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Submitted photo | Jefferson PostAt the Fifth District rally were (from left): State Senate candidate Jim Sponenburg, U.S. Representative candidate Josh Brannon, Ashe Democratic Party Chair Melba Jones, former Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson, and State House Representative candidate Sue Counts.
Submitted photo | Jefferson PostAt the Fifth District rally were (from left): State Senate candidate Jim Sponenburg, U.S. Representative candidate Josh Brannon, Ashe Democratic Party Chair Melba Jones, former Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson, and State House Representative candidate Sue Counts.
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Democratic delegates from across the 12 counties of the Fifth District gathered at the Continuing Education facility at Forsyth Technical Community College’s West Campus on Bolton Street in Winston-Salem Saturday afternoon, May 17, to elect delegates to the state convention, to pass resolutions and to hear from candidates running in the 2014 election cycle.


The enthusiasm of the audience was evident as over 150 delegates assembled for their annual convention and rally .


Associate State Supreme Court Justice, Robin Hudson, opened the program by thanking everyone for their endorsement in the May Primary. She survived a million dollar negative ad campaign during the last weeks before the primary. She will run in the fall election.


Ashe County Democratic Party Chair, Melba Jones, led a large contingent of nine delegates from Ashe County Ashe County Democratic Party. “We are proud to be here in support of our Fifth District Democrats. We are working hard every day and look forward to victory come 2014, and I am proud to say that we have a good turnout for the convention from Ashe County and we are happy to be here in support of Senator Kay Hagan,” said Jones.


Delegates attending the convention from the Ashe County Democratic Party included Melba Jones, Roy Elmore, Mary Carol Elmore, Polly Jones, Ralph Jones, Richard Blackburn, Mary Blackburn, Patty Wheeler and Nancy Henry.


U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, the keynote speaker, told Democrats that getting out the vote was critical to Democratic success in the fall.


“A strong get out the vote effort raising Democratic performance in our precincts is key to winning local races as well. It is now important that we unite as Democrats and secure victory for our entire ticket this fall, ” said Jones.


Hagan pledged to continue campaigning throughout the state on weekends until election day. The speech resonated throughout the hall and was met with a standing ovation at the conclusion of her remarks.


Local candidates, on the Ashe ballot, were introduced and allowed to speak to the gathering. Sue Counts running to represent Ashe County in the N.C. House of Representatives, Jim Sponenberg, running the county in the N.C. Senate and Richard Blackburn for county commissioner were well received by the audience.


The Fifth District includes Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Catawba ,Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin Counties in northwest North Carolina.


A number of local and national resolutions were passed by the delegates including a” resolution opposing the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court.


The Ashe County Democratic Party meets at 7 p.m. each fourth Tuesday at Smoky Mountain Barbecue in West Jefferson. Ashe County Democratic Party Chair, Melba Jones, invites all interested citizens to attend these important meetings.


Call 336-846-9068 for more information.


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