PRECINCT MEETINGS POSTPONED

Several of the venues have closed due to the surprise snow on Tuesday, Feb. 24.  The precinct meetings scheduled at Cash Elementary and at Brown-Douglas Recreation Center have been postponed.  The new dates will be published when the facilities reopen.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BZp_-tg3L1ydkviCMv5ewrMBA8AO0jIlkOq0DznJ6dk/edit?usp=sharing

ATTEND YOUR PRECINCT MEETING!

teachers event19Precincts are the building blocks of our county party.  Meetings will be held around the county beginning Feb. 20 through March 6, 2015.  FIND YOUR MEETING HERE:

  • Friends, family, and neighbors come together to help Democrats get elected—the same people who vote where you can vote on Election Day (called a Precinct.)
  • There is one precinct for every voting place on Election Day.
  • In Forsyth County alone, we have 100 precincts.
  • It’s the basic building block for elections and extremely important for Getting Out The Vote (GOTV) — and Winning!
  • The precinct chair and vice chair vote at the Forsyth County Democratic Party executive committee meetings, representing your neighborhood and precinct.
  • Precinct members recommend the officials who work at the polling location on Election Day.

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S BROWN BAG LUNCHEON

Linda Sutton4Please join us for our brown bag luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12:30p at FCDP HQ, 1128 Burke St.  Linda Sutton (Democracy NC) will speak on ways we can help people with no picture ID to get one, as well as strategies for ensuring we can get out our voters.

This will be a good opportunity for you to renew your membership in the Forsyth County Democratic Women for 2015, if you have not already done so.  The dues are only $25 for the year.

As announced at January’s lunch there will be two prizes for members: one a random drawing and another for the person who brings in the most new members.

NEW STATE PARTY LEADERSHIP

2015 NCDP Officers (640x360)Congratulations to our new North Carolina Democratic Party leaders: Patsy Keever, Chair; Zach Hawkins, 1st Vice Chair; Valeria Levy, 2nd Vice Chair; Andy Ball, 3rd Vice Chair; Melvin Williams, Secretary.  We look forward to working with the new administration and thank Randy Voller and Casey Mann for their leadership the past 2 years.  Show your support and donate HERE!   Consider making a recurring donation of $10/month or more.

CONGRATULATIONS, SEN. PAUL LOWE, JR!

Paul LoweCongratulations to Senator Paul Lowe, Jr., who was elected Thursday night by the members of our Forsyth County Executive Committee from Senate District 32.  We know he’ll be a strong representative for the citizens of NC Senate District 32.  Governor McCrory officially appointed Sen. Lowe on Friday, and his swearing-in will take place on Sunday, Feb. 1, 1:00p at Shiloh Baptist Church, 916 E. 12th St.

Thank you to Joycelyn Johnson for also stepping forward to run for State Senate.  She’s a respected member of our Democratic Party family and an experienced community leader.  We also appreciate the interest and involvement of the candidates and voters in this process, from attending the candidate forum and then participating in the election. An impressive 83% of eligible voters were in attendance for the important election Thursday night!

We couldn’t have had such a smooth election without help.  Catawba County Democratic Party Chair, Cliff Moone, was our Parliamentarian and close advisor for the election.  First Vice Chair Larry Johnson was in charge of the ballot count and worked closely to verify voters.  Party Secretary Lois Roewade, Cam Choiniere, Pat Sisson, and Pat Eisenach expertly checked in voters and proxies.  Thanks also to Trent Harmon and Shawn Lane for their assistance.   Other county chairs and elected officials shared their experience and expertise with us:  Marc Friedland, Chair of Mecklenburg County; Ted Benson, Chair of State House District 54 election; Casey Mann, Executive Director of the North Carolina Democratic Party, and State Senator Don Davis.  In addition, we appreciate the use of Forsyth Tech Mazie Woodruff Center for the forum and Kennedy High School for the election.

Thank you to all of our active Democrats, behind the scenes, as well as the ones out front.  You are the life of our Party and we appreciate your support.

SEN. EARLINE PARMON RESIGNS

EarlineMany, many thanks go to State Senator Earline Parmon for her years of inspirational public service.  She has announced her retirement from serving Senate District 32.  She will be accepting a position as Outreach Director for Rep. Alma Adams and will not need to move to Washington for her duties.  This is bittersweet news.  We know that Senator Parmon will be an asset to Rep. Adam’s staff, but we’ll miss her strong voice in Raleigh.  She has been a long-serving elected official, an outspoken advocate for her district and a leader for our county Democrats and Forsyth County delegation across the state.  Please offer her your congratulations: 3873 Barkwood Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27105.

The process for replacing a State Senator falls to our County Executive Committee members who live in that district.  All of the precinct chairs and vice chairs, party officers, auxiliary chairs, State Executive Committee members, and elected officials who live in District 32 are eligible to vote.  (You can check your registration and district designation here: www.fcvotes.com.)  The meeting will be open to the public, but only those who are District 32 Executive Committee members are eligible to vote.  The election will be held at our County Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, Jan. 29, 6:30pm at Kennedy High School, 890 E. 11th St.

DEMOCRATIC MEN’S BREAKFAST

breakfastSaturday, January 24th, 9 am at 1128 Burke St. You are welcome to bring guests, particularly any Democratic women.  The highest ranking woman in the NC Democratic Party, Patsy Keever, will bring us a brief message.

Patsy is a Charlotte native who lives in Asheville. A mother and a grandmother, she is a Duke grad, an educator who has been a leader in the NCAE, who has been elected county commissioner and to the General Assembly, and who twice has run for Congress. Since 2013 she has served as 1st Vice Chair of the State Party.

Come and enjoy the fellowship of local Democrats and savor the catered breakfast. January 24!

SENIOR DEMS 2015 MEETING

Senior Dems logoThursday, January 8, 2015, at 9:00am at the Golden Corral, 4965 University Parkway.  Former Winston-Salem mayor Martha S Wood will be the guest speaker.  Members and guests wanting the breakfast buffet and/or beverages will be able to enter the restaurant beginning at 8:30 am.

VOLUNTEER FOR COUNTY BOARDS

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will consider the following appointments at its meeting on Feb. 9:

Two appointments to the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee. The appointments are for three-year terms; one will expire in January 2018, and one will expire in February 2018. The slots are open, meaning that applicants are not required to fit into a special criterion. Non-incumbents will serve a term of one year.

Three appointments to the Appearance Commission, for three-year terms that will expire in February 2018. One slot is open, and two slots are for people with special experience or education in design.

Two appointments to Board of Health, for three-year terms that will expire in January 2018. One slot is for a dentist, and one slot is for a pharmacist.

Two appointments to the Firefighters’ Relief Fund Board of Trustees, for two-year terms that will expire in January 2017. The slots are open.

Two appointments to the Forsyth County Agricultural Advisory Board, for three-year terms that will expire in February 2018. One slot is for someone actively engaged in farming in Forsyth County, and the other slot is an at-large slot.

One appointment to the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission is to fill an unexpired term. The term will expire in November 2015. The slot is for an archaeologist, landscape architect/designer, planner, surveyor or arborist.

Two appointments to the Nursing Home Community Advisory Committee, Forsyth County, the appointments are for one-year terms, one slot term will expire in February 2016, and the other term will expire in March 2016. The slots are open. Non-incumbents will serve a term of one year.

One appointment to the SciWorks board of directors, it will fill an unexpired term that will expire in June 2015. The slot is open.

One appointment to the City/County Planning Board, for a four-year term that will expire in February 2019. The slot is for a Forsyth County resident.

Four appointments to the Ten Year Plan Commission on Homelessness, The appointments are for three-year terms that will expire in January 2018. One slot is for a business representative, one slot is for a criminal justice representative, one slot is for an education representative and one slot is for a mental health representative.

To apply for a volunteer board an application must be completed and is available online at www.forsyth.cc/commissioners.

For more information, or to get an application call the commissioners’ office at (336) 703-2020 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline for submitting résumés and completed questionnaires is 5 p.m. Feb 4.

FCDP “THANK YOU” PARTY

holiday image1Thursday, Dec. 11, 5:30 – 7:00pm at the FCDP HQ, 1128 Burke St.  Come party with the Party and let us thank you for all your hard work during this past election season.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

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