Don Davis Appointed To Serve As Democratic Party 1st Congressional District Chair For Me Congratulations Is Not The Order Of The Day

I do not want to congratulate Don Davis but thank him for his willingness to serve out the unexpired term of Gwen Wilkins former 1st Congressional District Chair. Wilkins was elected several weeks ago to serve as the 1st Vice Chair of the NC State Democratic Party.

Don Davis a professional when it comes to serving as District Chair. Yes a professional. Don served the party well and in my opinion he has been the most effective chair since my involvement with the party since the early 90’s. I have served at the precinct level, county level and currently serves as a precinct chair. I have attended the district meetings almost regularly over the years. I have attended several state meetings over the years.

I was there when Don was elected to serve as the 1st Congressional District Chair several years ago. I believe I attended all of the district meetings under his tenure. I also followed him to several counties when he was responsible for carrying out the process in 2007 to appoint unexpired terms of NC House Rep. Howard Hunter Ahoskie NC and Senator Robert Holloman Elizabeth City NC whom both died within several hours of each other.

During the appointments House Rep. Ed Jones Halifax County decided he wanted to move over to the Senate to replace Holloman and he was appointed and still serving. Rocky Mount City Councilwoman Angela Bryant decided she wanted to replace Jones and she was appointed and still serving. I attended all of the meetings for the appointments from Halifax County to Gates County capturing the meetings and appointments leading up to the appointments. Don Davis did such a professional job that all of the appointments went smoothly without any problems and we all left unified.

I received a call a couple of weeks ago from a Pitt County native who wanted to let me know she was interested in the appointment to serve out the unexpired term of Gwen Wilkins. She brought up Don Davis’ name and I told her that if he was going to consider the appointment that I would have to support him because he served the district well in the past and that he would receive overwhelming support. She told me she was going to hang up and call him.

Today I told Don that someone had called me a couple of weeks ago and told me they were interested in the appointment. I told them I would have to support him if he was going to consider the appointment. I was unable to attend my county Democratic Party meeting a couple of weeks ago so I really didn’t hear about the meeting until about 3 days ago during a conversation with my Sheriff. I went to the meeting this morning not knowing who the person/s would be seeking the appointment and as soon as I walked in the community college I seen Don. I did not see the other person. After my conversation with him he told me the other person and he had had a conversation and she was going to support him. Don was appointed by acclimation since he had no opposition.

Don talked about communication being the key and that emails and social networking is very important. He wants to start a 1st Congressional District Fan Page on FaceBook. I say right on!!

Before I had to rush out to video a funeral I was able to address the chair. I asked that we reach out to young folks because there were none in the room. I also said we must tell folks who ask for our support that we are not going to support them but will support the person who we feel is the better candidate. I said we are all excited about this meeting appointing a 1st Congressional District Chair but if we are not organized at the precinct level and the county level it means nothing.

Don and I go way back because we have had some serious conversations about party issues and when he was seeking the appointment for the unexpired term of Senator Frank Ballance along with G.K. Butterfield. Don decided to withdraw his name.

Don served one term in the Senate and was defeated last year but his day will come again if he decide to run in the future.

Again thank you Don for representing me as the 1st Congressional District Chair. You have my support 100%.

 

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Opponents of Sanderson Farms make up a small minority – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

I want to applaud the Rocky Mount Telegram for taking a leadership position by supporting the Sanderson Farms proposed facility. A recent front-page article on Jan. 23 and analysis of the issues was in-depth and dispelled many of the myths that have been floated by the Nash County Landowners Association. (Read more)

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Expert: Rocky Mount must lead effort to rebrand region – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

CHAPEL HILL — As the “20-ton gorilla” of the Twin Counties region, Rocky Mount needs to be the leader in rebranding the region for economic competitiveness, Dr. James Johnson said at the Rocky Mount City Council retreat. (Paid Content)

College Round-Up “Stomping the Yard” Step Show Competition

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COLLEGE ROUND-UP

 

“Stomping the Yard’’

Step Show Competition

Friday, March 11, 2011
at 6:00 p.m.

Keihin Auditorium

Edgecombe Community College

2009 W Wilson ST

Tarboro, NC

$7.00 advance/$10.00 door

Contact: faysmith@netzero.net

                    bfbryant@nrms.k12.nc.us

 

252.883-2667/252.452-0356 after 5pm

 

Advance tickets can be purchase day of event from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at

 Keihin Auditorium

Butterfield to Visit Robersonville Monday

U.S. House of Representative SealU.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

First District of North Carolina


 

For Release:  Immediate

 

 

Date:  February 19, 2011

 

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101


 

Butterfield to Visit Robersonville Monday

 

Robersonville, N.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield will visit on Monday, February 21 to see the progress on a hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing project, and to take part in a Black History Month program at East End Elementary School.

 

Over the past few years, Butterfield has secured more than $4.1 million in federal funds for the development of a hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing facility through the Martin County Economic Development Corporation and its partner, Microcell.

 

In February 2007, the Raleigh-based Microcell acquired an 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Robersonville, and that company has been working toward large-scale manufacturing of hydrogen fuel cells.

 

Butterfield will be touring the facility, speaking with company officials and learning about the progress made toward full-scale production.

 

Later, Butterfield will be visiting East End Elementary School to take part talk with students about the importance of Black History Month. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month and as a time to recognize and celebrate of achievements and central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

 

Butterfield’s schedule in Robersonville on Monday will be as follows:

 

Monday, February 21, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Tour and Meeting

Microcell Corporation

8902 U.S. Highway 64, Robersonville, N.C.

 

Monday, February 21, 2 – 2:45 p.m.

Black History Month Program

East End Elementary School

1121 Third Street Extension, Robersonville, N.C.

 

Butterfield to Announce Federal Funding for Wilson Tuesday

U.S. House of Representative SealU.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

First District of North Carolina


For Release:  Immediate

Date:  February 19, 2011

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101


Butterfield to Announce Federal Funding for Wilson Tuesday

Wilson, N.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield will announce federal grant funding for the Wilson Fire Department on Tuesday, February 22.

Butterfield will meet with State Fire Marshall Wayne Goodwin, Wilson Fire Chief Don Oliver and Wilson Assistant Fire Chief Randy Godwin and learn more about new fire safety technology.

WHAT: Butterfield to announce federal grant funding for Wilson Fire Department

WHERE: Wilson Fire and Life Safety Adventure House, 207 Hines Street West, Wilson, N.C.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 22

Butterfield to Visit Roanoke Rapids Tuesday

U.S. House of Representative SealU.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

First District of North Carolina


 

For Release:  Immediate

 

 

Date:  February 19, 2011

 

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101


 

Butterfield to Visit Roanoke Rapids Tuesday

 

Roanoke Rapids, N.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield will visit Tuesday to announce federal funding for the fire department and to replace an American flag stolen from the Social Security Administration office.

 

Butterfield will announce the federal funding at the Roanoke Rapids Fire Station #1 at 1 p.m. Mayor Emery Daughtie, Fire Chief Gary Corbet, City Manager Paul Sabiston, Assistant Fire Chief Ricky Dickens, Battalion Chief Jason Patrick, fire fighters and other city officials, will join him.

 

Butterfield will also visit the Social Security Administration office at 2 p.m. to provide an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol that will replace a stolen flag.

 

Butterfield’s schedule in Roanoke Rapids will be as follows:

 

1 – 1:30 p.m.

Roanoke Rapids Fire Station #1

643 Roanoke Avenue, Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

 

2 – 2:30 p.m.

Social Security Administration Office

833 Gregory Drive, Roanoke Rapids, N.C.