BCDP Officer ElectionsBy
It all began with a great roar. Charles Carter suddenly announced that he wouldn’t run for a second term. Cecil Bothwell announced his candidacy then reversed course, withdrew his name, and declared he would depart the Democratic Party altogether in a run for Congress. Lindsey Simerly announced her candidacy and quickly ran up against the difficult fact that, in the event of a Democratic primary challenge to Rep. Shuler, she could not serve as both Party Chair and Shuler’s Director of Field and Outreach. Grant Millin kind of ambled in and typed long comments here at Scrutiny Hooligans.
Several days after Cecil removed himself from the race, former Party Chair Kathy Sinclair alerted folks that she would run. She argued that her prior experience could overcome any obstacles and that the party was ready. This formula evidently ran out of gas over the weekend, when Kathy announced that she was withdrawing her name from consideration due to the negativity of her opposition.
So there we were, just a few days before the convention, and only one candidate remained.
The big news is that another candidate is about to announce and likely become the consensus choice. He hasn’t yet declared his candidacy, so I won’t jump the gun by posting his name here. He’s got campaign experience, party experience, and a great attitude. He looks to be the next iteration of bridge builder necessary to hold together the developing bonds between the progressive, moderate, and conservative segments of our big tent Buncombe County Democratic Party.
All of the action surrounding the Chair race has obscured the fact that there are several other positions also up for grabs bright and early this Saturday morning. Candidates for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Vice Chair as well as candidates for Secretary and Treasurer will also be decided by Democratic delegates at the Buncombe County Courthouse.
All of the candidates, former candidates, and future candidates are welcome to use this thread as a place to communicate in a transparent, interactive forum.
Thanks to everyone who’s willing to serve in these difficult positions that require big time commitments. They don’t usually get the gratitude they deserve. They are the organizers that turn our collective wishes into on-the-ground Democratic Party realities.