Our public forum for Democratic congressional candidates on February 4 was a huge hit. The large crowd filled every chair in the room and filled the deck as well. (We opened the windows and turned up the volume on the sound system so everyone could hear.) The food was good, the crowd was energized, all five candidates were on their game, and everyone left happy and better informed. The next big event is our countywide precinct organizational meeting on Saturday, February 15. Many thanks to the volunteers who set up, prepared the food, checked in the attendees and took everything down at the end. Special thanks go to our five excellent candidates.
Now that we're in the 11th Congressional District, and with incumbent Mark Meadows not seeking re-election, we have 5 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. It is very important that we get to know them in order to make a good choice in the March 3 primary.
Fortunately we have a chance to do just that. The Polk Dems are hosting a candidate forum on Tuesday, February 4 starting at 5:30 at the Harmon Field Cabin. All 5 candidates will be there.
Dinner is at 5:30 (bring $5 to help cover the cost), and the forum starts around 6:15. Andy Millard will moderate.
Please register so we'll know how much food to prepare!
The state party has mandated that every precinct in North Carolina hold organizational meetings on Saturday, February 15. One advantage of being such a small county is that we can hold all our precinct meeting in the same place and at the same time. We'll meet at the Steps to HOPE Community Room starting at 5:30 for dinner provided by the Women's Club. Then all 7 Polk County precincts will elect officers, and Susannah Hogan will lead a discussion on strategy for November's election. We need at least 6 Democrats from every precinct to attend.
by Andy Millard
The dust has settled - at least for now - and Polk County is officially in the 11th Congressional District for the 2020 election cycle. That may well change for 2022, however, because the state legislature will have to reassess and possibly redraw all congressional districts in 2021.
When we were in District 10, we got used to having just one Democratic candidate in most of the recent elections (Patsy Keever in 2012, Tate MacQueen in 2014, Yours Truly in 2016, David Wilson Brown in 2018). But now that we're in 11, we have FIVE candidates.
As for the two candidates who had been running in the old 10th District: David Brown is now running in the 5th District (where the incumbent is Republican Virginia Foxx). Gina Collias is running here in the 11th.
Our new District 11 is about 59% Republican to 41% Democrat. But with Mark Meadows recently announcing that he won't seek reelection, we should have a fighting chance to take back the seat.
We had a blast at the Christmas party on December 5. Special thanks to Susannah Hogan and the Women's Club for making all the arrangements and providing the food. At Susannah's suggestion, we held a "Dirty Santa" game, which provided lots of laughs and some interesting gifts!
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