Nick Carpenter of Shelby, third vice chair of the Cleveland County Democratic Party, has been named an official North Carolina delegate to the 2012 Democratic Convention scheduled for September in Charlotte. He’ll take his place among other delegates from across the country in shaping the party’s platform and formally nominating President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as the party’s standard-bearers in the fall general election.
Carpenter is is one of three national convention delegates elected at the Saturday, May 19, annual convention of Tenth Congressional District Democrats. The district convention was held in Morganton and attended by representative delegations from the 10 western North Carolina counties falling entirely or partly within the district.
North Carolina is entitled to have 158 delegates and votes at the national convention, and most including Carpenter were elected at the congressional district conventions held simultaneously across the state Saturday. Some others will be elected at the North Carolina Democratic Party’s June 16 state convention to fill slots for at-large and party leaders/elected officials.
Carpenter was among 22 candidates from the Tenth District having filed notice of their candidacy and appearing on Saturday’s district convention ballots. Looked at together, the field demonstrated the party’s long-time philosophy: openness to all registered Dems interested in seeking leadership positions and encouragement of diversity including gender, ethnicity, and age specifically including those 35 years or younger.
At the convention, Carpenter had not just the solid support of Cleveland County Democrats, said Chair Davy Lowman who led the local delegation, but of many from other counties who’ve come to know him and his hard work for the party since becoming actively involved in the 2008 general election campaign.
Carpenter also had the endorsement of Sam Spencer of Davidson, president of Young Democrats of North Carolina. Carpenter serves on the state Young Democrats executive committee and is president of the Tenth District and Cleveland County Young Democrats organizations. He was recognized as one of five “Outstanding Young Democrats of North Carolina” at the recent 2012 YDNC annual convention. In 2011, he was an N. C. delegate to the Young Democrats of America annual convention in Louisville, Ky.
Also cheering Carpenter on—formally and informally—were the dozens of elected officeholders across the state and county remembering and appreciating his effective volunteer work in their campaigns over past years—even before he himself could vote.
Carpenter could well be the youngest official delegate at the national convention. He’s 19 years old, soon to be graduated from Shelby High School and looking forward to his freshmen year at Gardner-Webb University in the fall.
“Nick may be young in age but I can’t think of another Democratic volunteer who has his smarts and savvy, practical experience in campaigning and enlisting voters, and party knowledge and contacts across the state,” CCDP Chair Lowman says. “There’s a good reason we elected him a party officer here in Cleveland and a national convention delegate in Morganton. We know first-hand he’ll do a great job and represent us well.”
Carpenter is the son of David Carpenter III of Shelby and Karen Cross of Ohio and the grandson of David and Ginnie Carpenter of Shelby.