Edgecombe County Democrats That Were On The Call To Appoint A New County Chair Was Because As Follows And Not What Martha K. Johnson Said

First of all the call should not have taken 3 hours and should have been over in 1 hour or less.

The real reason why we were having the meeting unlike why the chair was saying we were is that Rev. Higgs and the entire County Executive Committee including Martha failed to perform their duties after being elected in 2019. A petition was filed shortly after asking for a re-election of the County Officers however the NC State Democratic Party failed to respond to the petition. Somehow it just didn’t get done.

Later another petition was filed and this petition was upheld. The petition was held and Higgs was removed.

I was on a April 6 call with the NC State Democratic Party, Deborah Jordan, Viola Harris, Sarah Peveler, State Chair, State Director, Rev. Higgs and a couple of others. Martha and no other County Officers got on the call. We were trying to get the County Convention together but the State had no information from Higgs about what precincts had met. I told the State Chair and the Director that I would send them the list of the Executive Committee that Higgs gave out when we appointed the Register of Deeds on December 17, 2020. I went to OFFICE DEPOT and made copies of the list of the County Executive Committee and my Precinct Package and had OFFICE DEPOT emailed them to the State Director. I said to call these chairs to see if they are still the chair and if they were not they would be able to tell you if they met and also if they were not they should be able to tell them who the new chairs are.

Higgs acted a damn fool on the April 6 call and said he had no respect for the State Chair.

Martha moved up per the Plan of Organization to carry out the duties of the acting chair until a chair was elected. Well she did ab so damn lute ly nothing to bring the entire Executive Committee together and especially to get precincts organized since she knew they were questions during the County Conventions that she carried out with the help of the State Party doing as less as she possibly could. However I questioned why Martha made it all about her because she should have had a meeting with the other 4 County Officers so that they could make decisions and together. That is the purpose of the (6) County Officers which was down to 5 since Higgs had been removed.

Higgs was removed by the NC State Democratic Party and he appealed. The appeal was upheld.

Some of us had been trying to communicate with the County Officers and they would not respond to us nor the State but Martha was only basically communicating with Don Davis. Wrong answer!

So Edgecombe County Democrats this is the reason why we had to hold an election to replace Rev. Roosevelt Higgs unlike Martha using up all of that time trying to make the petitioners look bad because all they wanted was for the Edgecombe County Democratic Party to be a functioning party because up until now the County Officers had not performed their duties.

Now there you have it however I have emails to validate everything I am saying.

 

Democrats oust Edgecombe party leader

By JOHN H. WALKER Staff Writer

The Rev. Roosevelt Higgs is out as chairman of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party following action Saturday by the Council of Review of the state party.

The vote came following a nearly five-hour ZOOM meeting.

Higgs says he doesn’t care but added that he plans to appeal.

“As far as I’m concerned, they can all go to hell,” Higgs told the Telegram Sunday. “The North Carolina Democratic Party is the equivalent of a slave ship.”

Saturday’s vote came after five female members of the county party filed a petition for Higgs’ removal. It was the second filing in as many years.

The petition was filed by Sarah Peveler, president of the Democratic Women of Edgecombe County, Deborah Jordan, chairwoman of the Edgecombe County African American Caucus, Linda Goines, vice chairwoman for precinct 1-4, Janice Bulluck, former chairwoman of precinct 12-3, and Judith Moss, vice chairwoman for precinct 1-2.

On Sunday, Peveler, identified as the lead petitioner, said the group was expecting a press release from the state party and wanted to wait for it before making a statement.

Higgs claimed the entire action — both the complaint and vote — stemmed from the fact he didn’t do as state party Chairman Wayne Goodwin wanted.

“The whole thing came from the fact Edgecombe County didn’t hold a county convention, but I told them there wasn’t going to be a convention,” he said. “(It) was the equivalent of a mob coming into town and trying to rescue (state party chairman) Wayne Goodwin for his misdeeds related to the Edgecombe County (party) convention.”

Higgs said he is finished with the Democratic Party.

“Last night (Saturday) at 9:45, I was asked to coordinate the Progressive Democrats of Edgecombe County and it’s not affiliated with the Democratic Party,” he said. “The North Carolina Democratic Party has been pimping our community forever and it’s time for it to stop.”

Higgs said he will do everything in his power to see that Goodwin, the party’s nominee for state insurance commissioner, loses in the General Election.

On Sunday, Higgs suggested a visit to a website hosted by Curmulus “Butch” Dancy to get more details about the chain of events.

While Dancy’s website at curmilus.wordpress.com does address the convention and more alleged misdeeds, it also includes a link at www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu9etFLf5RU&feature=youtu.be&has_verified=1 to recordings from four voice messages left by Higgs for Dancy.

At least one was a profanity-laced message for Dancy, a member of the county executive committee and long-standing critic of Higgs.

“It (removal) don’t mean nothing to me. I’m not through with the Democratic Party,” he said. “You can tell them all (local petitioners) I said they can go to hell.”

Higgs then went on to single out at least two of the petitioners and made multiple derisive comments about them.

Higgs put a racial twist on the vote, telling Dancy, “It’s white fear, trying to protect white fear.”

On his site, Dancy wrote, “I have been challenging Higgs since the late 80s early 90s and today (Saturday) is a good day for me. He has been a nasty something and especially to women in the party. I have videoed the meetings so it is documented.”

According to Dancy’s post, the county party is required to meet within 30 days to replace Higgs.

See original article Rocky Mount Telegram 

Democrats oust Edgecombe party leader

Rev. Roosevelt Higgs History Of Harassing Phone Calls Now Has Been Removed From Edgecombe County Democratic Party By The Council Of Review

You have to listen to these audios can’t just make this stuff up. This dude is something serious. He needs some help.

Rev. Roosevelt Higgs has been removed as Chair of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party and can no longer serve as an officer of the party on the local, state and national level. It has been a long time coming. On Saturday June 13, 2020 the Edgecombe County Democratic Party can now move forward without having to deal with Higgs manipulating the work of the party. Higgs has been so disrespectful to many especially women in the party who question his motives. However I have been challenging his motives, manipulation and bullying since the late 80’s early 90’s. I have tried to deal with his ignorance over the years respecting him in his title so now I don’t have to deal with him at all.
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Edgecombe Democrats seek chairman’s ouster By JOHN H. WALKER Staff Writer May 21, 2020

imageA petition to remove Roosevelt Higgs as chairman of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party will be heard by state party officials.

On Wednesday, state Democratic Party Executive Director Meredith Cuomo told the Telegram, “The (state Democratic Party) is taking these calls from our fellow Democrats very seriously. In line with the (state) Democratic Party Plan of Organization, the statewide party officers unanimously determined that the matter will proceed to a hearing. The Council of Review, a diverse group of Democrats representing each North Carolina Congressional District, will hear the matter in the very near future.”

The petition is the second time in as many years that a petition has been filed with the state party seeking Higgs’ removal as party chairman.

In his letter, Dancy wrote, “Higgs was calling around saying the convention was canceled because he was refusing to participate and cooperate.”

Dancy also referenced a conference call that he initiated with state party officials: “I have some concerns that Edgecombe County Chair Rev. Roosevelt Higgs refused to participate and to cooperate with the state Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin and Political Director Lorenzo Pedro on a conference call on Monday, April 6.” (Read more)

Edgecombe Democrats seek chairman’s ouster

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A petition to remove Roosevelt Higgs as chairman of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party will be heard by state party officials.

On Wednesday, state Democratic Party Executive Director Meredith Cuomo told the Telegram, “The (state Democratic Party) is taking these calls from our fellow Democrats very seriously. In line with the (state) Democratic Party Plan of Organization, the statewide party officers unanimously determined that the matter will proceed to a hearing. The Council of Review, a diverse group of Democrats representing each North Carolina Congressional District, will hear the matter in the very near future.”

The petition is the second time in as many years that a petition has been filed with the state party seeking Higgs’ removal as party chairman.

The petition was filed by Sarah Peveler, president of the Democratic Women of Edgecombe County; Deborah Jordan, chairwoman of the Edgecombe County African American Caucus; Linda Goines, vice chairwoman for precinct 1-4; Janice Bulluck, former chairwoman of precinct 12-3; and Judith Moss, vice chairwoman for precinct 1-2.

The petition alleges Higgs is in violation of the party’s Plan of Organization and asks that he be removed from office.

Peveler, as lead petitioner, told the Telegram, “None of the petitioners can comment because this is a grievance and petition in process under the jurisdiction of the (state) Democratic Party Plan of Organization.” (Read more)

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Open Letter To Edgecombe County Democratic Party & The NC State Democratic Party Headquarters

I have some concerns that the Edgecombe County Chair Rev. Roosevelt Higgs refused to participate and to cooperate with the NC State Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin and Lorenzo Pedro Political Director on a conference call on Monday April 6, 2020. Higgs refused to send information to the State that consisted of the Edgecombe County Precinct Chairs, County Officers and County Elected Officials and sustaining funds.

The reason there was a conference call on Monday April 6 was because I had contacted Goodwin. Higgs was very disrespectful to many on the call especially Deborah Jordan, Sarah Peveler, Goodwin and myself. Higgs refused to respond to questions and refused to send information to the State Headquarters. Higgs did not send information which is names and monies sent to him to be sent to the state in 2019 when he was elected and again this year March 2020. Higgs was calling around saying the Convention was cancelled because the was refusing to participate and cooperate.

On Tuesday April 21, 2020 I went to Office Depot and scanned and emailed 15 pages that included the party information that Higgs gave us during the meeting in December 2019 when we met and appointed the Register of Deeds to replace the unexpired term of the Democrat that retired. This information was never sent to the state from the 2019 convention. I also sent in another 5 pages for my precinct delegates to the convention. Lorenzo said he would enter the information in Vote Builder.

The State reached out to 1st Vice Chair Martha Knight Johnson to preside over the convention and she was to contact County Democrats to make sure precincts were registered for the convention. She contacted who she wanted to. Johnson called me on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. On Saturday morning I asked for the agenda and the slate of officers she said she had for the appointments and she didn’t respond.

During the Convention the agenda did not include the minutes from the 2019 Convention and the Treasurer’s Report. Johnson said she asked that Viola Harris help the secretary with the meeting and I asked why. Again the secretary not allowed to do her duties without Higgs or Johnson intervening.

Johnson did not tell the precinct chairs what was on the agenda and if I had received it I would have questioned before the meeting opened why the minutes and the treasurer’s report was not on the agenda. When I seen it when it came up on the presentation I didn’t say anything because I was going to see if anyone else were going to say anything.

Johnson presented the slate of names for the committee appointments and they were all of the folk she handpicked including her name for an appointment. It is clear she had contacted the other 5 and they all had agreed to serving. I questioned the process and disagreed with it.

What happened at the county convention on Saturday April 25 is similar to what Higgs would have done if he had chaired the meeting.

It is sad that the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee members go along with whoever the chair is presiding and do not question mess. The Edgecombe County Democratic Party is and has been dysfunctional for the past 6 plus years.

My question is how will the NC State Democratic Party address Rev. Roosevelt Higgs refusal to cooperate and participate in the County Convention. He refused to send the names and monies to Raleigh that supposed to have been sent within 5 days.

I am requesting that Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Chair, 1st Vice Chair Martha Knight Johnson, 2nd Vice Gladys Shelton whom was appointed after the convention because the Democrat that was named didn’t accept and Higgs appointed Shelton. An election for the 2nd Vice Chair should have been held per the Plan of Organization and also Bronson Williams 3rd Vice Chair. It is time for some new officers so that the party can move forward.

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 
Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee
Pinetops North Carolina

Edgecombe County Democratic Party Convention Virtual Meeting Chair Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Refuse To Participate & Tried To Cancel Convention

Chair Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Tried To Cancel Convention So He Chose Not To Participate Nor Cooperate With The State Party. First Vice Chair Martha Knight Johnson Chaired The Meeting Saturday April 25, 2020 3:00 PM. Lorenzo Pedro Political Director NC State Democratic Party Operated Zoom. Video Begin With Audio Only Then When Meeting Official Begin It Will Be Video.
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