The Cleveland County Democratic Party will hold its 2012 Century Club fundraiser dinner at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at Cleveland Country Club in Shelby. Keynoting the program will be speaker John T. McDevitt, the former sheriff of Burke County and now Democratic candidate for the District 46 seat in the N. C. State Senate. As redistricted, District 46 now comprises Burke and Cleveland counties.
McDevitt will be “at home” sharing stories, perspectives on North Carolina politics, and aspirations for the state at the always-lively event. The popular speaker is a Cleveland County native, grew up in Kings Mountain where his father was chief of police, and was graduated from Kings Mountain High in the early 1970s. Following his father’s footsteps into law enforcement in 1976, he served in the Burke County Sheriff’s Department and Morganton’s Department of Public Safety before his first election as sheriff in 1998. He won re-election to continue as the county’s top law officer until retiring from the post in June 2011.
Local Democrats have also invited other party flagbearers to join them for the Century Club celebration, including Shelby native U. S. Sen. Kay Hagan, Gov. Beverly Perdue, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton (Rutherfordton native who formerly represented District 46 in the N. C. House), Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Auditor Beth Wood, Public Instruction Supt. June Atkinson, State Treasurer Janet Cowell, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and other N. C. legislators.
“It will be night of Democratic camaraderie, good food and friends, music and door prizes,” says Betsy Wells, chair for the event.
Century Club dinner tickets are $75 each, and those wishing to attend are asked to purchase them by May 25 by contacting Democratic precinct chairs throughout the county, calling Mrs. Wells at 704.739.1545, or contacting Pat Poston, party secretary, by phone at 704.457.9840, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through www.clevelanddems.com.