April 22, 2013




SEC Member Ron Sanyal and the Wake County Democrats staged a fun and enjoyable International Night Gala on April 13th at the Royal Banquet Hall in Raleigh. State Chair Randy Voller and a large number of Democrats enjoyed the dancing, singing, international foods, henna painting, and hospitality.

"Unity In Diversity Awards" were presented to 104 year-old Pota Vallas and 93 year-old P. R. Latta.  P. R. Latta and SEC Member Pete Leary are in the first picture above. 

In the second picture Ron Sanyal, State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley are presenting the Award to Pota's great-granddaughter Xena Eriksen.

Happily posing in the first picture are Andrew Porter of Fayetteville, State Chair Randy Voller, Ron Sanyal, and Jenna Wadsworth.  Many of our state's brightest young Democratic stars are in the second picture.

Elijah Akenabor leads line dancing above.  In the second picture Kaya, Neil, Dev, and Ron Sanyal pose with State Party Secretary Melvin Williams.  The Sanyal family initiated the International Night Gala four years ago and have inspired its rapid growth into a major Democratic Party event.

    Emcee Deborah Meehan and talented drummer Orko are in the first picture.  The second picture shows part of the crowd taking pictures of the dancers.

    The Democratic Party is happily composed of Americans whose origins are from all around the world!




History was made on April 13th when State Party Chair Randy Voller travelled all the way to Manteo to address the Dare County Convention.

This was the first time a State Party Chair has ever spoken at a Dare County Convention.

His trip was made even longer because a bridge was out - ( a total of five extra hours of driving counting going and coming back.)

Dare County Democrats gave him and his wife a hearty welcome and were cheered by his uplifting message and joyful personality.

    In the picture above Chairman Voller is joined by new County Chair Judy Krahenbuhl, retiring County Chair Sherry Rollason, and Warren Judget who is Chair of the Dare County Board of Commissioner.

The Convention elected the new County Officers in this picture.  From left to right they are:

Secretary - Hollis Beloat

Second Vice Chair - Natalie McIntosh

County Chair - Judy Krahenbuhl

First Vice Chair - Scott Leggett

Treasurer - Bob Muller



After leaving Dare County, Chair Randy Voller and his wife drove to Hertford, county seat of Perquimmans County, where he met and conferred with County Chair Janice Cole.  Janice is the former U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

     Then Chairman and Mrs. Voller drove all the way back to Raleigh for the International Night Gala described in the first article.  What a weekend for the Vollers!



State Auditor Beth Wood gave an enthusiastic and uplifting speech to the Duplin County Convention in Kenansville on April 15th.  She graciously talked about the major savings of tax dollars that she her recommendations have brought to state government.  She also gave wise ideas about how we can spread the Democratic message in North Carolina more effectively.

In the first picture above Beth is being greeted by Duplin Register ofbDeeds Davis Brinson, his wife Christy, and daughter Taylor. In the second picture newly-elected County Party Vice Chair Francisco Diaz and his family welcome Beth.

When County Chair Dr. Mott Blair gave a cheerful invitation for people to come to the microphone and present donations for Duplin's Sustaining Fund goal of $848, ten good Democrats brought up $100 each - to put Duplin over its goal.

The $100 Donors shown above (L-R) are Leonard Fillyaw, Angela Mainor, Jessie Ladson, Dr. Mott Blair, Francisco Diaz, Rebecca Judge, Woody Brinson, Penny Kornegay, and Cora Jones. County Board of Education Member Hubert Bowden, County Commissioner Tim Smith, and County Commissioner Kenn Thompson also donated $100.

The Convention unanimously elected the following Officers for the next two years:

        Chair - Dr. Mott Blair, Wallace

        First Vice Chair - Rebecca Judge, Beulaville

        Second Vice Chair - Geraldine Tucker, Smith-Cabin

        Third Vice Chair - Francisco Diaz, Wallace

        Secretary - Penny Kornegay, Glisson

        Treasurer - Cora Jones, Kenansville

Joining Dr. Blair on the SEC will be Armin Jancis of Warsaw and Cora Jones of Kenansville.

Lainey Edmisten spoke to the Convention about the State Democratic Party's Pipeline Project which is going to recruit 50 Democrats under the age of 40 to run for municipal offices in 2013.

    The Convention climaxed a countywide fundraising raffle project.

Edward Allen of Charity Precinct was saluted for being the Top Fundraiser Of The Year - for the 12th consecutive year. Charity Precinct won the Award as the "Best Fundraising Precinct Of The Year" for the 12th consecutive year.

Joining Beth in the first picture above are County Party Secretary Penny Kornegay, Warsaw Precinct Chair Angela Mainor, and former County Commissioner Jessie Ladson.

In the second picture Beth is with County Treasurer Cora Jones and her sister, District Court Judge Carol Jones.




Gwen Wilkins addressed the Moore County Convention in Carthage on April 13th. She spoke on unity, patriotism, and gave her famous "Why I Am Proud To Be A Democrat" message.

The Convention elected the Officers shown in the second picture. From left to right they are: Second Vice Chair Shelly Rappaport, Secretary Harriet Ecker, retiring Chair Jim Heim, County Chair Wilma Laney, First Vice chair Maurice Holland, Jr., Treasurer Juanita Harbour, and Third Vice Chair Mindy Fineman.  

Moore County Democrats expressed their appreciation to outgoing County Chair Jim Heim who is passing the Chair's gavel to Wilma Laney in the picture above.    




At their April 13th Convention Macon County Democrats elected Corey Duvall to be the second youngest County Chair in the state.  Cleveland County's Nick Carpenter is the youngest.

Corey has served as President of the WCU College Dems.  He was Director of Membership of the College Democrats of North Carolina.  During his term as Director of Membership nine new College Democrats chapters were formed bringing the total to 29.  He was an Alternate Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Continuing their emphasis on youth, the Convention Delegates elected Macon County Young Democratic President Logan Wallace to serve with Corey on the State Executive Committee.    

The full lineup of new Macon County Officers is:

County Chair - Corey Duvall

First Vice Chair - Joan Maki

Second Vice Chair - Danny Tinsley 

Third Vice Chair - Faviola Olvera

Secretary - Cindy Solesbee  



The Duke College Dems painted the East Campus Bridge to raise awareness of voter suppression laws!  Their colorful paint job draws lots of attention from the hundreds of motorists who drive under the bridge every day.

Diego Quezada was elected President of the Duke College Dem at a recent meeting. He is shown at the FDR Memorial in Washington in the second picture.

He is a rising junior from Durham. He has interned in the office of Congressman David Price. In addition to blogging about political activities, Diego is a writer for the SB Nation blog "Hot Hot Hoops."

Here is the full roster of new Duke Dems Officers:

President - Diego Quezada

Vice President of Political Affairs - Arthur Whyte

Vice President of Communications - Jordan DeLoatch

Vice President of Membership - Jaakov Schulman

Treasurer - Logan Brundage

Chief of Staff - Adrienne Harreveld



Senior Dems President Dr. Raymond Stone invites all Senior Democrats across the state to the big State Convention beginning at 10Am, Saturday, May 4th at the High Point Hotel and Conference Center, 135 South Main Street, High Point.

The Registration Fee of $40 may be sent in advance to Terry Mitchell, P. O. Box 10368, Greensboro, NC, 27404-0368 or $45 may be paid at the door.  This is going to be a fun event as Seniors gather to discuss senior issues and plan future Democratic victories.



The very talented Logan Keziah from Elizabeth City has been elected President of the East Carolina University College Dems for the next year.

She served as Vice President during the past year.  She is also an Officer in the College Democrats of North Carolina.

Logan says the club will have even more advocacy events, service projects, and more collaboration with other organizations in the coming year.

This picture shows all the new ECU Dems Officers.  On the front row are Membership Director Tyrajia Sawyer-Smith and Historian Maddie Lee.  On the back row are Public Relations Director Puja Patel, Vice President Kathleen Daniels, President Logan Keziah, Events Coordinator Ebony West, and Treasurer Angel Trujillo.



After their highly successful 2012 campaign, Robeson County Democrats unanimously re-elected all their Officers at their April 20th County Convention at the Courthouse in Lumberton.  The re-elected Officers pictured above are:

County Chair - Red Springs Mayor John McNeill

First Vice Chair - Brooke Clarke

Second Vice Chair - John Cantey

Secretary - Ed Henderson

Treasurer - Virgil Hutchinson

SEC Member - Jessica Scott

SEC Member- Chris Howard

Third Vice Chair Les Nobles and SEC Member Larry Townsend are not in the picture.

Eight Congressional District Chair June Mabry made an effective talk to the Convention. She even conducted a "Blind Poll."  (You can ask June about that sometime.)

State Party Secretary Melvin Williams was the Keynote Speaker telling some humorous stories and promoting the Democratic cause.

This picture shows enthusiastic Democrat Saiid Powers with Melvin Williams at the Convention.  Saiid was the star of the YOUTH FEATURE in this newsletter last November.  In past years, Saiid has been very lucky in winning prize drawings at Seventh Congressional District Convention. He is an excellent student and can play a major role in the Democratic Party in future years.



This group of happy Carteret County Democrats gathered on the steps after their April 13th County Convention.  They are rallying to support the ERA Resolution which they passed during their meeting.

Marena Groll of Onslow County addressed the Convention about the ERA Resolution and she provided this picture.



       Larry Marciniak was elected to serve as the new Chair of the Franklin County Democratic Party at the April 13th County Convention in Louisburg.  He succeeds the talented Armenta Eaton who will still be active as the new First Vice Chair.

The complete lineup of new Officers as show from left to right in the picture above are:

County Chair - Larry Marciniak

First Vice Chair - Armenta Eaton

Secretary -  Delores Patterson

Treasurer - Shelley Dickerson

Second Vice Chair - Marque Debnam

Third Vice Chair - Mary Murphy (Not Shown)



District Court Judge Elizabeth Trosch was the Speaker at the April 11th meeting of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Women at the Asia Library in Charlotte.  In support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, she spoke about the services that are available for children in Mecklenburg County.

In the first picture above are: Charvetta Ford, State DW Vice President Concetta Caliendo, Ginger Walker, Judge Trosch, County Democratic Party Chair Robin Bradford, and her daughter Brook Bradford.

DW Board Member-At-Large is with Judge Trosch in the second picture. 

County DW President Mary Milan and County Commissioner Chair Pat Cotham join Judge Trosch in the third picture. Thanks to Lisa Ellsworth for the information in this article.



Nash County Democrats turned out in big numbers for their annual Spring Rally on April 18th at the Momeyer Ruritan Club.   The Keynote Speaker, State Representative Bobbie Richardson is being greeted by Gwen Wilkins in the second picture.

District Attorney Robert Evans and his wife, Marilyn Evans, are enjoying the Rally in the first picture.

The second picture shows Register of Deeds Anne Melvin, County Commissioner Mary Wells, and Clerk of Superior Court Rachel Joyner.

Unique:  Anne Melvin and Rachel Joyner and daughter and mother.

County Party Treasurer Lois Ridgeway and County Chair Marvin Arrington are enjoying the barbeque in the picture on the left.

Stanley Griffin, an announced candidate for Sheriff in 2014, is campaigning in the picture on the right.




Everyone is encouraged to attend the two most exciting Democratic events of the Spring:  The J-J Breakfast and the J-J Dinner. 

You may get your tickets for the J-J Breakfast by contacting Jannet Barnes at

You can order your J-J Dinner tickets at

Get your family's picture in the "One Democratic Family" slideshow by sending your picture to or by emailing it to  This slideshow will be displayed during the J-J Dinner!



Ian O'Keefe of the Appalachian State College Dems was the Keynote Speaker at the Watauga County Convention on April 13th.

He is a sophomore and is majoring in Political Science.

Ian told the crowd: "We're going to make history today in this room.  We're going to create a new South. We're going to stand up for North Carolina and its people, and you know what?  We will win!"

He will be working for the County Party this summer developing a field plan for upcoming elections.  Convention Delegates re-elected the following outstanding slate of Officers:

County Chair - Diane Tilson

First Vice Chair - Charlie Wallin

Second Vice Chair - Marjory Holder

Third Vice Chair - Jesse Presnell

Secretary - Jerry Williamson

Treasurer - Susan Phipps 

Community Outreach Director - Faisuly Scheurer

GOTV Chair - Emily Bish

SEC Member - County Commissioner Billy Kennedy

SEC Member - Mayor Loretta Clawson

Lainey Edmisten spoke to the Convention about the State Party's youth initiative which she is heading.




Seventh Congressional District Chair Jim Morgan of Wilmington has earned his Masters in Political Management from the George Washington University graduate School of Political Management in Washington, DC.

Located four blocks from the White House, the Graduate School in Political Manangement is considered the nation's premier master's program in applied politics.  Jim's Capstone Project for his degree was on N. C. Public Campaign Finance.

He received the degree last month.  Formal commencement takes place on May 19th on the National Mall in Washington. 

Jim earned his law degree from Campbell University and he is an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina.

The picture above shows Jim immersed in one of his favorite projects: Spending his lunch hour once a week reading with students at Snipes Elementary School in Wilmington.  This picture is currently displayed on the NC Bar Association's web site:


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Melvin Williams


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