Many women are jockeying for the position to become the next 1st Vice Chair of the NCDP: Gwen Wilkins, Grace Galloway, Aisha Dew, Deborah Pollard and Sherry Eason. The race is fluid—for all I know others may have thrown their hat into the ring and I’m simply unaware.
Veleria Levy—a well-established politico and current 2nd vice chair of the NC Dem Party pulled out of the 1st chair race when she got an incredible (and lucrative) career promotion.
Levy and I have not seen eye-to-eye on several issues—but I have always supported her and her endeavors; mainly because she has a deep political acumen. She is one of the few politicos centered within a common sense foundation.
I was sad to read her email as she explained why she was withdrawing from the race. We need adults in the room—adults who know how to bridge the gap with their Republican counterparts.
Moving on . . .
Over the years, I’ve supported and endorsed those who I thought would be greater assets to the party and have the strength to move our party forward and in the right direction.
This morning . . .
I called Sherry Eason. I believe in transparency and I wanted her to hear my concerns from the horse’s mouth. I wanted her to understand, what I say behind her back is the same as what I would say to her face.
Regardless of whom the SEC elects as 1st Vice Chair—Sherry Eason is the least qualified and most erratic person in recent history to run for that position.
Qualifications . . .
Historically, the role of 1st vice chairs is to organize the political party—both at the county and state level.
Eason is currently the 1st vice chair of Onslow County. Although it is heavily Republican—that county party has a dismal record of Democratic turnout: the worst in the state according to the last data I read.
I have a hard time believing that if she cannot organize and create Democratic turnout in her own County—how does she think she can possibly possess the necessary skills to do it statewide.
Secondly, Eason does not have the temperament to be a statewide first vice chair. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being an activist—but in a political statewide organization, such as the North Carolina Democratic Party, the candidate also has to be a politician.
Eason’s agendas fixate on individual trees. She doesn’t look at the whole forest as a collective: a testament to my working with her on a congressional campaign in 2014.
Recently, Sherry Eason spoke in New Hanover County. According to people who were there, she spent a lot of time promoting Wayne Goodwin for chair; prompting one SEC member to privately apologize to Marshall Adame over her remarks.
I can understand her wanting to ride Goodwin’s coattails—but Eason has made claims referencing their “support” of her candidacy. By framing the narrative in such a way, a reasonable person (and SEC delegate) could possibly make the assumption that Goodwin has endorsed her.
She has also framed the same narrative with former United States Senate candidate, and Spring Lake Mayor, Chris Rey.
After making some phone calls—neither of these individuals has endorsed Eason for first vice chair.
If the Democratic Party in North Carolina is to move forward and win elections—it must do it with competent people who have the temperament and acumen for the job.
Electing Sherry Eason as first vice chair of the NCDP would do more harm to an already failing and disorganized political body.
Members of the SEC will make their selection tomorrow – February 11, 2017 at Rolesville High School.