Craven County  Democratic Party.  Craven County, North Carolina

Thank You for Your Friendship and Support

I will not be running for re-election as your chair of the Craven County Democratic Party. I value and appreciate the opportunity that I have had to serve the Democratic Party, but I knew when I was elected in 2013 that I would not be seeking another term.

Fred and I have been looking forward to spending more time traveling and our family and friends in Western North Carolina are looking forward to our having the ability to be with them.

The Democratic Party and its core value that government should work to make life better for the people means a great deal to me. I like that we are a big tent Party that encompasses a variety of people and concepts, bringing us all together for one purpose to make life better. In all my years as a volunteer and staff person for Democrats, I have met some of the very best and most special people anywhere and a good number of you are right here in Craven County.

I am proud of the changes and progress that because of your help and support I have been able to bring to our county party on your behalf. I have been fortunate to have had great teams of officers help me lead our Party. Thank you and much appreciation to them, our precinct leadership, all of our volunteers, and supporters. But there is always more work to accomplish and I look forward to the ideas progress that a new chair will bring to our Party.

Best regards,

Rachel Parnell

Craven County Board of Education

Craven County Board of Education is beginning the process of redistricting for the future election of board members. The right-wing Carolina Coastal Taxpayer’s Association is lobbying for a change in the way board members are elected that would make the number of voters electing each board member smaller than the current election process.

Currently, each school district selects their candidate(s) of choice in a district primary. Then, in the general election, board members are elected by voters county wide. This system works very well. Voters in each district have a greater say in the primary in their choice of who is a good candidate to go on to the general election. Because candidates are then elected county wide, they understand that they represent and must work for the good of all families throughout the county.

The following is a link to a recent article in the Sun Journal. At the end of the article, there is an opportunity for voters to share their view points. This is an opportunity to make our voices heard.
Our Next Meeting
The next meeting will be Monday, March 23, 2015

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


Thursday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. Fort Totten Democratic Precinct Meeting.
Thursday, March 12, 5:30 p.m. Democratic Women of Craven County, Golden Corral.
Saturday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. County Democratic Party Convention. County Courthouse.

NC News & Issues

Craven County Progressives

Public Policy Polling (North Carolina)

The Progressive Pulse

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)

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