I'm not sure if everyone is aware, but next week is the Democratic National Committee's Fall Meeting, held Sept 10-12 in Austin, Texas (open to the public, as always). This meeting is the first "big" meeting of the DNC since the 2008 election. The main business will be the election of 75 At-Large members, as well as the election of members to the various standing committees, e.g. Budget, Credentials, Resolutions, and Rules & By-Law. The various caucuses and other groups will meet to elect their leaders. For instance, there are regional caucuses, e.g. Southern, and other councils, like the Youth Council (for those up to age 35) and the Veterans and Military Families Council. The caucuses will elect officers, to include members who will sit on the DNC Executive Committee.
I'm still learning all these positions/elections myself, but I wanted to share the North Carolinians that have been put forth by DNC Chair Tim Kaine, in his slate, for the DNC as a whole to ratify as the newest DNC members/officers/committee members.
For the 75 At-Large positions, we have one member nominated for re-election and the addition of another North Carolinian for election:
For re-election: Joyce Brayboy (DC). Ms. Brayboy is a Senior Vice President of the Glover Park Group specializing in government relations and strategic communications. Prior to joining the Glover Park Group, Ms. Brayboy served as Chief of Staff and Chief Legislative and Political Advisor to Cong. Melvin Watt. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in public policy studies in 2001 and received an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins in 2003. Ms. Brayboy was originally nominated to serve as an At-Large member by Chairman Howard Dean in 2007.
For election: Ed Turlington (NC) Mr. Turlington is a veteran of many campaigns. He most recently served as an adviser to Senator John Edwards and former Senator Bill Bradley’s residential campaigns. Prior to joining Senator Bradley’s campaign, Mr, Turlington served as Campaign Manager for North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt's successful reelection campaign in 1996 and as Governor Hunt's Chief of Staff from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Turlington also served as Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Bob Jordan from 1987 to 1989, Special Assistant/Counsel to U.S. Senator Terry Sanford from 1986-87 and Executive Director of the North Carolina Democratic Party from 1985 to 1986.
For the Standing Committees (and I apologize for not knowing if these are for re-election or election, though I suspect re-election for the former and election for the latter):
DNC Credentials Committee: Everett Ward (co-chair)
DNC Resolutions Committee: Ed Turlington
I admit to trying out for one of the standing committees, but as a mere freshman member, I suppose I'm not "cool" enough yet to be nominated (probably the glasses...). But I am excited about what the Youth Council has in store (looking forward to meeting with these folks whom I've met either via conference calls or e-mails). I certainly would point you toward the DNC Youth Council's Facebook and Twitter pages so you can follow what's going on with the young pups who are, as usual, one of the most active caucuses! I'm also looking forward to joining our regional caucus, the Southern Caucus, to see what we can do to ensure that we continue to break the "red states" stereotype (North Carolina, Virginia, and...I suppose it's Southern!...Florida have to continue to maintain our blueness in the red wilderness!).
I hope to post updates and pics every night of the Fall Meeting, but no promises (might be some late night Austin fun to be had!). In any case, I will certainly provide an update about what went on.
Thanks, and it's a continuing pleasure to be one of North Carolina's members to the Democratic National Committee. After this meeting, I hope to be better able to understand the organization and serve to promote the needs of our state!