The Edgecombe County Democratic Party met on Thursday, September 16, 2010 to discuss the November Election. The party also voted Commissioner Leah S. Vines as the county secretary to replace Clara Knight who recently resigned her post. Genoetry Penny-Boone served as the acting secretary for the meeting however she serves on the District level.
Chairman Allen Mitchell chaired the meeting as the Democrats discussed party issues. The party voted on trying to open a headquarters by the end of the month in downtown Tarboro.
Elected officials present were the Honorables NC House Rep. Joe Pat Tolson and Jean Farmer-Butterfield, Clerk of Court Carol Allen White, Register of Deeds Robin Carpenter. Sheriff James Knight was unable to attend however his wife Margaret Knight secretary of her precinct and son James Knight Jr. were present to represent him.
IRV – Instant Runoff Voting was brought up because the seat that was vacated by Judge James (Jim) Wynn on the NC Court of Appeals will be decided in that fashion while all other races will be done in the traditional voting style.
Yours truly spoke about how I am not encouraged by our local party and that we need to get to work. I said it is fine that we talk about our concerns on the National and State levels but what are we doing in Edgecombe County? I said we need to come together as Democrats and have some rallys, forums and etc. I don’t know of a rally since I was the interim chair back in the late 90’s.
Martha Johnson a longtime Democrat and party worker spoke about her concerns that the party from the National to the State to the County need to do more especially as it relates to modern technology.
Pinetops Commissioner Florence Pender spoke about how the party needs to be talking about how we are fired up and ready to go. She agreed with Johnson.
James Knight Jr. the youngest Democrat present who introduced himself as an educator spoke about using modern technology such as FACEBOOK and TWITTER to get the young folks involved. He spoke about how the OBAMA campaign motivated young folks to get involved with the election process during the last Presidential Election. He spoke about how he set up his dad’s FACEBOOK page the Honorable Sheriff James Knight Sr.
Several campaign signs were available for Democrats to take home.
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