Welcome to the Haywood Democrats

Moe Davis Takes His Town Halls Online with a Series of “MOE TALKS” Facebook Live Events

ASHEVILLE — Campaigning for public office during this coronavirus pandemic isn’t easy. We need everyone to stay at home as much as possible, practice social distancing when out and hunker down until it is safe to return to our normal lives.
 
The Moe Davis for Congress campaign is following those guidelines, so our plans to hold Town Halls throughout the 11th Congressional District in North Carolina are on hold for now. But we can still find ways to communicate and discuss the important issues of the day with voters in Western North Carolina.
 
To that end, we are announcing a series of “Moe Talks” Facebook Live events for the next six weeks. The first Moe Talks will be at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, with another event at 7 p.m. on Thursday. We’ll follow that Monday-Thursday schedule and time for six weeks.
 
We want to focus on specific issues for each Moe Talks, beginning with healthcare and the coronavirus on Monday. Voters in the 11th District can participate by sending in questions in advance via our @MoeDavisforCongress Facebook page. Just click on the message icon.
 
Moe will answer questions, discuss his views and try to take questions while live on Facebook as well. We hope it will give voters an opportunity to learn more about Moe and the policies he will support as your Congressman.
 
We look forward to our first Moe Talks on Monday and hope you can stream the event. Tell your family, tell your friends — including your Republican family and friends — and ask them to learn more about why Moe, a retired Air Force Colonel, Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, National Security Specialist for Congress, law professor and judge with the U.S. Department of Labor, is the only candidate with the experience to lead Western North Carolina during these perilous times.

See you on Monday!

 Mountain Strong


Covid-19 Affects Us All

We need to work together and treat each other with kindness in the mitigation of COVID-19. We need to focus on mitigation because the opportunity for suppression has passed.

Suppression of an epidemic requires early and widespread testing to facilitate isolation of positive cases to reduce the number of new cases infected as close to zero as possible. The goal of suppression is to eliminate or control the epidemic for the long term.

Mitigation involves slowing the epidemic, but not necessarily reducing the overall number of people who will get infected. The idea is to limit the rate at which people get infected so that the healthcare system does not get overwhelmed. When that happens, doctors need to make the tough choices on who gets treated and who doesn’t because they don’t have the facilities or resources to treat everyone. The best guess from experts in the UK is that as many as two million Americans are likely to die from COVID-19.

How did we miss the opportunity to implement suppression and instead get to where we are? The answer is the gross negligence and denial of President Trump and his administration. Instead of taking steps to get effective testing in place, Trump said he did not want his “numbers to go up” which would result with testing. Instead of initiating action, we got unrealistic ramblings interspersed with a progression of classic Trump lies (It’s a hoax; just a conspiracy to make me look bad; everyone can get tested) and dangerous misinformation (You can go to work if you are not too sick).

Having eliminated the task force on pandemics (Trump lied that he had not done this), Trump put politicians and political appointees out to take the fall for his incompetence. Pence, who had botched a health emergency as governor, was put in charge. All we got from him was phony praise for the great leadership that Trump was providing and lots of promises on what they were going to do – but never did.

Trump is not alone in his denial of the problem. Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, adjourned the Senate for a long weekend so he could attend festivities in Kentucky instead of working on legislation to deal with the pandemic. Other Congressional Republicans have urged people to ignore precautions and gather in public places until some of their colleagues got sick.

To this day – more than two months after it became obvious there was a serious problem – the federal government has been largely missing in action. Governors have stepped into the breach and started doing what they could on their own. This is good, but not enough. Only the federal government can put the Army into action to set up temporary hospitals for the overflow that will occur at our local hospitals. Only the federal government can take nationwide initiatives to mitigate the infection rate.

So, as initially stated, we need to take care of our neighbors and ourselves because we cannot expect any help from the Trump administration. Practice known mitigation practices, such as hand washing and social distancing. Viruses in general are killed by ultra violet light, so putting things and ourselves in sunlight might be helpful. Go for walks, but not near others. If you need to go to the store, use wipes, if you have them, before you go inside at home. We need to do what we can to stay safe in reducing possible exposure to the virus. 

COVID-19, like climate change, does not care about what you believe or what you deny. They don’t care about your political opinions or your religious beliefs. They will continue on their course unless we take effective action.


11th Congressional District Democratic Nominee Moe Davis Calls on North Carolina Senator Richard Burr to Resign

ASHEVILLE — The coronavirus pandemic has roiled our country, sent our economy into a tailspin and created a desperate need to support everyday workers who have been devastated by a loss of income.

Now is a critical moment for leaders to step up to the challenge and do what’s best for our country.

How disgusting to learn that U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and others instead used insider knowledge of that coming devastation to do what is best only for themselves. Following Senate updates on the spread of the coronavirus and impact on our country, Burr reportedly sold as much as $1.7 million in stock before the market crashed.

Moe Davis, Democratic nominee for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District and a constituent of Burr, joins many in the country and in Western North Carolina calling on Burr to immediately resign his Senate seat and face investigation to see if he violated any insider trading laws. Davis also calls for an investigation into all members of the House, Senate and OGE-278 filers (senior government officials) who had access to non-public information on COVID-19 and used it to personally profit, whether they are Republicans or Democrats.

“I’m running for Congress to restore integrity and accountability to Washington,’’ Davis said. “Nothing erodes public confidence in government more than public servants serving themselves ahead of the interests of their constituents. It’s particularly appalling when personal profit takes priority over public safety during a global pandemic where countless numbers will get sick, scores will die and millions will suffer.”

In the meantime, Davis will make this pledge to voters in Western North Carolina today: When he is your representative in Congress, he will place all investments in a blind trust.

We need leaders who are in office to look out for our country, not their own pockets.

Mountain Strong


Some Changes to Our Calendar

We will not be staffing our office on a regular basis, but due to the state of emergency declared by Governor Roy Cooper and the Town of Waynesville, we are working on a very limited schedule.

I will be checking our email and voicemail on a regular basis, so please send a message to haywooddemocrats@gmail.com or call and leave a message at 828-452-9607.

County Meeting Postponed

The Haywood County Democratic Convention date has been changed to Saturday, April 25 – time to be determined.  I’ll be sending email messages with additional information to precinct officials and convention delegates.

Updates will also be placed here on our website.

Stay well and keep safe,

Myrna Campbell, Chair
Haywood County Democratic Party


Candidates who won the Democratic primaries for Election Day Tuesday November 3

President – Joe Biden – Not the official candidate. Won the NC primary.
US Senate – Cal Cunningham
US House – Moe Davis
Governor – Roy Cooper
Lt. Governor – Yvonne Lewis Holley
Secretary of State- Elaine Marshall
Attorney General – Josh Stein
NC Auditor – Beth Wood
Commissioner of Agriculture – Jenna Wadsworth
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Jen Mangrum
Commissioner of Labor – Jessica Holmes
NC Treasurer – Ronnie Chatterji
Commissioner Of Insurance – Wayne Goodwin
Haywood County Board of Commissioners
                Leah Hampton – Waynesville West Precinct
                David Young – Saunook Precinct
NC House District 118 (the seat vacated by Michele Presnell):
                Alan Jones – Beaverdam 5/6 Precinct
NC House District 119
                Joe Sam Queen 
NC Senate District 50 (the seat vacated by Jim Davis)
                Victoria Fox – Beaverdam 3 Precinct

To dig into details of the results, visit https://er.ncsbe.gov/.



Fun 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!



Events

Regular Monthly Meetings

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

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

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

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

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.