Janice Covington Makes #NCDP History—Elected Precinct Chair of CLT #29

janice photoCharlotte, NC—Saturday, March 21, 2015—This afternoon, Janice Covington was elected Chair of Precinct #29 of the North Carolina Democratic Party in Charlotte. The election marks the first time in North Carolina Democratic Party history that a transgendered person has been elected to that post.
Janice was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention and was named by the North Carolina Democratic Party to the 2016 Delegate Selection Committee recently.
But, Covington is  also not a stranger to controversy. On March 2nd, during the Charlotte nondiscrimination ordinance debate – Janice was singled out by many leaders of right-wing Christian organizations calling her “a man in a dress…using the women’s bathroom.”
Janice was escorted out of the women’s restroom by a female Mek/CLT police officer surrounded by applause from members of the “Don’t Do It CLT’ protesters.  One protester videoed Covington in the restroom and posted it to the Charlotte Observer – taking it down only hours later.

The North Carolina Democratic Party denounced the Charlotte City Council for voting down the nondiscrimination ordinance. Some Democrats within the Party leadership have voiced their concern publicly—calling for those Democrats who voted against the ordinance and the amendment striking down the transgender bathroom clause to face Primary opponents in the next election.
Janice was featured in the Charlotte Observer recently where she recounted her life history and her years as an activist and advocate.
Janice Covington will have an opportunity to continue her role as activist and advocate—recently Janice released a statement indicating she will be doing a series of radio pilots hoping to take Transgender issues nationally over the airwaves.

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About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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One Response to Janice Covington Makes #NCDP History—Elected Precinct Chair of CLT #29

  1. Ally Raymond says:

    Congratulation! ❤

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