Glenburnie Park Picnic: A Huge Success!

Our May picnic at Glenburnie Park was a huge success!

The weather forecast was calling for thunderstorms, but the rain held off until just after we were finished packing everything up!

Over 80 people joined together to socialize, eat some delicious food, and talk about how we can make our county, our state, and our country a better place.

Special thanks to CCDP Treasurer Libbie Griffin for taking the lead on organizing the picnic, and to Mark Ulrey, Bill Blakefield, Norm McCullough, and Roy Smith for going above and beyond the call of duty in helping out before and after the event.

Here are some pictures from the picnic:

Many people brought side dishes or desserts to share. They were delicious!
Eating and socializing next to the beautiful Neuse River.
Master chef Mark Ulrey at work.
CCDP Chair Dorothea White makes a few opening remarks to the group before dinner.

April 2017 Meeting Recap

Last night’s county Democratic Party meeting was an astounding success! We swore in our new elected county party leadership, talked about our vision for the 2018 election, and talked about some great opportunities to get involved right now. Turnout was so great that we ran out of chairs… a great problem to have!

2018 may seem like it’s a long way away, but it’s really right around the corner… and we need to make sure we’re ready.

Dorothea White, county party chair, identified several crucial needs for the party, both in the near term and the longer-term:

  • The county party’s first vice chair resigned from office on Monday, citing a busy schedule. We’re looking for someone to step up to take this important role.
  • Our county party secretary, Amber Harmon, and our county party treasurer, Libbie Griffin, need an assistant secretary and treasurer, respectively, to back them up when they’re not available.
  • Third vice chair James Gilmore is putting together a communications committee, to coordinate with the county executive board on a strategic communications plan and coordinate and manage the local party’s various communications channels.
  • We need people to step up and run for office! There are a number of local elected positions that need candidates, and the time to get started is now. If you’re considering running, or know someone who would make a great candidate, please let us know!

If you would like to step up and get involved in any of these areas, please contact us.

To view or download the complete minutes from the April 2017 meeting of the Craven County Democratic Party, click the link below.
Minutes from April 2017 CCDP Meeting (PDF)

CCDP Statement on House Bill 780 (Same-Sex Marriage Ban)

The Craven County Democrats strongly condemn House Bill 780, an unconstitutional attempt to roll back the progress we’ve made to ensure that everyone has the right to marry the person they love, regardless of their sexual orientation.

If this bill passes, it will likely have the same economic impact as the disastrous HB2, triggering more boycotts of North Carolina by corporations, conventions, and sports leagues like the NCAA and NBA.

While we’re very disappointed that Michael Speciale, one of the state legislators who represents Craven County, is sponsoring this bill, we’re hardly surprised. Throughout his tenure in the state legislature, Speciale has carried water for narrow special interests against the basic rights and freedoms of ordinary North Carolinians, including LGBT people.

We’re standing with Speciale’s constituents in looking forward to the November 2018 election, when we can boot him out of office and replace him with someone who will stand up for the rights of everyone regardless of their sexual orientation.

Congratulations to our new executive board!

On April 1, at our annual convention, delegates representing the organized precincts of the Craven County Democratic Party elected new party leadership.

Chair: Dorothea White
1st Vice Chair: Jay DeLoach
2nd Vice Chair: Helen Robinson
3rd Vice Chair: James Gilmore
Secretary: Amber Harmon
Treasurer: Libbie Griffin

On our executive board, they’ll be joined by the chairs of our two organized caucuses, whose terms carry over from the previous board’s tenure: Ann Herndon (African-American Caucus) and Pat Chylko (Democratic Women of Craven County).

“We’re thrilled and humbled by the chance to bring Democrats together in Craven County as we move forward,” new chair Dorothea White remarked. “We believe the Democratic Party’s positive vision of opportunity and prosperity for all is the best solution to the problems facing the United States, North Carolina, and Craven County, and we’re looking forward to working with all like-minded Americans to realize this vision in the 2017 and 2018 elections.”

White added: “We’re also incredibly grateful to the outgoing chair, Bob Costanzo, and the other members of the outgoing executive board, who did such a great job organizing Democrats in 2016 and getting the party back on firm footing.”

At Saturday’s convention, we also elected 59 delegates to the 3rd Congressional District’s Democratic convention in May, and six members who will join the chair and 1st vice chair to represent Craven County on the state Democratic Party’s executive council.

Congratulations to all of our new leaders. Together, we can make it possible for everyone in Craven County, North Carolina, and the United States to realize the American dream of opportunity and prosperity for all.

Over 600 Gather in New Bern for Women’s March

On January 21, over 600 women (and men) from New Bern and the surrounding region joined with over 3 million people worldwide, in the New Bern sister march for the Women’s Marches in Washington, DC. The event was organized by the Democratic Women of Craven County, energizing the people of Craven County to stand up to Donald Trump and his degradation of women and opposition to the rights of women and LGBT people.

Turnout was incredible: organizers were only expecting about 50 people to join us, and we were all astounded at the amount of energy in Craven County for standing up for every American’s rights.

Check out the New Bern Sun Journal‘s article about the march.

Hillary Clinton in Greenville!

On Thursday, November 3, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton visited Greenville for an early voting rally. She was accompanied and introduced by local U.S. representative G.K. Butterfield, Washington DC representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Mae Brown Wiggins, a retired nurse who fought back against Donald Trump in the 1970s after Trump’s company denied her an apartment due to the color of her skin.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield and Mae Brown Wiggins, who fought Donald Trump's racist housing discrimination in the 1970s.
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield and Mae Brown Wiggins, who fought Donald Trump’s racist housing discrimination in the 1970s.

Sec. Clinton spoke passionately about the danger of a Trump presidency, highlighting Trump’s offensive attitudes toward women, people of color, and the disabled and his uncontrolled temperament. But as she pointed out, we don’t just have someone to vote against in Trump… we have someone to vote for in her. We need Hillary Clinton in the White House bringing the American people together to fight climate change, reform criminal justice, make college more affordable, build America’s green-energy infrastructure, and preserve the gains we’ve made during President Obama’s tenure.

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Craven County’s Democrats were well-represented at the event. Several of our members participated in media interviews with The Daily Show, the Associated Press, and numerous other domestic and foreign press organizations.

This is the most important election in decades, and perhaps in the history of the country. If you haven’t voted yet, you still can! You can register and vote early with one stop on Friday or Saturday, or vote on Election Day.

How to Volunteer

From now until Election Day, we’re constantly running phonebanks and canvassing out of our county party headquarters at 1232 S Glenburnie Rd in New Bern. Stop by and help out!

We especially need all hands on deck this week, as it’s the last week of early voting in Craven County, and through the weekend into next week, getting out the vote.