Submitted by Martha Brock on Sat, 02/02/2013 - 3:37pm
Three articles from WRAL.com:
NC Dems tap Pittsboro mayor for state party chair
By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press
DURHAM, N.C. — Still reeling from 2012 defeats at the ballot box, North Carolina Democratic activists narrowly elected a small-town mayor as their next leader Saturday after an 11th-hour draft of former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge fell short by a few votes.
Meeting in Durham, the state Democratic Party's executive committee elected Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller by a vote of 309-298 over Etheridge, who wasn't in attendance when his name was placed in nomination. Voller, a favorite of local party activists, vowed during his two-year term to fight to reverse Republican electoral gains and policies.
We are here to win the battle of ideas in our communities, and we're here to win elections," the 44-year-old Voller told committee members...
The State Executive Committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party will meet on Saturday May 12, 2012 at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons Joseph S. Koury Convention Center located at 3121 High Point Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27407.
The state Senate leadership vote went off without a hitch today.
With no Democratic challenger, Rockingham Republican Phil Berger was elected president pro tem by acclamation. The House, on the other had, offered a bit more drama: the majority (68 Republicans) nominated Mecklenburg Rep. Thom Tillis, while the minority (52 Democrats) nominated former Speaker Joe Hackney (D-Orange).
You might have expected the vote to break along party lines, but it didn’t. Tillis won by a vote of 74 to 46. All the GOP members voted for Tillis, joined by six Democrats who crossed the aisle to vote for Tillis over Hackney.
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