Craven County  Democratic Party.  Craven County, North Carolina
From the Chair
Fellow Democrats,

The Democratic Party is now scheduling Poll Observers to serve inside the polls as observers of the election process. This is an opportunity to be sure that all goes well and all voters are treated fairly when voting. For the first time in over 20 years, Republicans are in control of the polls. Our Board of Elections staff have been doing a great job of training the people staffing the polls, but we want to be there to observe that everyone pays attention to that training and all voters are treated fairly.

To successfully cover all the polls during early voting, we need you to volunteer help. By law, poll observers must serve a 4 hour shift in the polling Site. They can observe and take notes, but not interfere in the election process. The reports of poll observers following their shift is very important in monitoring elections. All poll observers will receive training. That said, the training is this Saturday with a repeat on Monday and the volunteer work begins next Thursday, April 24. Time is of the essence!

Please contact to volunteer for this important role in the Party. Looking forward to hearing from you,

Rachel Parnell

Chair, Craven County Democratic Party

Our Next Meeting
The next meeting will be Monday, April 28

The meeting will be held held at the Famous Restaurant at 2210 Neuse Boulevard, New Bern. The Dutch treat dinner is at 5:30 pm. The meeting begins at 6:30.


Monday, April 24. Begin early voting for Primary Election.

Tuesday,May 6. Primary Election.

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Craven County Representatives
Sen. Norman Sanderson (R):
629 Legislative Office Building
Phone: (919) 733-5706
Legislative Mailing Address:
NC Senate
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 629
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Rep. George Graham (D)
(District 12):

1317 Legislative Building
Phone: 919-733-5995
Legislative Mailing Address:
NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1317
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

Rep. John R. Bell, IV (R)
(District 10):

418A Legislative Office Building
Phone: 919-715-3017
Legislative Mailing Address:
NC House of Representatives
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 418A
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Rep. Michael Speciale (R)
(District 3):

1008 Legislative Building
Phone: 919-733-5853
Legislative Mailing Address:
NC House of Representatives
16 W. Jones Street, Room 1008

Elected Officials, Craven County (PDF)

Our Republicans in Raleigh
Conservative Republican Legislature Extends Big Government With an Iron Rule
By Rob Christensen

(4/20) For years we heard conservatives say that the government closest to the people governs best. But they were talking about Washington. When it comes to Raleigh, the new Republican majority has not hesitated to use state power to advance their own agenda – even if it means disregarding local sentiment.

Most people still believe in local community control. A recent national poll conducted by Mason-Dixon found that 37 percent of those interviewed put the most trust in their local governments, as opposed to 22 percent in their state government and 12 percent in the federal government. Among Republicans, the local lean was even more pronounced.
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Public Opinion of General Assembly is Slipping

(3/17) GOP Gov. Pat McCrory remains popular, but Republican rule in Raleigh is getting mediocre reviews, according to a new pollWhen asked how Republicans in general are doing running state government, 23 percent approved and 49 percent disapproved. Republican rule was being pulled down by the public’s low opinion of the legislature. The legislature had an approval rating of 23 percent and a disapproval rating of 49 percent.
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The Speciale Watch

Republican House freshman Michael Speciale (HD-03) has attracted public attention with his intemperate remarks and sponsorship of extremist legislation. In this section of our website, we intend to keep an eye on Representative Speciale's future activities.

Michael Speciale opposed House Bill 930 which would require puppy mills to provide dogs with food and water, clean bedding, daily exercise and veterinary care and humane euthanasia when needed. Speciale believed the language of the bill was ambiguous and stated on the House floor: "'Exercise on a daily basis' – if I kick him across the floor, is that considered daily exercise? 'Euthanasia performed humanely' – so should I choose the ax or the baseball bat?" When a fellow Representative called his remarks "disgusting," Speciale said, "I will debate as I believe to be most effective, and I will not succumb to political correctness." Read more: Speciale defends comments on puppy mill bill (

Michael Speciale was a cosponsor of House Bill 17, which would remove the prohibition on Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) holders carrying a concealed firearm into any establishment licensed to serve alcohol.

Michael Speciale, fired off an angry email calling state NAACP leader Rev. William Barber's comments racist. Speciale's email opened the door for Barber to unleash another attack on a Republican legislator. Read more: House freshman Calls NAACP Chief 'racist' in Email (

Editorial Policy
All Democratic activists, candidates, and elected officials are encouraged to contribute to the this Website and the Craven Democrat Newsletter. The editor reserves the right to edit and shorten accepted items. Deadline for submission is the 15th of each month for inclusion in the next month’s newsletter. I look forward to receiving your ideas, comments, and submissions. Rachel Parnell,, or 514-2198.

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