My name is Chris Telesca, and I am currently a precinct Chair, SEC member, current District Coordinator and former House District Coordinator in the Wake County Democratic Party.
It's no secret that current 1st Vice Chair Lindy Brown is going to file to run for the NC House in what is already a contested primary. She announced she'll eventually resign at tonight's Wake Dems District Coordinator meeting. So I am hereby announcing my candidacy for 1st Vice Chair of the Wake County Democratic Party. I am asking for your vote whenever our county party schedules the election for that office. It might be in mid to late March, or it might not be until the April County Convention.
Some folks are concerned about Section 2.03 of the NCDP Plan of Organization. It requires the first vice chair must be of the opposite gender of the chair - except when filing a vacancy for an unexpired term. So my gender is not a problem.
The main area of responsibility of the 1st Vice Chair is party building and precinct organization. I've been passionately dedicated to partybuilding since my Howard Dean days in 2003 - and I believe that we cannot take back our county, state or county until we take back our party. And we can't take back our party until we organize all our precincts and involve every possible Democratic voter at the precinct level. Going into the 2012 election year, partybuilding and precinct organization are more important than ever before!
NC turned "blue" in 2008 largely due to the turnout in Wake County. I was part of that team of dedicated Wake County Democrats that organized and energized more of our precincts than ever before - 145 out of 198 - including working with both Clinton and Obama volunteers in early 2008 to organize previously unorganized precincts. I served as the Executive Officer of our 2008 GOTV committee under Coordinator Jeff Marsocci. I worked 5.5 months as a full-time volunteer where we had nearly 100% sign placement and poll greeter coverage at our precincts and early voting sites. We had greater voter turnout than Mecklenburg County even though they had more voters in 2008!
I've been a precinct chair since 2004, and a member of the State Executive Committee since 2006. I've also been very involved in election integrity work in Wake County and across the state. NCDP David Parker appointed me as the ad hoc chair of the NCDP Electoral Reform and Voter Protection Committee.
Both Doris Weaver and Blaise Strenn - the former Chair and 1st Vice Chair respectively during the 2008 election cycle - endorse my candidacy for 1st Vice Chair. I've been asked to run by several former and current party and elected public leaders, as well as some current candidates for public office. A full list of endorsements will be forthcoming. Whenever we have the election to fill the vacancy, I ask for your vote so that I may do more and better work building the party and organizing precincts in Wake County!