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Candidates for NC Democratic Party chair in Boone Friday


The two men running to be chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party will appear and speak at the "Mid-Winter Meet 'n' Greet" hosted by the Watauga County Young Democrats Friday, Jan. 25, at Char restaurant in downtown Boone.


The event begins at 7 p.m. Admission will be $20 at the door. A cash bar will be available, as well as food from the Char restaurant menu.


Former state Sen. Eric Mansfield, who is a Navy veteran and a medical doctor, and Randy Voller, chairman of the Chatham County Democratic Party and mayor of Pittsboro, will speak about their competing visions for the state party.


The election of the new state party chair will be Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Durham Convention Center at the winter meeting of the state Executive Committee. Watauga County has four votes on that committee.


"This is a great opportunity for many of our young Democratic Party activists here to meet some rising stars from across the state, as well as mingle with some of our great veterans in state government," said Jocelyn Hunt, president of the Young Democrats.


County, district and statewide elected Democrats are also expected, including members of the North Carolina Council of State.


"This event is not just for young people," Hunt said. "We want all our good Democrats to come out and mingle."


The Young Democrats will honor some of their mentors in the local Democratic Party, as well as provide a chance for prospective candidates to network and test the waters.


Donors of $100 or more are invited to a prereception at a private residence where the Young Democrats will bestow their annual "Golden Donkey" award on the local Democrat who has most helped or inspired young people or who has offered an example of outstanding leadership in political activity.


For more information, email (Jocelyn@wataugadems.com)

Originally published: 2013-01-22 16:54:44
Last modified: 2013-01-22 16:54:44

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.