“GO, GRANNY D!” – Thursday, August 16, 2018

Currently touring nationwide, actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens will present “Go, Granny D!”  on Thursday, August 16th, 7:30 pm at The Colonial Theater in Canton. The performance will be dedicated to the memory of the late C. Russell Smith, Barbara’s husband, a committed campaigner for the party.


Touting “You’re never too old to raise a little hell,” the 90-year-old Doris “Granny D” Haddock in 2000 blazed a 3200-mile trail across America for campaign finance reform, precipitating the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act. She continued her bipartisan reform efforts in countrywide voter registration drives, issuing her final challenge in 2010 at age 100: “Democracy is a running game. You huddle and you go back in. You keep going.”

Barbara Bates Smith, noted for her Off-Broadway adaptation and performance of “Ivy Rowe” from Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies, has toured for twenty-nine years with the works of Lee Smith. She has been active in the NAACP’s Moral Monday reform movement in North Carolina, even as an arrestee, in the spirit of Granny D’s efforts to reclaim our democracy. For fifteen years, Jeff Sebens has accompanied her shows with a variety of hammered dulcimer, lap dulcimer, guitar, and banjo music.

Tickets are $15 in advance and are available at the Haywood Democrats headquarters (Tue, Wed, Thu 10am-2pm) or online. To purchase online, click on the ActBlue button below.

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Precinct Cluster Events to Meet the Candidates

The events listed below have been planned to give precinct members an opportunity to learn more about the 2018 candidates and to strategize about ensuring maximum voter turnout for the November 6 Election.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  High voter turnout is going to be the key for Democratic victories.

A few local races are critical! Greg West for Tax Collector, Rhonda Schandevel District 118 for NC Representative and Joe Sam Queen District 119 for NC Representative. It is so important to make sure our local government has the people we need in office. I am sure most of you have heard about a tax collector. This is a chance to get a seasoned tax collector that will not embarrass the county. Greg West is a wonderful candidate so please come meet him.

Clyde North & South – Saturday August 11

Join fellow Democrats for a Meet & Greet on Saturday August 11 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Big Bum Eatery, 99 Depot St. Clyde. Rhonda Cole Schandevel and other candidates are looking forward to saying hello.

Beaverdam 1, 2, 3 & 5/6 – Sunday August 19

The Canton Recreation Park is the meeting place for several Beaverdam precincts to gather for the opportunity to hear from and speak with the candidates. To be held Sunday August 19 from 3 pm to 5 pm. he park is located at 77 Penland St in Canton.

Jonathan Creek Precinct Meet & Greet – Tuesday August 21

Join the voters in the Jonathan Creek and Ivy Hill precincts to support our local County Commissioner, Michael T. Sorrells, and all the Democratic candidates. Meet at the JCreek Fire Department at the bottom of Joe Carver Road on Tuesday August 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Dessert and beverages will be offered. Our county and our state needs your support.

Crabtree/Iron Duff Cookout – Saturday September 1

Joey Trantham (Ironduff) and Nancye Buelow (Crabtree) are again hosting a Democrat cookout at the Crabtree Firehouse on 209 in beautiful Crabtree. All of the Democrat candidates will be present and will talk for 5 mins each. You will have a chance to talk one on one with them also. You will have an opportunity to meet like minded friends in the county! We will have burgers and hotdogs will a wide array of delicious homemade desserts! Please join us!

 East Fork, Pigeon, Center Pigeon & Cecil – Saturday September 29

Inviting all Democrats to a Meet & Greet for candidates in the November election to the Cruso Community Center, 13186 Cruso Rd, Canton. This is an opportunity to meet the people who are running for office in order to improve the lives of the residents of Haywood County and the state. Join us on September 29 from 43 pm to 5 pm.

Break the Majority

In the coming months, we will be reaching out to Democrat and Unaffiliated voters across Haywood County to enlist their support for the Democratic candidates running in the November election. To this end, we will be calling on you to help canvass, phone bank and attend events held by the candidates themselves. We will also need volunteers to staff booths at the various fairs in Haywood as well as support the office staff with data entry and other needs. If you have already volunteered, great! If not, or you want to be assured that your name is on our list, please go to the contact page and let us know. Click here! And thank you for helping us in any way you can. Hint: donations are always welcome.



Special Events

Go, Granny D! – August 16, 7:30pm – Colonial Theater, Canton

Clyde North & South Meet & Greet – August 11, 2-4 pm – Big Bun Eatery, (99 Depot St, Clyde)

Beaverdam 1, 2, 3 & 5/6 Meet & Greet – Sunday August 19, 3-5 pm – Canton Rec Park (77 Penland St., Canton)

Jonathan Creek Precinct Meet & Greet  – August 21, 6:30pm – J Creek Firehouse (Joe Carver Rd.)

Crabtree/Iron Duff Cookout – September 15, 5:30-7 pm – Crabtree Firehouse

East Fork, Pigeon, Center Pigeon & Cecil Gathering – Saturday September 29, 3-5 pm – Cruso Community Center (13186 Cruso Red., Canton)

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.
Tom Alexander, President, RTA95240@gmail.com

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.