A busy day at the Rowan County Board of Elections as the last day of candidate filing comes to a close.
Veleria Levy, of Kannapolis, filed her intention to run for a seat on Rowan County’s Board of County Commissioners.
Two at-large positions are up for grab this election cycle. Currently both seats are held by Republicans.
Veleria was graduated from NC A&T State Universality with a dual degree in Political Science and Marketing. She is the Founder of Purses and Politics – a business formed to bring together women, who are at the top of their game, and are looking to spread the word about politics by making informed and educated decisions.
For years, Levy has been an advocate, volunteering her time as a Board Member at her son’s Catholic School and she is a PTA Executive Board
*Levy’s Political Experience*
Veleria serves as an appointee from the Rowan County Commission and serves on the Salisbury-Rowan Human Relations council and the Kannapolis Community Development Commission.
Ms. Levy is the 2nd Vice Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party and serves on the State Executive Committee. She has been a member of the North Carolina Democratic Party for over ten years and has been active in the Rowan County Democratic Party for over seven years.
Since 2010, Ms. Levy is the first African American woman to hold such an honor according to her bio page.
Democratic Party Leadership
North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership, Graduate Spring 2012
Rowan County Chair, 2010-2014
District 8 1st Vice Chair – 2015 – Present
Member, State Executive Committee, North Carolina 2008 – present
Minority Chairperson – District 6, 2008-2010
Treasurer District 6, 2008
Past First Vice-Chair of Rowan County Democratic Party.
Member, Rowan County Chamber Government Affairs Committee
Graduate of Leadership Rowan, 2014
Board Member, Salisbury / Rowan Human Relations Council
Board Member of the Center for Faith & the Arts
School Board Member, Sacred Heart Catholic School
Community Development Commission, City of Kannapolis
Salisbury Rowan NAACP, Member
Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
Although Levy is a North Carolina Democrat and an elected officer in the party – she is by no means a ‘rank and file’ Democrat. Levy believes in the ideals of democracy, fairness and freedom. She has the reputation of pushing back against the NCDP when she feels the party could be doing more to support the poor and working class in North Carolina.
Levy has a reputation of finding common ground among all people on both sides of the political spectrum and she works to solve problems collectively. Locally, especially at the county level, elected officials need to be able to get along with each other and put working class citizens above political pivoting and spin. Too many people are hurting, not knowing if they’ll have a job next month – or the month after. Over time, that stress can erode into the fabric of the family and cause added heartache.
*Why the run for County Commissioner?*
Veleria Levy believes much more could and should be done for Rowan County and the hard working people who call it home.
Opportunities have been lost to maximize business development and the effort to create jobs can be better. Levy is a leader and she has proven she can handle responsibility.
Levy is a champion for the working class and those living paycheck to paycheck trying to make ends meet.
Levy is the only Democrat running for Rowan County Commissioner. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.