The meeting was called to order April 8, 2017 at 10:04 am by Paul Dunham, Chair of the MCDP. Mindy Fineman, Seven Lakes Precinct Chair, gave the invocation. Loretta Aldridge, Secretary, lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Chairman Dunham shared a message from Wayne Goodwin, State Party Chair. In summary, he said to treat every day like election day.
Elayne DeMartin, Director of Democratic Women for Region 6, invited members to the Region 6 meeting on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
After asking for nominations from the floor, Wilma Laney presented the slate of officers and introduced them. The slate was as follows:
Paul Dunham, Chair
Maurice Holland Jr., 1st Vice Chair
Kerry Arnold, 2nd Vice Chair
Sandy Waterkotte, 3rd Vice Chair
Diane New, Treasurer
Ginger MacDonald, Secretary
A motion was made to elect the slate, a second was provided, and the motion was passed unanimously. The oath of office was administered to all by Wilma Laney.
The State Executive Committee (SEC) delegates were nominated. The nominations included Devonte Wilson, Catherine Murphy, Ebonee Streeter, Wilma Laney, and Jimmy Laney. A motion was made and seconded to close the nominations. The vote took place by precincts to determine 3 delegates and two alternates. Later in the meeting, the results of the vote were announced, a motion to accept them was made and seconded. Catherine Murphy, Ebonee Streeter and Devonte Wilson were approved unanimously, along with two alternates, James and Wilma Laney.
Brian Deaton, Past Treasurer, lead a precinct chair forum that included Mindy Fineman, Shelly Rappaport, Nancy Donley, Rachel Brower, and Pam Young. The forum covered strategies to use in organizing precincts successfully.
Maurice Holland Jr. presented resolutions for approval. The resolutions 1. called for a working group to encourage the return of disaffected Democrats, 2. denounced private school vouchers using state taxes, and 3. called for a bi-partisan effort to confront the issue of gerrymandering. Following discussion and some edits, all resolutions were turned into motions, a second was provided, and the motions passed unanimously.
Paul Dunham presented challenges for 2017.
A motion was made to adjourn, a second was made, and passed unanimously.
Resolutions submitted by the 2017 Moore County Democratic Convention To the Region 8 District Convention
A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A FOCUSED CAMPAIGN TO BRING CERTAIN VOTERS HOME INTO THE DEMOCRATIC FOLD
WHEREAS, The Democratic Party at all levels is committed to improving our viability with significant sectors of the electorate that should consider us their political home; and
WHEREAS, Among these sectors are young voters, and voters of any age who are categorized as Independent or Unaffiliated; and
WHEREAS, For the sake of our own continued relevance and for the social and political well-being of all citizens, the Democratic Party cannot afford to ignore these disaffected voters; and
WHEREAS, Appropriate structures and resources are required to move beyond hopeful discussions and good intentions to effective plans and constructive actions; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That there be established a Working Group charged with analyzing these and related challenges, and with drafting concrete solutions to address them; and
RESOLVED, That among possible approaches to consider are (a) definition and articulation of issues critical to these voters, (b) identification or development of mentors who can effectively communicate with these voters, (c) identification and engagement of suitable role models currently in office, and (d) networking with other groups, organizations, and agencies dedicated to values and goals congruent with those of the Democratic Party; and
RESOLVED, That the Working Group explore and identify sources and mechanisms for funding this campaign, both within the Party and beyond; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Working Group present to this body an initial report of their findings and recommendations, at a suitable date to be established mutually by the Working Group and the Executive Committee.
Submitted to the Eighth Congressional District Executive Committee by William (Bob) Howell,
Moore County, April 8, 2017
A RESOLUTION TO PREVENT OR DISSOLVE ANY ATTEMPT TO USE PRIVATE SCHOOL CHOICE TO CHANGE THE STRUCTURE OF OUR PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM
WHEREAS, School Vouchers give parents the freedom to choose a private school for their children’s education. Under such a program, funds typically spent by a school district would be allocated to a family in the form of a voucher to pay partial or full tuition for their child’s private school, including both religious and non-religious options.
WHEREAS, The number of North Carolina children using tax dollars to attend private, religious and non-religious schools has doubled since the NC Supreme Court declared the school voucher program constitutional.
WHEREAS, What we have here is a major transfer of hard-earned taxpayer dollars earmarked for our Public School System going to private schools, many of which are religiously-oriented.
WHEREAS, According to the National Education Association, average NC Public School teacher salaries fall into the bottom 10 among all states. NC Public Schools are struggling to pay for expenses and hard-pressed to provide supplies. Some schools do not have adequate text books for their students, yet Public School budgets are being shrunk to provide funds for private school choice.
WHEREAS, It is the right of Parents to seek quality education for their children in the private market place, religious and non-religious, but it is not the right of the state to force taxpayers to pay for it.
RESOLVED, That we, members of the North Carolina Democratic Party, commit our time, actions, funds and energy to repeal or modify any law that forces tax payers to fund private schools (whether religious or non-religious) via their taxes.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That all North Carolina Democrats and people of good will shall come together to disallow Private School Choice to destroy our Public School System.
Submitted to the Eighth Congressional District Executive Committee by Mr. James D. Laney, Moore County, April 8, 2017
A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A NONPARTISAN LEGISLATIVE BODY TO CREATE CONGRESSIONAL AND LEGISLATIVE MAPS
WHEREAS under North Carolina's longstanding political system, whichever party controls the legislature also controls redistricting;
WHEREAS for decades, the result has been voting maps that heavily favor one party or the other and reduce competition in elections;
WHEREAS the influence of partisan politics in the redistricting process has undermined public confidence in our system of government;
WHEREAS since 1992, nearly half of all legislative races have had only one candidate on the ballot. Last year, just 1 in 10 of the legislative races were competitive; the other 90 percent were decided by double-digit margins.
WHEREAS there is bipartisan support for House Bill 200 calling for independent nonpartisan legislative staff to follow strict guidelines when drawing voting districts, without any input from legislators, and the maps would in turn be sent to the full legislature for an up or down vote.
RESOLVED that the North Carolina Democratic Party support House Bill 200’s passage into law,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the North Carolina Democratic Party include the spirit of this bill in the party platform.
Submitted to the West Aberdeen precinct meeting by Elizabeth Manley,
Moore County, April 8, 2017