Ashe County Democratic Party Convention 2019

Dianne Little accepts a gift of Ashe County Cheese from Ashe County Democratic Party Chairman Ralph Sorrell after her keynote speech at the ACDP Convention Saturday, March 30.

JEFFERSON — Some 30 Ashe County Democrats met for its annual county convention to elect party officials and handle other party business in the Ashe County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30.

Keynote speaker Dianne Little, who ran for N.C. District 94 House Representative in 2018, spoke to the assembly of Democrats, followed by remarks from Ashe County Democratic Party Treasurer LeVonda Clouse and Alan Briggs, who spoke on behalf of N.C. District 93 House Representative Ray Russell (D-Boone), according to party documents.

Those in attendance voted to accept a slate of candidates as Ashe County Democratic Party officers, as follows: Chairman Ralph Sorrell, First Vice Chairwoman Polly Jones, Second Vice Chairman Roy Carter, Third Vice Chairman Joe Cox, Secretary Nancy Yamashita and Treasurer LeVonda Clouse, according to party documents.

The party also decided who would attend the N.C. 5th District Democratic Convention in Surry County April 27.

Also during the Ashe County Democratic Party convention, regular party business for the month of March was discussed, including a reported party funds balance of $732.40, according to the treasurer’s report.

The democrat’s FDR Dinner will be at Ashe Services for Aging at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and tickets are $20 each. The keynote speaker at the event will be North Carolina Democratic Party Second Chair Matt Hughes, according to party documents.

Also at the convention, Linda Canata volunteered to help organize a Young Democrats’ Club, and Clyde and Eva Ingle shared their efforts to promote Democratic Party ideals in Wilkes County through letters to the editor, party documents said.

The meeting adjourned at 11:53 a.m., with the next meeting of the Ashe County Democratic Party scheduled for Tuesday, April 23 at Smoky Mountain BBQ.

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