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


Grand Opening Celebration—Democratic Headquarters

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 2:00 pm

727-A Professional Drive, New Bern

Candidates—Democratic Camaraderie—Light Refreshments

Judge Robin Hudson, NC Supreme Court

Judge Lucy Inman, NC Court of Appeals

Marshall Adame, Congressional District 3

Carr Ipock, NC Senate District 2

Representative George Graham, NC House District 12

Whit Whitley, NC House District 3

Sheriff Jerry Monette, Sheriff of Craven County

Terri Sharp, Clerk of Superior Court

Commissioner Johnnie Sampson, Commissioner District 3

Jason Jones, County Commissioner District 2

Arland Bell, Commissioner District 6

Greg Muse, County Commissioner District 7

Craven County Democratic Coordinated Campaign will host a phone bank: When: Thursday, July 24

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: 727-A Professional Way, New Bern

Respond: 636-0305, or

Volunteers attending the phone bank will be calling other Democrats thanking them for voting in this past primary election and encouraging them to sign up to volunteer for upcoming action events with the Craven County Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign.

Community Organization's Voter Registration Drive

What: Craven County Massive Voter Registration Drive Partnership Meeting
Purpose: Organizations coming together to pool resources to register Craven County voters.
When: July 25, 2014, at 6 pm.
Where: Omega Center
What: To strategize a plan of action to partner together in the goal to register voters. Please pass this announcement to ALL organizations civic and social, in Craven and neighboring counties.

To volunteer contact: Rachel Parnell at 514-2198 or e-mail

Sandra Wheeler at 288-4929 or e-mail "mailto:">

Barbara Harrison at 636-1961 or e-mail "mailto:">

Democrats are the best!

Rachel Parnell
Chair, Craven County Democratic Party

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

Our guests will be Rep. George Graham (if legislative session is adjourned in time)

The meeting will be held at Moore’s BBQ, 3621 Martin Luther King Jr. New Bern The Dutch treat dinner is at 5:30 pm. The meeting begins at 6:30.


Sept. 19--Sept. 21, 2014. Democratic Women of Craven County are delighted to host the 54th Annual Democratic Women of North Carolina State Convention to be held at the Craven County Convention Center in New Bern. Hundreds of Democratic women members, who are among the Democratic Party leaders in their communities, will be coming to New Bern from all over the state of North Carolina. The many convention activities will include a Friday afternoon BBQ/Reception hosted by New Bern’s own Governor Beverly Perdue and the STARS Banquet on Saturday evening. This convention is a primary fundraiser for Democratic Women and provides funding for assisting in electing Democratic candidates all across North Carolina and our get-out-the-vote campaign for the November election. For more information, visit the website for the Democratic Women of North Carolina.

NC News & Issues

The Progressive Pulse

Public Policy Polling (North Carolina)

Under the Dome (

North Carolina Democratic Party

NC Policy Watch Political News

Newsletter Rep. George W. Graham (District 12), (PDF)

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)

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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