Raleigh – Today, at the semi-annual State Executive Committee (SEC) Meeting of the North Carolina Democratic Party in Charlotte, approximately 500 North Carolina Democrats re-elected Chairman Wayne Goodwin to serve a second term as state party chairman and elected one of the most diverse leadership teams in party history.
“I am honored to again receive the support and trust of North Carolina Democrats and am ready to get to work leading the party to even greater heights,” NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin said. “The North Carolina Democratic Party is the strongest it’s ever been, and we are excited to hold the Governor’s mansion, take back a U.S. Senate seat, and support Democrats up and down the ticket in 2020.”
Chairman Goodwin was reelected for a second term, a signal of continued and steady party unity under his leadership. Over his first term, Chairman Goodwin oversaw a historic partnership with Governor Cooper that recruited quality, diverse candidates in all 170 legislative districts for the first time ever; achieved record fundraising success; and launched a groundbreaking statewide organizing program. As a result, North Carolina Democrats swept statewide judicial contests, including electing a new Supreme Court justice, and broke both legislative supermajorities.
In addition, Chairman Goodwin spearheaded a rural listening tour to reach out and hear from rural North Carolina communities, and oversaw investments in local and municipal races that flipped 22 Republican-held seats and helped elect new African-American Democratic mayors, including the first female African-American mayor of Charlotte.
North Carolina Democrats also elected one the most diverse leadership teams ever; together they represent all of North Carolina, including the African-American, LGBTQ+, and Muslim-American communities.
Former Representative Bobbie Richardson was elected first vice-chair. Rep. Richardson represented Franklin and Nash counties in the North Carolina General Assembly, serving from 2013-2018. Rep. Richardson is a retired educator and administrator, with 35 years of experience as an educator in North Carolina public schools.
Matt Hughes was reelected for a second term as second vice-chair. Matt is a Town of Hillsborough Commissioner and has been active in Democratic party politics and grassroots organizing for over ten years, having previously served as the chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, a district vice chair, precinct chair, and auxiliary officer.
Nida Allam was reelected for a second term as third vice-chair. Nida, an American Muslim and Durham resident, has worked in North Carolina and South Carolina as a grassroots organizer and political director. She serves as Chair of the Mayor of Durham’s Women’s Advisory Council; as the third vice-chair, she was the first Muslim woman elected to represent the residents of North Carolina.
Melvin Williams was reelected as Secretary. A Duplin county resident, Melvin has served as Secretary for eight years. He is responsible for meeting minutes and writes the “Good News About Democrats” newsletter.