First Lady Michelle Obama, Sasha, Malia, and Beau came out of the White House on November 23rd to welcome the 2012 Official White House Christmas Tree as it arrived from Ashe County, North Carolina. The growers of the tree, Rusty and Beau Estes of Peak Farm, personally accompanied the tree up to the front of the Executive Mansion.
It arrived in a green wagon pulled by two Clydesdale horses as the Marine Band played "Oh Christmas Tree."
The First Lady is shown leaning over so she can smell the aroma of the Fraser Fir. Then she happily exclaimed: "We can have Christmas now!"
The third picture shows the Ashe County tree after the White House staff completed its decoration in the Blue Room of the White House.
DEMOCRATS SWEEP MECKLENBURG COMMISSIONER RACES
Mecklenburg County Democrats worked together to get a tremendous turnout for their three candidates for County Commissioner-At-Large. The three candidates they elected were:
Pat Cotham - 242,637 Votes
Kim Ratliff - 240,345 Votes
Trevor Fuller - 233,798 Votes
They will join County Commissioners shown on the second row: Vilma Leake, George Dunlap, and Dumont Clarke who were elected from specific districts to give Democrats a 6-3 margin over the Republicans on the County Commissioner Board. Pat Cotham is a member of the Democratic National Committee.
Congratulations also go to Mecklenburg Democrats for giving President Obama a margin of 100,594 over Mitt Romney in the race for the White House. That's a 100,594 vote margin in just one county!
Mecklenburg's dedicated County Party Officers during this 2012 campaign were: County Chair Aisha Dew, First Vice Chair Gautam Desai, Second Vice Chair Cynthia Wallace, Third Vice Chair Ralph Belk, Secretary Marc Friedland, and Treasurer Issac Applewhite.
DR. VIKKI ANDREWS ELECTED
NEW CUMBERLAND COUNTY PARTY CHAIR
Dr. Vikki Andrews, a retired Army Captain, was elected Chair of the Cumberland County Democratic Party by the County Executive Committee on October 8th. She succeeds outgoing Chair Tom Macon who resigned to devote time to handling the estate of his late mother in Texas.
Dr. Andrews was in the Army for 15 years. She grew up in California and moved to Fayetteville in 1990.
The Executive Committee elected attorney Grant Mitchell (on left) to be the new First Vice Chair. Tony McKinnon, Sr. (right), president of the Fayetteville chapter of the American Postal Workers Union, was elected Second Vice Chair.
SENATOR ALBERTSON INDUCTED
INTO DUPLIN HALL OF FAME
Longtime State Senator Charlie Albertson was inducted into the Duplin County Hall Of Fame before a cheering crowd at the famous County Squire Restaurant near Warsaw on November 8th. Senator Albertson is Duplin's most famous citizen.
He served with distinction in the legislature for 22 years before retiring in 2010. He is a well known country and gospel music vocalist. He and his band have performed all over the United States and in 26 foreign countries.
Grace Albertson, the Senator's wife of 58 years, is with him in the first picture above. On the left in the second picture are the Albertsons' daughter, Pam Darnell, and her husband Mike. On the right are their son Randy and his wife Karen.
The third picture features the Duplin Hall Of Fame Medal which is presented to only one living person and one deceased person each year. The Senator's name will be inscribed for posterity on a plaque in the Duplin County Court House.
NATIONWIDE HONOR FOR GOVERNOR PERDUE
On November 19th Governor Beverly Perdue was honored by the National Guard Association Of The United States. The picture above shows her receiving the Charles Dick Medal Of Merit for her outstanding support of the National Guard. Congratulations, Governor!
GOVERNOR JIM HUNT & RUSSELL MCINTYRE
Governor Jim Hunt has always believed in drawing young people into Democratic Party activities.
He served as President of the Young Democrats of North Carolina in 1968 and knows that early participation encourgages young people to be active in the Democratic Party all of their lives.
Governor Hunt is shown above with Russell McIntyre, Vice President of the Young Democrats at UNC-Chapel Hill at the big Rally for First Lady Michelle Obama in Chapel Hill on October 16th.
Russell is a Senior majoring in Political Science and Global Studies. He is from Columbus, North Carolina in Polk County.
This fall he joined President Austin Gilmore and many other UNC Young Democrats in campaigning for legislative candidates in Chatham, Wake, Alamance, and Orange counties. Their work included door to door campaigning, literature drops, and phone banking. In every county they also proudly promoted the campaigns of Walter Dalton and President Obama.
Russell McIntyre has achieved quite a lot for a Young Democrat: As you can see, they have already named a building in Washington for him!
SIX NORTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATIC WOMEN
ATTEND SOUTHERN REGION DW FORUM
North Carolina was well-represented at the Southern Regional Meeting of the National Federation of Democratic Women at Ocean Reef Resort at Myrtle Beach on November 16th and 17th.
The ladies who helped celebrate President Obama's victory at this meeting were NC Democratic Women's President Joan Dressler (Guilford County), Brenda Pollard (Durham), Sarah Anderson (Johnston), Barbara Faison (Sampson),Sharon Castleberry (Johnston), and Barbara Blackburn (Moore).
CULLIE TARLETON HONORED
Over 100 people from Ashe and Watauga counties gathered at a banquet at Applachian Ski Resort near Boone on November 18th to honor one of western North Carolina's favorite Democrats, Cullie Tarleton.
Former State Representative Pinky Carpenter-Hayden presented Governor Perdue's "Order Of The Long Leaf Pine Award" to Cullie for his service in the legislature and his outstanding contributions to many areas of civic activity.
Many of the Ashe County Democrats who attended are shown with Cullie in the group picture.
From the left on the front row are: Ashe County Party Chair Melba Jones, Lynda McDaniel, Brenda McMillan, Ellie Perzel, Ed Perzel, and Cullie Tarleton.
On the back row are: Vicki Randolph, Phil Johnson, Carolyn Johnson, Dan McMillan, Henry Doss, and Chris Arvidson. Special thanks go to Vicki Randolph for her help in providing the pictures for this article.
ROBERT ALFREDSON EARNS EAGLE SCOUT RANK
Congratulations go to Robert Alfredson of Wake County for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout on November 1st. Robert's Scoutmaster, Archie Futrell of Troop 207, is with him in the picture above.
Robert is the brother of State Executive Committee Member Peter Alfredson. He is a Senior at Enloe High School in Raleigh.
Robert is one of nearly 3,000 Eagle Scouts who have joined "Scouts For Equality" in protest of the discriminatory policies of the Boy Scouts of America.
CARTERET DEMS PLAN CHRISTMAS PARTY
Carteret County Democrats are excited about their big December 2nd Christmas Party which will be held at the Train Depot in Morehead City from 3PM to 6PM. County Chair Ken Humphrey and superactive Democrat Buck Wilde invite everyone to come. RSVP to Buck at CaptHughWilde@embarqmail.com.
UNION COUNTY TEEN DEMS PRESIDENT
WINS BEAUTY PAGEANT
Union County Teen Dems President Alisha Hartley, won the "Miss Junior" beauty title at Central Arts and Technology High School in Monroe on November 17th. There were contests for each of the four high school grade levels.
Alisha competed against seven other contestants. There were four areas of competition within each category. In the "Hollywood Star" section of the contest, Alisha performed as Diana Ross. In the talent competition she recited a monologue titled "I'm A Fool To Love You" by Cornelius Eady. She also achieved high scores in the Evening Wear and Interview parts of the contest.
The escort standing on stage with Alisha is her brother, Cedric Hartley, Jr. who is five years old.
Alisha is the daughter of Allissa Sturdivant and Cedric Hartley. She is the grandaughter of Anson County Democratic Party Chair and County Commissioner Vancine Sturdivant.
JUDGE TY HANDS
RECEIVES STATEWIDE LEGAL HONOR
Judge Ty Hands of Mecklenburg County has received a "Women Of Justice Award" from North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall presented the award to Judge Hands at a ceremony in Raleigh on November 15th.
This award was given to women across the state who have "demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accmplishment in improving the quality of justice."
On November 8th Judge Hands was re-elected to a four year term on the District Court bench. Her husband, David W. Hands, is also an attorney. They have two sons.
(If any reader knows another Democrat who also received this award, they are invited to send information about that person to this newsletter.)
JUDGE RICKYE MCKOY-MITCHELL HONORED
Judge Rickye McKoy-Mitchell of Charlotte also received a "Women In Justice Award." She has been a District Court Judge since 1998. Prior to her judicial position, she worked for the District Attorney's Office, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Social Security Administration.
She earned her B. A. and J. D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her educational years at Chapel Hill she became one of the youngest individuals to ever receive the Governor's "Long Leaf Pine Award."
GRANVILLE DEMOCRATS ARE HELPING HURRICANE VICTIMS
Jason Jenkins reports that the Granville County Democratic Party is collecting non-perishable food items, water, and gently worn clothing for the "Neighbors United" campaign. These donations are being left at the Creedmoor Foodstore in Creedmoor and will distributed by the Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Jason is First Vice Chair of the Granville County Democratic Party. Ellarine Alston is the County Party Chair.
What do Anson County Democrats do after successfully carrying the Democratic ticket to victory in their county? County Chair Vancine Sturdivant says they "go into the community and help anyone in need." They spent last Friday and Saturday cutting wood and delivering it to the elderly.
In the first picture several Democratic men are operating their chain saws. In the second pictures Mrs. Vancine is wrestling with the chain saw.
The third picture shows 96 year old Mrs. Emma Springer of Lilesville surrounded by the Democrats who have just delivered a load of wood to her. From left to right they are: Robert Colf, Brandon Thomas, Mrs. Springer, Vancine Sturdivant, and William Sturdivant.
HENDERSON COUNTY HOLIDAY PARTY
The dynamic Democrats of Henderson County are looking forward to their Annual Holiday Party at St. John's In The Wilderness Church, 1905 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville at 6PM on December 1st.
They will have lots of food, caroling, and a visit from Santa Claus.
MEET MYLES AND LANA RANKIN
Myles and Lana Rankin of Charlotte are enthusiastic members of our North Carolina Democratic family.
Lana is 4 years old and she attends Northside Christian Academy. She loves playing with her dolls, loves books, and loves her Daddy, active Mecklenburg Democratic leader Darrin Rankin. She even goes to the polls to vote with her Daddy.
Nine year old Myles is in the fourth grade at Mallard Creek Elementary School where he enjoys math, reading and playing football. Myles just finished the football season in which his Mallard Creek Chargers won their league championship game by a score of 36-20. He played cornerback and guard.
Myles volunteered in his father's campaigns for City Council and School Board. He admires President Obama tremendously.