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DNC Member Candidates

These are your candidates for the Democratic National Committee to represent North Carolina (Not the National Convention). Our Democratic National Committee Members are elected by the governing body of the North Carolina Democratic Party, the State Executive Committee, to represent North Carolina Democrats on the national party committee. 5 DNC Members will be elected at the upcoming SEC Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, February 29th.

DD Adams

I’ve served in numerous Democratic Party roles and have been honored to do so. It’s my passion that drives me as a Winston-Salem City Council Member. Serving as your DNC Committeewoman has allowed our state a presence of voice to affect change within the party with accountability. I’ve championed the concept that we must contest in every race in order to advance our belief of a fair and equal government.

Joshua “Fox” Brown

I’m a lifelong Democrat, currently serving as State Judicial Board Chairman for the NCDP Progressive Caucus, 6th Congressional District Labor Caucus Interim President, Guilford County LGBTQ+ Caucus Treasurer, SEC Member, and Precinct Vice-Chair. I have previously served as a Council of Review Member representing our 13th Congressional District, County Vice-Chair, and Precinct Chair, and National Delegate (Alternate) to the 2016 DNC. My education includes Computer Engineering, Political Science, Business Management, Environmental Studies, and Religious Studies. My work experience includes Locksmithing, Construction, Bookkeeping, and Hospitality.

Aisha Dew

Aisha Dew, a graduate of Salem College who also attended Wake Forest University and Yale University School of Drama as apart undergraduate studies.  She is former Chair of the Mecklenburg County and First Vice Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Aisha has participated in numerous political trainings including Democracy for America Campaign Academy, Truman National Security Project – Political Partner Training and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute – Boot Camp. She received the award for Top Five Young Democrats of North Carolina, with special regards and the Jim B. Hunt award from the Young Democrats of North Carolina.

John Easterling III

A native of Laurinburg, NC; John has been an instrumental voice for young Democrats since 2013. John was recently reappointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve as a member of the North Carolina Youth Advisory Council where he helped to steer its mission of civically engaging young people. John served two terms as President of the College Democrats of North Carolina after serving two terms as President of the North Carolina Association of Teen Democrats. He also served as Commissioner on the Scotland County Crime and Drug Committee and has also been an ordained Reverend in his church for over two years.

Monica Gibbs

Monica has held the roles of Vice Chair, Regional Director, Minority Affairs Chair, Regional Representative, and SEC member. She made history in Pamlico County when she was elected delegate to the DNC. She currently resides in Mecklenburg County where she remains active. She looks forward to the opportunity of representing our state party on the DNC platform.

Sheila Huggins

Shelia Huggins is a resident of Durham. She is a former secretary of the NC African-American Caucus, third vice-chair of the Wake County Democratic Party, vice-chair of the Durham County Democratic Party Platform and Resolutions Committee, precinct chair and vice-chair. She is a current member of several DNC committees and often provides video interviews with Democratic candidates and videos on election topics for voter education. 

Matt Hughes

Matt has served as the Second Vice Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party since 2017, having previously served as the Chair of the Orange County Democratic Party from 2011 to 2017. Matt has a deep commitment to grassroots politics is evident and has been observed by the Independent Weekly: “Party leaders have credited [Matt] Hughes with increasing voter turnout in past elections.” Matt Hughes has been involved in public service, Democratic politics, and progressive causes for over a decade and presently serves his hometown of Hillsborough as a Town Commissioner. He is running to use his expertise and track record of success to bring our party together, support the grassroots, and elect Democrats up and down the ballot to initiative progressive change. 

Wendy May

Wendy Ella May is the first non-binary candidate for the DNC from any state.
Ms. May is an active Democratic organizer from Johnston County North Carolina.
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Jenny Marshall

Jenny Marshall has held party office roles in her precinct, 1st Vice-Chair for Forsyth County, the 5th CD representative on Platforms and Resolutions, was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2016 and is a current member of the SEC. She has worked on countless campaigns before running for office herself in 2018 which gives her the working knowledge needed to support the overarching goal to elect good Democrats into office. With her work as public-school teacher and in the not-for-profit sector, she understands how to work cooperatively in order to improve outcomes and solve problems. She looks forward to using these experiences for the betterment of Democrats as your next DNC member.

Jan Nichols

The DNC needs someone with direct experience electing Democrats at a county level. I came into the party as an active volunteer more than 16 years ago and worked my way up from precinct chair to four terms as the Chair of the Chatham County Democratic party. I have brought my skills and knowledge from my work at NC Equity and the NC Justice Center to inform my leadership in Chatham and now want to bring this perspective to serving on the DNC. I have been a long-term friend and ally of former Chairman Randy Voller and over the last 10 years we have successfully implemented the Blue Ballot as a tool to elect Democrats up and down the ballot resulting in Chatham consistently leading the state in turnout and electing Democrats..

Brenda Pollard

As a candidate for the Democratic National Committee, I am respectfully “asking” for your vote. I was honored and humbled to receive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine presented by Governor Bev Perdue. In addition, I was honored to be selected the Democratic Woman of the Year 2018 presented by the Democratic Women of NC. I have received appointments to Boards and Commissions by Governor Jim Hunt, Governor Mike Easley, Governor Bev Perdue, and Governor Roy Cooper. 


Sean Thompson

I’m a former Democratic Charlotte City Council candidate. I’m actively involved in the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, and the African American Caucus of Mecklenburg County Democratic Party. I worked on the 2016 North Carolina Coordinated Campaign for the North Carolina Democratic Party.
More information available about me at


John Verdejo

As a current member and regional officer of the Democratic National Committee, John has dedicated himself by actively speaking to the concerns of North Carolina Democrats at the national level. By “pulling back the curtain” of what a DNC member does, he has helped to bridge what was said to be a disconnect between the national party and those on the ground by providing weekly updates and social media postings along with simply making himself available to questions or concerns. Husband and Father of two young boys, ages 5 and 3, John lives in Raleigh where he works for the City of Raleigh.

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