During Saturday’s election of Patsy Keever as the next Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party—I was a vote watcher for runner up Marshall Adame.
Although Keever gathered 368 SEC votes and won in the first ballot—there are some interesting things she and her supporters might want to consider.
1. Marshall Adame captured 170 SEC votes having campaigned only a month while spending no significant money in the campaign. In contrast, Keever spent thousands and ran for state chair for over six months. She also had heavy hitters like former Gov. Jim Hunt making phone calls for her.
2. Keever did not sweep the state. She did NOT take Mecklenburg or Wake Counties—Keever and Adame mostly split those counties as well as Cumberland.
Keever gathered significant votes in counties that caucused and voted as one—and in her home county of Buncombe.
3. Keever also did not take a good portion of eastern North Carolina. She, and Adame, split New Hanover while Adame swept Brunswick.
4. Adame also took Onslow, Iredell and Dare.
Keever will need to address and include minorities—specifically African Americans—in eastern North Carolina if she wants to win elections.
She needs to address those issues now—across the state—if she wants to win this election cycle.
A good start would be to embrace Casey Mann in some meaningful way—both publicly and behind the scenes. Mann has worked tirelessly embracing minority communities—and she is respected.
During the time Voller was Chair—over 30 new AAC’s were formed and they are active.
The Blue Ballot worked. If we really want to unify—build upon that and make it better.
In the end, there are many bundlers and donors ready to invest in North Carolina if she is willing to reach out her hand and embrace the help that is being offered.
It’s time for both the progressives and the YD’s to put down their swords and work together.
Keever won but how the county totals played out indicates we are a somewhat fractured Party in need of a clean start. Take care in filling Goodwin House with those who will build bridges and not walls.