Ashe County Democrats at new HQ

Ashe County Democrats Ray Russell, Teressa Goss, Rex Goss, Bucky Absher, Dale Carlson, Becky Carlson, Richard Blackburn, Mary Jean Blackburn and others pose outside the new headquarters building on East Main Street in Jefferson during grand opening festivities July 14.

JEFFERSON — Some passing cars beeped their horns, others revved their engines at smiling Democrats standing on the curb of East Main Street, waving flags and campaign signs in celebration of their newly opened Ashe County Democratic Party Headquarters beside Real Life Church from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21.

The Ashe County Democrats, previously headquartered in a smaller office space in the same building, moved next door for more room to work, according to chairperson Ralph Sorrell.

The opening day festivities featured live music and refreshments for fundraising, and it was attended by Democratic candidates for office and party members in blue “make America kind again” t-shirts, among other visitors.

“The new office allows the candidates to have space to do their own thing,” Sorrell said. “We know we’re outnumbered, so we have to work a little harder. Our goal is to register more Democrats and to find the unaffiliated that kind of lean our way, and if we can’t get them involved, at least make sure they vote.”

In Ashe County there are 5,288 registered Democrats, 8,097 registered Republicans, 70 registered Libertarians and one registered Green Party member, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. In total, 5,523 of the 18,979 registered voters in Ashe County identify as independents.

“It’s an uphill climb here in Ashe County, but I feel like we’re motivated and we’re doing some good things,” Sorrell said.

Sorrell said the Democrats’ office will be open on a daily basis up until Election Day Nov. 6, but he is not sure when those hours will be quite yet.

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