IMPORTANT CANDIDATE FORUMS

POL_1BOARD OF EDUCATION:  Tuesday, April15, 6:30pm at the Central Library, 660 W. 5th St. Sponsored by Democratic Women and Senior Democrats.  We’ve got great candidates! Please come hear them, ask questions, and be ready to make your choice in At Large and District 1 races for the Primary Election on May 6.

12th DISTRICT:  Thursday, April 17, 6:30pm at Rupert Bell Rec Center, 1501 Mt. Zion Place.  Moderated by Judge Denise Hartsfield.  These are experienced candidates hoping to replace Congressman Mel Watt.  This is an important choice to make so come hear what they have to say.

SPRING GALA SUCCESS

spring gala24Thank you to Congressman Keith Ellison (MN) and the families of Annie Brown Kennedy and Bert Bennett for taking part in our Spring Gala fundraising celebration.  We were proud to honor Mrs. Kennedy and Mr. Bennett with Lifetime Achievement Awards, showing everyone how important these two Democrats are to Forsyth County and North Carolina.  Senator Dan Blue spoke about his experiences and admiration of Mrs. Kennedy, and her son, Harold Kennedy III, accepted the award on her behalf.  Judge William Freeman gave a heartfelt speech about his relationship with Mr. Bennett, including a few funny tales, and then presented the award to Bert Bennett IV.  We presented video interviews of both Mrs. Kennedy and Mr. Bennett, hoping to post them soon so everyone can see them.  We thank Gregg Jamback for his video expertise and Carrie Vickery for conducting the interviews.

FCDP Chair, Susan Campbell introduced over 40 elected officials and the candidates in attendance, as well as Party officials, and thanked them for supporting our local Democratic Party.  She singled out Justice Robin Hudson and encouraged everyone to vote for Justice Hudson, since she’s the only statewide judge with a primary opponent. Ms. Campbell highlighted the grassroots effort of volunteers, which is the work that really elects candidates.  Delmas Parker of the Senior Democrats gave an award to Harry Weiler for his work.

State Senator Earline Parmon told us what to expect in Raleigh for this upcoming session.  Since many legislators will be campaigning for re-election, this will be a short session.

Congressman Keith Ellison spoke passionately about issues such as voting rights, immigration reform, minimum wage, healthcare…and especially about the positive impact our Moral Monday protests are having on the nation.  Congressman Ellison had spent the afternoon at a book signing, speaking to the group, taking questions, and patiently spending time with everyone.  He also attended the private reception before the Gala, once again impressing us all with his intellect and passion.  We appreciate the Congressman spending time in Winston-Salem and helping us raise money for our election work.  Thank you to Eric Ellison for bringing his brother back to North Carolina.

We appreciate the support of our event sponsors and donors, as well as all who attended our event.  We couldn’t get all our fine candidates elected without your help.  As Sen. Parmon said, “Let’s party tonight, but work tomorrow!”

The Gala couldn’t have succeeded without the help of our dedicated team.  Thank you to Cynthia Chapman, Natasha Smith, Carrie Vickery, Cam Choiniere (who also designed the invitations/programs/posters), Ann Guill for organizing the reception, Helen Etters for designing the awards, Gregg Jamback for creating the videos, and also our many volunteers from WSSU, WFU, and FCDP for helping to make the event a success.  We also thank Imagine Flowers, DJ Arthur Gray of Gray and Gray Productions, and Ralph Womble for their services.

Forsyth County Convention

FCDP CMYKAll Democrats who were elected as delegates at the precinct meetings are gathering on April 5, 1:00p (12:00 registration begins), at Forsyth Tech West Campus, 1300 Bolton St.  Linda Sutton, Field Director for Democracy NC, will tell us what we need to know about the new voting laws.  Candidates, local and statewide, will meet with us and ask for our votes.  There will lots of information to pass along to your friends and neighbors!  Democrats are welcome to attend, but only elected delegates can participate in Party business.

SENIOR DEM’S BREAKFAST

John SingletonJohn Singleton will discuss “Headlines and Deadlines…Making the Most of News Media Interviews” at the next meeting of the Senior Democrats.  

Date: Thursday April 3, 9am, at the Golden Corral, 4965 University Parkway.

Members and guests wanting the breakfast buffet and/or beverages will be able to enter the restaurant beginning at 8:30 am.

JOHN SINGLETON:  A native of Philadelphia, PA, John Singleton attended Temple University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism.
Singleton’s initial employment was with the Trenton Evening Times, in Trenton, NJ, as a reporter.  He subsequently worked for the Philadelphia Gas Works, Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), R.J. Reynolds Industries, Cities Service Company and the Southland Corporation, parent company of the 7-Eleven convenience store chain.
In 1987, Singleton co-founded Capital Policy & Resource Group, a public relations consulting firm, based in Alexandria, VA.  Singleton rejoined R.J. Reynolds in June of 1990 as manager, special public relations programs.  In July of 2007, Singleton was assigned to Reynolds American Inc., the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and three other subsidiaries, as director, communications.  In this capacity his responsibilities included working closely with federal and state government relations to establish and cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with business, civic and trade organizations.  Singleton retired from Reynolds American in May of 2012 and is currently a public relations consultant.

DEMOCRATIC MEN’S BREAKFAST

breakfastJoin the Democratic Men on Saturday, April 26, 9:00am at the FCDP HQ, 1128 Burke St.  Guest speaker:  Peter Sheldrake, a management expert who teaches at WFU, turns his critical eye on the McCrory/Pope administration. Prof. Sheldrake, English-educated, has worked in business, government, and university teaching in Britain, Australia, China, as well as the US. His half-dozen books and scores of articles bring his experience to bear on strategy, policy, and leadership. For us, he will interpret the handwriting on the wall of the Raleigh Republicans.

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S BROWN BAG LUNCHEON

color logoJoin us for the monthly Brown Bag Luncheon, on Wednesday, March 19, 12:30p, at the FCDP HQ, 1128 Burke St.  Our guest speaker will be Sarah Green, Membership Lead and Volunteer Coordinator for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, NC Chapter.  Sarah is a mother and an adjunct professor at WFU.  Moms Demand Action is a non-partisan grassroots movement founded by a mother the day after the Newtown school shooting.
Please bring a green canned-good food item to donate to the food bank.  School Board candidates have been invited to introduce themselves after the speaker.

PRIMARY ELECTION ONE-STOP SITES

vote logo3Early Voting One-Stop sites for the Primary Election have been approved, using the Republican majority’s proposal of having one site downtown at the Board of Elections (BoE) and three satellite sites (Kernersville, Rural Hall, and Lewisville).

According to the General Statute, voting sites will not “unfairly advantage or disadvantage geographic, demographic or partisan interests of the county.”  The majority plan, as reviewed in the WS Journal , more than satisfies the geographic interests of the county, but doesn’t address the other requirements.  If 3 of the 4 sites are conveniently located for White, mostly Republican-leaning voters, this advantages certain demographic and partisan interests of the county.  (It is well documented that Black voters heavily use Early Voting and a large percentage are registered Democrats.  This DISadvantages certain demographic and partisan interests.

 

For the Primary Election, if you live or work in Winston-Salem, you must get to the Board of Elections before 5:00pm, because it closes EVERY SINGLE DAY OF EARLY VOTING AT 5:00.  Why couldn’t it be open until 7:00p at least 2 days?  The sites will also be open on only one Saturday for only 3 hours.  The General Assembly mandated that we have as many early voting hours as we had in 2010–eliminating a week, but if they’re not convenient, how does that help anyone?

Your Democratic BoE member, Fleming El-Amin, submitted his plan that considered population density, demography, and later hours.  Your Party Chair, Susan Campbell, submitted a letter of support.  Even though the minority plan was ignored, your Party leaders were active in challenging the majority’s plan.  (The “S” word — suppression–may have been used, sounding inflammatory to the local Board members.)

We should be paying attention now so we don’t end up with all our Early Voting sites in the county for the General Election.  Show up at the BoE meetings and don’t let them ignore population density, demographics, working folks, elderly voters and those with transportation problems–again.  And let’s pack the BoE with voters in this Primary!

HISPANIC-AMERICAN DEMS MEETING

fchadHelping Hispanics/Latinos with important family issues!

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014; 7:00 to 8:30 PM; Central Library Auditorium; 660 W. Fifth Street; Winston-Salem, NC 27101

  • How can Hispanic/Latino Families afford to buy a home?
  • How can Hispanic/ Latino Families prepare their children for the SAT for college entrance?

Program in English and Spanish. We hope you will come and bring your friends and neighbors! Refreshments provided. For directions, please call: 336-391-4495. Se habla español.

SUCCESSFUL SPRING GALA

Spring pic“SPRING INTO ACTION” WITH US…

Forsyth County Democratic Party’s Spring Gala

7:00 pm, Friday, April 11, 2014

Millennium Center, 101 W. 5th St.

Special guest speaker:  Congressman Keith Ellison, Minnesota

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS presented to Bert Bennett and the Hon. Annie Brown Kennedy

State Senator Dan Blue and Judge William Freeman presented the awards.

Thank you to our sponsors and donors:

GOLD – Susan and Jack Campbell; Committee to Elect Mary Dickinson; Judge Bill Freeman; Theresa and Larry Johnson; Senator Earline Parmon; Mayor Allen Joines; Fred Crouch

SILVER – Nelida and Michael Flatow; Melody Thomson; Libba Evans; Mrs. Roland H. Hayes; Stacey Rubain for Superior Court Judge; Donald Buie for District Court Judge; Donna Taylor for Superior Court Judge

BRONZE – Frank Dickerson; Jim Gallaher; Hon. Linda Garrou; Ann Guill; Molly Leight; Rep. Ed Hanes, Jr.; David Gordon; Alice and George Cleland; Ron and Becky Sigrist; Sara and Stan Nutter; J.D. and Janie Wilson; Albert Linder; Graham Bennett

SUPPORTER – City Council Member Jeff MacIntosh; Alma Adams for Congress; Harold Kennedy III; Ann Bennett-Phillips; Rep. Evelyn Terry; Sue Wall; Donna Lambeth; Pat Eisenach; Michael Holleman for US House; Laura Elliottt for School Board; Josh Brannon for US House; Will Stinson for Congress; City Council Member D.D. Adams; Laura Hart McKinny

DONOR – Rev. Paul Lowe, Jr.; Elisabeth and John Motsinger; Valene Franco for District Court Judge; Curtis Osborne for Congress; Gail and Hayes McNeill; George Battle for Congress; Carrie Vickery and Phillip Skipper, Jr.; Anne and Charlie Wilson; Barry and Mary Boneno; Gus and Bonnie Poindexter; Claire Giffin; Helen and Earl Scott; Frances Huffman; Jillian Brevorka and Mike Wells, Jr.; James and Brenda Jones; Laura Phail; Herold and Elizabeth Weiler; Judge Lisa Menefee; Gary Burke and Stephan Rantz; Helen Monroe; Katherine McGinnis and John Brandt; Susan Frye; Judge Lawrence Fine; City Council Member Dan Besse; Walter Holton; Garry and Pam Whitaker; John Gladman

SPECIAL THANKS TO CYNTHIA CHAPMAN, ANN GUILL, CAM CHOINIERE, GREGG JAMBACK, HELEN ETTERS, CARRIE VICKERY, NATASHA SMITH, IMAGINE FLOWERS, GREG CARLYLE AND THE MILLENNIUM CENTER.

 

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SENIOR DEMOCRATS BREAKFAST

Thursday, March 6, 9:00am.  Mary Dickinson will discuss Making a Better NC at a meeting sponsored by the FORSYTH COUNTY SENIOR DEMOCRATS.

The meeting will begin at 9am at the Golden Corral, 4965 University Parkway W-S [336 767 3505]. Members and guests wanting the breakfast buffet and/or beverages will be able to enter the restaurant beginning at 8:30 am.

Mary feels that our state must do better. North Carolina has an honorable history as an innovative state in the areas of education, women’s health, environmental protection and voting rights. NC has always set the standard in these areas. But since 2010 and, even more so, in this past legislative session, NC has begun a downward spiral. Mary urges us to respond – to help make a better North Carolina.

 Mary and Phil Dickinson
Mary and Phil Dickinson

 

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