I am requesting that Lawrence Taylor Chair resign effective immediately because after the Annual Executive Committee held on Tuesday January 30, 2018 it is clear he is not going to follow the NC Democratic Party Plan of Organization.
On Tuesday night Lawrence left off the minutes on the Agenda and it was clear it was intentional. He said that we had had time to review the agenda and he asked for an approval. Ms. Judith Moss made the motion and Mrs. Linda Tharrington Goins 2nd. I called for the question. I asked why were there no line for the minutes. The chair said he took the template for this meeting from previous meetings and there were no minutes. He said he had documentation to prove that because he had brought them with him. Who does that? I said I am not aware of such and if that happened then that didn’t make it right. I said I don’t want to see it but I have the videos.
Really? There were no minutes because I had asked for minutes last year via internet. After his ignant conversation about the minutes in response to me he continue to vote on the approval of the agenda.
Then Rev. Roy Gray stood up and asked to do a silent prayer for Roland Clark a former Tarboro Councilman. He said if he was out of order it could come up later. What? That should have come under the line Prayer on the Agenda however there was no line for Prayer. Lawrence lead a silent Prayer.
Lawrence said that we would now have the roll call.
The 1st vice chair Martha Knight Johnson did the roll call while the secretary Pastor Yvette Hart-Brown set there. During the roll call Pastor Thomas L. Walker’s name was called as chair of the Democratic Men. Later on the agenda Lawrence said we didn’t have a Democratic Men’s Chair and I said the last time I checked Walker was. He said Walker had gotten with him and he was no longer the chair so if anyone is interested let him know. I said so when were going to be notified of this.
The following names were no longer valid Susan Coker Craig because she lost her seat in the Pinetops Town Election in 2017. Wilson Jones name was called and Rev. Roy Gray said that he was deceased.
Precinct 1-4 Tarboro Rev. Roy Gray Chair and Linda Tharrington Goins Vice Chair names were left off.
Lawrence said he had just got the list from the state.
No quorum was noted. After the vote was carried out I said let the minutes reflect that I voted nay.
Lawrence went to the Treasurer’s Report. The chair read the report. He gave the beginning balance of $1640.53 and the ending balance of $164.14. He said that $75.00 was received from Rocky Mount Councilman Reuben Blackwell on the day before the meeting. Wow! Should have been written in the report. He said now the balance was $239.14. Evelyn Wilson asked about the amount collected when they had the Christmas Party and he said an additional $34.00 should be added and now the total is $273.14.
I asked about the checking account being moved to another bank and the fees being charged to the account because the balance went below so therefore the fees were accumulated.
I asked how much was the chair allowed to spend when the executive committee is not in session and he said around $200.00.
Evelyn Wilson made the motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report and again I asked that the minutes reflect that I voted nay.
So how was a vote taken on the Agenda and the Treasurer’s Report when the roll call had not taken place?
I thought about some years ago Lawrence Taylor served as Treasurer on a candidate’s campaign and the money could not be accounted for when the candidate got ready to do some things within the campaign.
Now Lawrence went to Annual Reports from Dr. Florence Arnold Armstrong Edgecombe County Board of Elections, Linda Tharrington Goins State Executive Committee and the Democratic Women Sarah Peveler. Well where was Lawrence Taylor’s the chair’s report? He gave no report on the state of Edgecombe County Politics, stare of NC Politics nor the state National Politics. There was no mention of Sheriff Clee Atkinson announcing in December that he was seeking election of Sheriff in May.
Next on the Agenda was the Edgecombe County Strategic Plan 2018 – 2019. Well we should have already had this in place knowing that the filing period is in February, the Primary Elections in May and the General Elections in November.
After Lawrence spoke about the plan I questioned it along with Sarah Peveler about he not seeking any input from the executive committee. He said he was going to do what he wanted to do to make the party look good so therefore he was going to ignore what the Plan of Organizations says as follows:
2.05 DUTIES OF COUNTY OFFICERS Chair. The duties of the county chair shall include: 1. Preside at county executive committee meetings and county conventions; 2. Draft, in consultation with the county executive committee, a strategic plan outlining reasonable political goals for the county; 3. Execute the strategic plan approved by the county executive committee;10. Attend meetings of the district and state executive committees; 11. Serve as the spokesperson for the county executive committee; 12. Serve as the liaison between the county executive committee and the district executive committee, the state party officers, and the state executive committee; 13. Represent the county executive committee at party and non-party meetings and functions; 14. Appoint a county party attorney, to serve at the Chair’s pleasure; 15. Carry out other duties as may be assigned by this Plan of Organization or by the county or state executive committees;
Read the other duties by going to the Plan of Organization by clicking on the following link https://www.ncdp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Plan-of-Organization-as-Amended-08-19-17-2.pdf
After some lengthy discussion Dr. Florence Arnold Armstrong asked could she speak and if she was out of line then stop her. Well 1st of all she is not an Executive Committee member and definitely not a voting member. She was asked to attend the meeting to give a report on the Board of Elections which limits her to what she can say and do. Therefore she should not have been allowed to speak on the issue of Sarah and my concerns about inclusiveness as we discussed the Strategic Plan that was suppose to be voted on. Florence made it sound as if Sarah and I wanted to be in charge saying that since we were not at the table just go with the plan. Oh hell to the no. I refuse to allow any Democrat be they on the Executive Committee or not to attempt to play upon my intelligence and anyone else that speak to what the Plan of Organization states.
Later on the Agenda was Financial Appeal by 1st Vice Chair Martha Knight Johnson who have no clue of her role as a county officer. Her role is as follows:
First Vice Chair. The duties of the county first vice chair shall be such as may be assigned by the county chair and shall include the following: 1. Preside at county executive committee meetings and county conventions in the absence of the chair; 2. Plan and organize county executive committee meetings and county conventions; 3. Notify precinct chairs as to the number of votes that each precinct is entitled to cast at the county executive committee and the county convention; 4. 4. Serve as the coordinator for all precinct and party organizing efforts within the county, in consultation with the other officers and consistent with the strategic plan approved by the county executive committee; 5. Attend meetings of the district executive committee; 6. Carry out other duties as may be assigned by the county executive committee;
Martha prolonged the meeting with a bunch of nonsense. She asked for money and I said who gonna give money to the party and the chair is spending it without any control. Martha asked who would sign up to work with her on Getting Out To Vote? Well why did she bring that up because that should have been a part of the Strategic Plan. She asked Bronson Williams would he work with her since he was the youngest person present. He said he would work along with all the Precinct Chairs and not sign up just to work with her because the organizational structure was already in place. Of course Martha didn’t get that.
Read the other duties of the 1st Vice Chair Martha’s role by going to the Plan of Organization by clicking on the following link https://www.ncdp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Plan-of-Organization-as-Amended-08-19-17-2.pdf
It was obvious at the end of the meeting Evelyn Wilson had some concerns about the envelope that Martha Knight Johnson passed out seeking donations. She wanted to know who would receive the envelopes and if it goes to the Post Office who would pick it up. Lawrence couldn’t give a direct response and it was obvious that something was not right. The secretary should be the one that picks up the mail. Lawrence said that he implemented something about the Post Office but that makes no sense. If I am correct the Post Office Box was already set up in Rocky Mount. But what I do know is that the current secretary Pastor Yvette Hart-Brown lives in Tarboro so I would think that is where the Post Office Box should be and should have been anyway. Tarboro is the county seat.
Evelyn Wilson said it makes a difference where the money goes and who picks it up but she made it plain and clear that she would be writing a check.
Although I did not vote for you I did an open letter to Lawrence saying I would support you but you have been a total embarrassment to me. I have requested information and I have not received any. The following link speaks to my request https://curmilus.wordpress.com/?s=Lawrence+Taylor. However just last week on County Commissioner Viola Harris Facebook page there were some discussions that included Sarah Peveler, Linda Tharrington Goins, Lawrence Taylor and myself and I had to refer him to a section in the Plan of Organization as it related to Meeting Notices. I have requested I be notified of meetings via email and Lawrence said that because I was a precinct chair I had to receive notice in the mail. I told him to read 11.02 MEETING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS Unless otherwise provided for in this Plan of Organization, written notice, sent via email, must be given to members for all meetings of any committee, subcommittee or council authorized under this Plan of Organization, unless members request that all such notices be sent via U.S. Mail as follows: Read the entire section by clicking on the following link: https://www.ncdp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Plan-of-Organization-as-Amended-08-19-17-2.pdf.
I am asking for Lawrence Taylor chair of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party to resign effective immediately because:
1. It was obvious Lawrence came to the Annual Meeting held on Tuesday January 30, 2018 with a personal agenda not one not via the Plan of Organization.
2. Lawrence intentionally left off the Minutes on the Agenda. I asked for the minutes to be included on the Agenda.
3. Lawrence has spent the money in the Treasurer’s Report without authorization. I asked for receipts of how the money was spent.
4. During the Strategic Plan discussion Lawrence had a problem with Sarah Peveler and myself questioning inclusiveness and this is spelled out in the Plan of Organization.
5. Also during a meeting at the Edgecombe County Library Tarboro NC in 2017 Lawrence said in the county officers meeting that he called invited Dr. Florence Armstrong to come and give a report on the Board of Elections but no other Democrats were invited nor was the meeting advertised. He had food at the meeting. But the sad part is with Attorney Jim Marrow 3rd Vice Chair a white male Lawrence said no offense Mr. Marrow but someone told him that they were not coming to nigger meeting.
If the Lawrence do not step down effective immediately I am going to petition the executive committee for signatures.
10.00 REMOVAL AND VACATING OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS 10.01 GROUNDS FOR REMOVAL
All Other Officers or Members as Respondent. The petition shall be submitted in writing to the state chair and shall be signed by three (3) Petitioners. The state chair, upon a majority vote of the elected officers of the state executive committee agreeing that the petition has sufficient merit to warrant a full hearing, shall call, pursuant to this Plan of Organization, a meeting of the Council of Review to hear the Petitioner(s), the Respondent(s), and other interested parties or witnesses. A two-thirds vote of those members of the Council of Review present and voting shall be necessary to remove an officer or member. The secretary of the Council of Review shall cause a detailed account of any removal and replacement hereunder to be filed with the state chair. The Council of Review shall otherwise follow its procedures as set forth in Section 9.08 herein. Petitioner(s) and Respondent(s) shall have the right to appeal any decision by the Council of Review on their respective case to the State Executive Council.
Click on the following link to read the entire section https://www.ncdp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Plan-of-Organization-as-Amended-08-19-17-2.pdf.
Note: Click on each photo to watch video of the Tuesday January 30, 2018 meeting.
I am Curmilus Dancy II
Sunday February 4, 2018