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Democrats in the 1st Congressional District elected new officers. Each candidate was given 1 minute to address the audience.
The floor was opened for nominations. Rev. Roosevelt Higgs as usual nominated himself again. He nominated himself for the Edgecombe County Chair office in April. Mr. Cotton Rawls (white) male nominated former Nash County Democratic Party chair Ms. Gwen Wilkins (black) female. The nomination was closed on said names.
Higgs said he has worked with the district for the past 30 some years and he offered himself because he wanted to see the party continue to move forward. He wanted to see the party grow. He said the district make up is 48 percent white, 50 percent black and 2 percent other. He said he passed out a map showing the district runs from the coast to the Virginia line. He said he felt the officers should reflect the racial, gender and geographic make-up of our district. He said he do not think all of the officers should not be in elbow reach of each other. He said he lives in Edgecombe County and Ms. Gwen Wilkins lives in Nash County which makes them next door neighbors. He said he asked Ms. Wilkins a couple of weeks ago to be his running partner and she in return asked him to be her running mate. He said he asked her was she repeating the question back to him? Higgs said with that in mind he was going to yield to Ms. Wilkins because she is his next door neighbor and he would support her.
It is a damn shame that Higgs can not be banned from speaking during Democratic Party events because all he does is keep a lot of confusion going and prolong the process.
Wilkins thanked everyone for their support. She said she have a great repore with the state party. She said she wants to keep the party connected. She stressed she do not bite her tongue.
Cotton Rawls was nominated for 1st vice chair and was elected by acclimation.
Edgecombe County Democratic Party Chair Allen Mitchell nominated former Edgecombe County chair Genoetre Penny-Boone for 2nd vice chair. Higgs stood up and said that again he want to speak to the issue of the officers being within elbow reach.
Bennett Taylor was also nominated for 2nd vice.
Penny-Boone read her information that she had passed out during the convention stating her qualifications.
Bennett Taylor has served as the 3rd vice chair and he said he would like to continue to move the district forward.
Penny-Boone received 341 votes and Taylor 105 votes.
Rawls was given the opportunity to come up and he thanked the Dems for electing him as 1st vice.
Ann Huggins said she wanted to nominate the youngest person in the audience today, Dennis Mitchell as the 3rd Vice Chair. Mitchell was elected by acclimation.
Mitchell thanked everyone. He said we do not know who will be our next Senator but it will not be Richard Burr.
Mayor Fred Yates said he nominate another young person, Makyla Morris for secretary. She was elected by acclimation.
Morris thanked everyone and said she was already taking notes. She said she wanted to bring the district closer together and she was ready to kick some butt.
Higgs said that being the other officers were mostly black he nominated Pauline Webster. Yates nominated Bennett Taylor.
Webster said she retired after 25 years as a bookkeeper for the state of NC. She worked as a congressional aide for 7 years.
Taylor said he has been knowing Webster for years and he felt she would do a good job so he was resigning.
This concluded the election.
Higgs had food prepared. Wonder who donated that?
There were only about 9 delegates from Edgecombe County and the only elected official present was my Sheriff James L. Knight. It is funny how when other folks were in charge of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party they always attended the convention.
Folks I say that to say this, race matters and always will.