Democrats plot strategies for midterms – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Gate Keeper – What is missing in this article?

TARBORO — National, state and local Democrats met to strategize about the upcoming midterm elections on Wednesday in Tarboro.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District; state Rep. Shelly Willingham, D-Edgecombe; and Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson spoke to a small crowd in the auditorium of the county administration building.

Doug Wilson, the party’s deputy executive director, opened the meeting by telling Democrats that the news media may believe Democrats are down and out after Judge Brett Kavanaugh was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the Democratic base has been energized ever since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016.

State Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin said to be successful in the midterms, the party will have to rely on its women members. (Read more)

NC Democratic Party State Chair Was In Edgecombe County Wednesday But Were The Democrats Informed?

I am an elected Democratic Party Precinct Chair and I heard about the NC State Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin was coming to town. I was told the chair was calling around saying the state chair wanted to come and meet with the candidates.

There were some conversation on Facebook trying to confirm if the state chair was coming and he confirmed it. However nothing was ever posted on the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Facebook Page but it was posted on Lawrence personal page.

On Saturday morning October 6 around 9:20 am during the end of the Dr. G.L. Knight Show on WCPS in Tarboro Lawrence happened to come on and spoke about the chair coming.

I did not receive a call nor any information via mail from Lawrence about the state chair coming to town, however after later seeing an event that was created on the NC Democratic Party Facebook page about the state chair touring Edgecombe County, I did share it on my social media pages.

I work a real job and it was not a good day for me to take vacation because we have a monthly town hall meeting at work with management that is on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Today I have received several messages concerning what happened today as it relates to the state chair coming to Edgecombe County. The following is from a concerned Democrat of Edgecombe County.

“I don’t know if you know but there was an Edgecombe Democratic Rally at the Auditorium of the Administrative building. GK Butterfield and the Chair of the National Democratic Party was there. There was no information regarding this event and only a few people were there. I can’t say what I want but hopefully you can. What has happened to our Edgecombe Democratic Party. Yes the Party Chair was there but no other Administration for the Democratic Party for Edgecombe County. Shelly, Clee and some from Martin County that came with Shelly as he was campaigning in Martin county and was just notified today. No commissioners, no school board, no mayor NO ONE!! Can you imagine what Chair for the National Democratic Party thought of Edgecombe County. What’s was shown as we are not fighting bc we don’t get informed.

I just don’t understand what in the hell is going on with the Edgecombe County Democratic Party. Are there other offices being held do we have a Vic Chair, treasurer secretary I mean where were they?? And why didn’t this notification get out?? It should have been packed with over 28,000 plus democrats in Edgecombe County. How is the Chair selected matter of fact how are all the offices for this party elected.”

First of all yes I knew but didn’t receive a phone call nor anything via mail from Lawrence Taylor who was elected chair nearly 2 years ago. I heard that our 1st Congressional District Congressman G.K. Butterfield was present. It was not the National Democratic Party but the State Party.

Lawrence Taylor who was elected nearly 2 years ago has done nothing but been a disaster for the Edgecombe County Democratic Party. I tried to make the party members see where the party was going and no one wanted to deal with the issue so as far as I am concerned we do not have an Edgecombe County Democratic Party. Lawrence and the following make up the county officers that can meet and do things when the county party is not in session. The 1st Vice Chair is Martha Knight Johnson, 2nd Vice Chair Dr. Glenda Knight, 3rd Vice Chair Attorney Jim Marrow has not attended but one meeting since elected, Pastor Yvette Hart resigned her post as Secretary and the Treasurer is Stephanie Hunter. There has been some mess among the county officers so that is probably why they were not there. However I would question if Martha and Stephanie knew about the meeting. They probably didn’t know just like the precinct chairs and other committee members because the last meeting Lawrence had was in June and I understand it didn’t go well.

A rally should be held on a Saturday when most active folk especially black folk who works can attend. This October and most folk have little to no vacation time to plan to get off work and the vacation they have they must use it wisely the rest of the year. On my job we have a monthly town hall meeting with management on the 2nd Wednesday and that is another reason why I chose not to attend the event with the state chair.

I don’t recall seeing anything in the newspaper about the event. Actually Tarboro don’t have a real local newspaper. It was not posted on the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Facebook page matter of a fact nothing has been posted since June and that is in reference to the June meeting. Damn Lawrence has not called a meeting since June but I know why because he was shut down then because he has the party tore up. If you want folk to attend your event you ought to have since enough to contact your supposedly base. Lawrence base should be the other county officers which is the 5 other office positions. But then you have 21 precincts which consist of a chair and a vice chair along with the county elected officials. You advertise and invite all Democrats of Edgecombe County.

I do not think you can plan an event one week before and get a packed house without some hard work to get the folk there during that time of the day.

During the odd years at the Edgecombe County Democratic Party County Conventions the county officers which consist of the chair, 1st vice chair, 2nd vice chair, 3rd vice chair, secretary and treasurer are voted on by the Edgecombe County Executive Committee which consist of the precinct chairs and vice chairs and county elected officials that make up the Edgecombe County Democratic Party. However during the convention all Democrats are invited to attend and some can be delegates to the convention.

In my closing folk keep asking me what need to be done about Edgecombe County Democratic Party and I will repeat it again. Since Lawrence has refused to resign as chair, it only takes 3 signatures to file a petition to remove him. I have told them I will sign and actually I drafted a letter and someone wanted to add something but they never got back with me.

I understand that it is too late to remove Lawrence from his post before the November election but I be damn if we need to wait until the county convention next year in March or April to vote on new folk. We have no party officers as I see it and will challenge anyone who want to challenge me.

Wednesday October 10, 2018 should be a day to remember for all concerned Democrats. I am mad as hell because I have never seen the Edgecombe County Democratic Party operate at this level. We may have had some infighting over the years but we came together at the end of the day.

I am calling all Edgecombe County Democrats to rally around our Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson and the Edgecombe County Democratic Women because they are working to educate the citizens of the county.

Anyone who have some concerns that you would like to share with me my number is (252) 314-5484 or you can email me at and any of my social media pages.

Thank you NC State Chair Wayne Goodwin for stopping by Edgecombe County although I was not present but I did advertise the event.




Compare The Handwriting On Both Of These Letters Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Signature

Compare the handwriting letter in brown envelope when Higgs was chair in 2017 with letter white envelope and Lawrence K. Taylor is the chair.

So Higgs is calling women in the party bullying them. Couldn’t be my wife and/or daughter. Not even me because he has one more time to call my number.

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Edgecombe County Democratic Party Meeting Tuesday June 19, 2018 Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Continue To Operate From His Bully Pulpit

I received the following from a female Democrat on Saturday June 16, 2018. This is a conversation with Rev. Roosevelt Higgs

Man your friend just called me asking if I received my notice for the meeting. I said yes and then I asked if he sent them? He said no Lawrence did. Then he proceeded to say WE gonna set some things and people straight. Man I SNAPPED! I said just like I thought you were working behind the seen and made this man look like a fool from poor leadership! Then he went on to attack the DWEC! I told him we women have grown our membership and the chair and officers has done nothing. Then he said make sure me and you are there because he got something to tell you. I said Curmilius don’t have to and don’t want to talk to you so stop calling him. He don’t have to talk to you get it!

Rev. Roosevelt Higgs has been a bully all the years I have been in the party however he don’t scare me. I know how to deal with him and that is to not stoop to his level and deal with him legally.

The problem I have had over the years is how he has called and tried to bully women Democrats and the men say nothing but not I. Linda Tharrington Goins, Viola Harris, Gladys Shelton, Dorothy Joyner and others know I have stood up for them. This is why I don’t play with him because I know how he has called some women Democrats over the years.

What the Democrats at the meeting need to understand that Higgs is on the same level as they are and this is not a Roosevelt Higgs meeting. Actually anytime he get up to speak he has to be recognized like all others and he is not the chair. Hell he ain’t even a precinct chair because he lives in Tarboro in the EL Roberson Center with his mother but uses an address that do not exist in Speed.

Ya’ll can allow this fool to let the meeting be about him if you want but I will not allow mess. We will see how the parliamentary allow mess to go on in this meeting.

As I have stated it is of my opinion that the party is not organized and there need to be an organizational meeting and not a meeting to replace the secretary and other officers.

But all of you who have not questioned the mess that has gone on since Lawrence K. Taylor has been the chair you are partly responsible for his actions. I have questioned his actions every meeting but when ya’ll just voted and moved on, he felt he was justified in doing what he did. Well look at where the county party is now, gone to hell.

Well I can’t wait to learn the outcome of the meeting on Tuesday.


When the good Democrats want to talk about removing the current chair Lawrence K. Taylor and removing Rev. Higgs then and only then will I be ready. Well you already know what Taylor has done. The Chair and the folk that live in precinct that Higgs claim he lives know that he is lying. Those who are close to him know that he don’t live in Speed as well and if you go down to the property you will see that it is no livable housing on the property.

But I have come to the conclusion after trying to educate Democrats on what they needed to do to get the party right, if ya’ll like this mess, I love it and I am going to sit back and see how long you gonna continue to like it.

Oh Higgs sent ya’ll a message in my voicemail and now by calling a female trying bully her and then sending a message.

I am so glad he has not attempted to bully my wife and/or my daughter because he would be dealt with.

So Tuesday night ya’ll better be ready for the bully, I am ready for him at all times. I don’t have to deal with him unless I run into him at a party meeting because when I run into him at the County Commissioners meeting he act like he got some damn sense speak and keep it moving.

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If You Scared, Say It And Get The Hell Out Of The Way!

If You Scared, Say It And Get The Hell Out Of The Way!

You don’t want to fix things you want someone else to do it while criticizing the fixer!

And then when the problem is fixed then you want to act like you were working along with the fixer but I don’t recall you saying anything publicly.

It is okay to work behind the scene but stay behind the scene don’t come out like you have done something when you have done ab so damn lute ly nothing at the time mess was happening. If you didn’t say anything then that means to them you have validated their mess. I have heard this so many times.

Dude running around talking about he got some support. One has to be ignant as hell to have supported anything this dude has done so far because I can’t name one thing he has done.

Dude you know who I am talking about since you are running around talking about me and talking about doing a code of conduct for the meetings. Hell dude I have never been out of conduct in meetings so you can bring anything you want. What you need to do is bring the money you have spent since being in office.

Oh I have no problem with calling names because that is what I do but I understand you get ignant when you see that I have posted your name. Ain’t because I am scared it is because I know you know who I am talking about.

I have been doing what I do since the late 80’s so don’t think I am going to stop now.

Bronson Williams For Mayor Of Rocky Mount NC?

It is funny how folk didn’t want to support Bronson Williams for the Ward 3 appointment to replace Lamont Wiggins but yet said he need to wait and run for mayor. Really?

Now as active as Bronson has been going to city council speaking out and challenging the council, they didn’t support him for the appointment so what do you think they are going to do when it comes to a city wide election? Work against him. The council had the opportunity to appoint someone to Ward 3 when they can’t vote in the Ward and didn’t listen to the residents.

Folk better pay attention to the distractions from not only white folk but black folk who say they are with you.

Folk keep on playing it safe and not challenging things to the end.

I came to the conclusion a long time ago that I am going to stand up for what is right and who I feel is right because I know folk on a personal note what they stand for, what they sit for, what they speak out on and what they are silent on.

I repeat I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!

I am for justice no matter who it is for or against!

If you don’t want to hear these trues then don’t talk to me I don’t give a damn if you are black, brown, white and/or other. I will stand if I have to stand by myself. I am teamMe however I welcome folk who want to stand with me but otherwise I am good.

Now Run & Tell That!

Edgecombe County Democratic Party Secretary Resigns In A Letter To County Chair Lawrence K. Taylor, Democratic Women & Others

Thank you for your service you came in willing to learn and ready to work. However your job was made difficult. You tried.


To Chairman Lawrence, 

I herby tender my resignation as Secretary of the Executive Committee Board of Edgecombe County effective immediately. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve our beautiful community, but I feel that I can be of more help in other ways. 

I look forward to lending a helping hand in the future, helping our Party grow and heal. 

Yours in Christ,

Yvette Hart-Brown