Welcome to the Haywood Democrats

Primaries are in March 2020

The two week filing period for 2020 candidates ended at 12:00 noon Friday (12/20) and 5 Democratic primary candidates have filed for the NC11 House of Representatives open seat vacated by Mark Meadows.  In alphabetical order, they are:

  • Gina Collias – Kings Mountain
  • Morris Davis – Asheville
  • Michael O’Shea – Asheville
  • Phillip Price – Nebo
  • Steven Woodsmall – Pisgah Forest

Other candidates for NC11 include 10 Republican primary candidates, as well as 1 Green Party and 1 Libertarian candidate.

In addition, I’m happy to report that we have a Democratic candidate for all of our local races.

For Haywood County Board of Commissioners:

  • Leah Hampton – Waynesville West Precinct
  • David Young – Saunook Precinct

For NC House District 118 (the seat vacated by Michele Presnell):

  • Alan Jones – Beaverdam 5/6 Precinct

For NC House 119

  • Joe Sam Queen 

For NC Senate District 50 (the seat vacated by Jim Davis)

  • Victoria Fox – Beaverdam 3 Precinct

For information on our local candidates, check out this article in The Mountaineer of December 13″: https://www.themountaineer.com/news/democrats-file-for-office/article_b88b7c58-2369-11ea-8833-53227250bab6.html

Upcoming events in January.

Please mark your calendar for the following important dates:

Saturday, January 25 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm  Candidate Forum with four of the five Democratic candidates running for NC Superintendent of Public Instruction @ the Harrell Center Auditorium @ Lake Junaluska.

Saturday, February 15 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon:  Annual Precinct Meetings @ your community polling locations.  More details later.

Women’s March 2020

2020 is set to be a landmark year for the Women’s March in Washington, DC and Haywood County women are getting organized to be among the thousands of marchers in DC on Saturday, January 18.  

If you have an interest in going and want to coordinate your plans for travel and lodging, please let me know immediately.  If enough people are interested, the Haywood County Democratic Party may be able to do some fundraising to help with expenses.

Please send a message to haywooddemocrats@gmail.com by Friday, December 20, 2019.


Looking for the do-nothing culprits: Put sights on the Senate

Trump and Mitch McConnell keep repeating the phrase “do nothing Democrats” but it is Senate Republicans who are the do nothing legislators. ….. click here to read more…

New Items for Sale

Show your true colors. Drop by Headquarters and show your support for the Haywood Democrats by picking up one of our great new T-shirts, buttons, or bumper stickers. Make America Smart Again!

Haywood Democrats Have Been Busy

Get Real about the Climate Crisis!

Another very successful event was held with the participation of Haywood County Democrats. On September 21, the Stuart Auditorium was full of people interested in climate change and the issue of safe waters in our home North Carolina. The film Guardians of Our Troubled Waters was screened, followed by a panel discussion with the Director of the film, David Weintraub, Haywood Waterways Executive Director, Eric Romaniszyn, and a representative of Mountain True. We are planning a larger event some time in the Spring. If you would like to be a part of this, please let us know at: HaywoodDemocrats@gmail.com.

Myth-Busting Forum 2A Beautiful Healthcare Plan: Promise or Threat?

Our recent Health Care forum was a success!

While we are awaiting the latest version of Trump’s threatened budget plans for health care, which he has stated will be ‘great’ and ‘soon,’ we know that there is no telling when and what we are in store for.  So we press on…

Some possibly helpful points:
Sen. Phil Berger has declared medicaid expansion a bad idea-a ‘disincentive’ for people working. This is bases on ideology, not facts, as the analysis of Arkansas and other experience demonstrates.

Joe Sam Queen had an excellent column in the Mountaineer recently…a very non-partisan, compelling argument.
An excellent analysis of Medicaid Expansion in NC:

We need to place the Trump administrations proposed attack on Medicare and Medicaid in historical perspective:

Senator Erica Smith Spoke to over 125 Democrats at a Successful Spring Rally

Introduced by our own Julia Buckner, State Senator Erica Smith gave us a rousing presentation highlighting her efforts in the General Assembly and her future aims. Senator Smith, who is running in a primary to unseat US Senator Tom Tillis, gave us a rundown of the ways in which our representatives in Washington have acted against the best interests of our state and the need to replace Sen Tiillis with a senator who has our best interests at heart.

For more information on Senator Smith, her background and her six part plan, go to: https://ericaforus.com.

Myth Busting: We Are Our Own Worst Enemy

A crowd of approximately 150 attended our first Myth Busting presentation featuring Dr. David Crane, a world-renowned international prosecutor, who discussed the truth about foreign and domestic terrorism in America. Additionally, special speaker Haywood resident, Andrew Morgan, gave a personal testimony of his faith, Islam.

The Mountaineer gave us great coverage of the event. The article can be found here; First Myth-Busting Event Exceeds Expectations.


Regular Monthly Meetings

Democratic Women – 3rd Thursday of the month – 6:30pm – Various meeting places

Senior Democrats –  last Tuesday of every month – 1:00pm – Democratic Headquarters

Democratic Men – 4th Thursday of the month – 6:00pm – Captain’s Bay, Russ Ave, Waynesville

Executive Meeting – 3rd Monday of each month – 6:30pm –  Democratic Headquarters

Auxiliary Groups

Democratic Women

The objectives of the Haywood County Democratic Women’s Club are to support the principles of the Democratic Party; to encourage able Democratic women to seek public office; and to participate in Democratic Party activities. The HCDWC also works to elect Democratic Party candidates and lends support to Democratic elected officials. Come join us! – 3rd Thursday of the month – 6:30pm -Democratic Headquarters, Judy Russell, President, djrussell2003@att.net

Senior Democrats

The objectives of the Haywood County Senior Democrats are to work to get Democratic candidates elected to public office; to advocate for issues of concern to seniors; and to educate voters and potential voters about issues and candidates.  Any registered Democrat over the age of 50 is eligible for membership. Come join us!  –  last Tuesday of every month – 1:00 pm @Democratic Headquarters
Juanita Dixon, President, sjdixon28716@yahoo.com

Democratic Men

The purpose of the Haywood County Democratic Men’s Club is to promote the interests of the Democratic Party and to help get Democratic candidates elected to all levels of government. In addition, the club provides financial assistance and counsel to the Haywood Democratic Party. Join us the 4th Thursday of the month – Captain’s Bay, Russ Ave.
Steve Ellis, President, ellis849@bellsouth.net

Young Democrats

Efforts are underway to reorganize the Haywood County Young Democrats. Any registered Democrat under the age of 36 interested in joining should contact us. Go to he Contact page here or email us at HaywoodDemocrats@gmail.com.

Any group of 5 or more young Democrats can organize within their county as an official chapter of Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC). By promoting the values of freedom, fairness, equality and social justice, the Young Democrats organization provides the youth of North Carolina a vehicle for progressive change.