Ball seeks NC Democratic Party leadership role
by Anna Oakes
Boone Town Councilman Andy Ball recently announced his candidacy for the position of third vice chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party.
The party's State Executive Committee will vote on party officers at a Feb. 2 meeting in Durham.
A Facebook page created Jan. 14 to encourage Ball to run for the position announced on Feb. 18 that Ball had agreed to enter the race. Ball confirmed on Tuesday that he is seeking the leadership position.
The Facebook page includes an email statement sent from Ball to the State Executive Committee announcing his candidacy.
"The duties of third vice chair have traditionally included outreach and cultivation of the youth electorate in this state, a direct responsibility of mine since taking the oath of office as national committeeman of the Young Democrats of North Carolina," Ball wrote.
"I pledge to work with each of you to rebuild the NCDP by adhering to our core Democratic principles, operating with the highest ethical standards and with an absolute commitment to grassroots organizing," Ball said.
In 2009, Ball became the first undergraduate student elected to the Boone Town Council. He was re-elected to a four-year term in 2011. Last fall, Ball served as a North Carolina delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
If elected, Ball said he "absolutely" would be able to maintain his duties as a Boone Town Council member.
"This position would serve to complement my work on behalf of the town of Boone," he said.
The N.C. Democratic Party website currently only lists one candidate for third vice chairman: Jason Jenkins from Creedmoor.