for new two-year terms, including the party chair, three vice chairs, secretary, and treasurer. In addition, five county delegates will be elected to the North Carolina Democratic Party State Executive Committee. CCDP will also elect delegates to the annual convention of Tenth Congressional District Democrats, scheduled for May 16 in Asheville.
Spring Lake Mayor Chris V. Rey is keynoter The Honorable Chris V. Rey, left, is expected to inspire and motivate us with his keynote remarks at the CCDP county convention. An up-and-coming Democrat serving his second term as mayor of the Cumberland County town he grew up in, Mayor Rey is active in the party organization and serves as chair of Second Congressional District Democrats. Read the Mayor's biography on the town's website and a lively newspaper profile sharing hiw work and views. You're invited: meet and greet Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey CCDP invites you to meet and greet our convention speaker, Chris V. Rey, at a drop-in reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Kings Mountain Woman's Club building at 108 E. Mountain St. in Kings Mountain. Light refreshments will be served. It's not required that advance reservations be made, but it would be helpful if you'll let us know you can attend by emailing the CCDP secretary or usng our Contact form.