Questions for the Candidates for NCDP Chair

The election for NCDP Chair is just weeks away. On February 7, members of the State Executive Committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party will meet in Chatham County to elect the person who will lead the party for the next two years. Barring any nominations from the floor, there are four candidates who have announced their intentions to run for the seat - Patsy Keever, Ron Sanyal, Constance "Connie" Johnson, and Janice Covington Allison.

We have a tradition at BlueNC of inviting candidates to participate in live blogs or to answer questions posed in advance from BlueNC readers. Please help us create a questionnaire that we can send all four candidates.

Questions should be:

  • Relevant to all four candidates
  • Relevant to the office for which they are running
  • Intended to inform our readers and not bait the candidates
  • family friendly

I will send the questionnaire to all four candidates. We will gather questions from our Facebook page as well. Thank you for your help!

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Fundraising

As chair, one of your main responsibilties will be to raise millions in order operate an effective state party. Lay out, in detail, how you can raise seven figures in the next eighteen months.

This is the most important question.

Modern political fundraising operations are complex, require monotonous hard work, and involve an interesting dynamic where the boss gets bossed around by the staff. I'm posing a lot of questions in my next blog post, but I think these are the two most important questions:

  • I would like to know how many hours of call time - dialing for dollars - each candidate is willing to commit to per week.
  • I would like to know each candidate's pitch.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Larger question

Considering the track record of the NC Democratic Party in the past few years, why should average voters donate money to the party rather than giving it to organizations like the NAACP, the NC ACLU, and other organizations that are actively and visibly challenging Republican policies? What will give them any confidence that their dollars will make any difference?

What was the response?

Any word on this?

This question was asked at the Mecklenburg forum

Only one of the candidates had ever done candidate call time. I was not amused.

There were a couple of magical thinking approaches to raising money, and one or two candidates even rejected the idea that the next chair will have to call donors and ask for money. I suspect that the answers to the questions Betsy sends over will betray a similar lack of campaign literacy.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I am not going to bet against you

I'm amazed at the people who seem to think the chair is supposed to "manage" volunteers in the counties.



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Crickets?

Seriously? That's pretty sad.

Wish I had a question, but leadership isn't something I know anything about.

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

I just noticed

the comment above yours had been waiting for approval for a while, but I don't know why.

I myself have a few questions, but I've been trying to collect my thoughts before posting them.

Here's mine, and hopefully

nobody will use it as a jumping-off platform to sling mud:

What steps would you be willing to take to bring the Party back together? Regardless of how many people are actively instigating problems, the last (several) SEC votes have been split right down the middle, on the substantial votes, anyway. Possibly empanel a Reconciliation Committee? Not sure if there is already in place a body solely dedicated to exploring grievances, but there should be.

Ask if they plan a 100-county

Ask if they plan a 100-county strategy, or if they would focus election work in just a handful of counties?

Ask what is their model for messaging?

Thank you, everyone

All very good questions. I have this posted on other pages, so hopefully I'll be able to add to these tomorrow.



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I think I included all of these questions

I only changed wording to pose a direct question to the candidates, so there might be slight wording changes, but no material changes.

I also included questions about their experience within the party and in running campaigns.

Tomorrow I will send questionnaires to candidates for the other offices. Only the 2nd Vice Chair position is contested, but I think all those who put their names forward should get a little publicity!



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Just a reminder

Should a candidate who identifies as male win the chairmanship, Zack Hawkins can't run for 1VC - so there will be no announced candidates.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Well...Zack is announced now, so he gets a questionnaire

...and I'm fairly certain there are SEC members who are aware of the rules and have a contingency plan if a woman is not elected chair.



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I have one questionnaire back

I sent reminders out to the other four candidates for chair. I also sent questionnaires to Zack, Veleria, Chris, Andy & Melvin - running for the other officer positions. Even if they are running unopposed, it gives us a chance to meet them. Who knows? We may be voting for them for something else someday soon.



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