UPDATED: Young Leaders Ready to Serve

This year, we're beginning to see what happens in the wake of the most successful youth-powered campaign in American history. Many of North Carolina's young leaders have filed to run for office in this year's important municipal elections. Some are new to politics, some have spent years working to make policies that will help our state, and others have the experience of a previous run for office under their belt. Some are past and present Young Democrats, while others are just plain Democrats. But they're all a departure from the politics-as-usual candidates that have given so many of us a headache over the past few years.

Andy Ball is a young leader who is running for Town Council in Boone. Andy currently serves on Boone's Board of Adjustment and as the president of the Watauga County Young Democrats. His friendly personality and his experience in Watauga politics, as well as his ties to ASU, will make him an asset on the Boone Town Council.

Kady-Ann Davy is a candidate for Fayetteville City Council District 2. She is involved with numerous civic organizations in Fayetteville and is currently the President of Sandhills Health and Wellness, LLC. She was a DNC Delegate for Barack Obama and hopes to work on public safety and urban housing issues.

Donald Hughes is the youngest of these candidates at 22 years old and is pursing a seat on the Durham City Council in Ward One. He was a pledged delegate for Barack Obama, an intern for Congressman Mel Watt, and is the son of a former Councilwoman/School Board Member. He has thoughtful ideas for economic development that will unlock the potential of Durham.

Jay Ovittore, who ran for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 NC-06 Congressional Primary, is running for Greensboro City Council District 3. He's a BlueNC blogger, a member of Greensboro's Human Relations Commission, and a tireless fighter on a range of issues, including health care and broadband access.

Lee Sartain is running for Raleigh City Council At-Large. He's got an impressive web presence and is barnstorming Raleigh with his boundless energy. Like many young candidates, Sartain is looking to the future with his interest in developing the Raleigh Innovation and Technology Zone (RITZ) in the city’s downtown.

Asheville City Council Candidate Gordon Smith - no relation to the former US Senator - needs no introduction in the NC Blogosphere. In his professional life he councils children and families, while in his political life he has used his blog to fight the Woodfin coal plant and replace former Rep. Charles Taylor. He's got the endorsement of the councilwoman he's hoping to replace, and he'd be a great addition to the board.

Owen Sutkowski is running for Charlotte City Council District 1 in a primary that will determine the winner of the race as there is no Republican opposition. Sutkowski is running on a platform of open government and community involvement, especially on planning issues. He faces a tough challenge in popular incumbent Patsy Kinsey, but the race looks to be very competitive.

James Taylor - also no relation - is a 28-year-old Juvenile Court Counselor running for Winston-Salem City Council in the Southeast Ward. His community involvement and his commitment to helping Winston-Salem residents of all ages speaks for itself.


Running to the Gym

Please tell me if I forgot anyone.

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

thank you for this post!

Thanks for compiling this list of young candidates.

Anthony Foxx, future mayor of Charlotte, also represents the next generation of leadership, having just aged out of the Young Democrats a few years ago.

Sartain's campaign has been blogging on BlueNC here.

Donald Hughes is running for

Donald Hughes is running for Council in Durham and is a bright, young fellow.


for the mention. I will have a website up later this week and a twitter feed for those interested. I have been blogging, but not on entirely political things. I am a contributing editor and NC Issues Coordinator for Stopthecap.com, which is a site devoted to consumers rights and fighting back the monopolies that exist in most of the broadband markets. I will post an update here on my campaign in the near future. Thanks Again!

Jay Ovittore

“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.” Thomas Jefferson

Gordon Smith for Asheville City Council

There's one you left out!

I'm Gordon Smith, and I'm a candidate for Asheville City Council. I'm a Democrat who's blogged for years at Scrutiny Hooligans and here at BlueNC. I'm running to make Asheville more affordable and more sustainable.

My campaign site is here. If you want to see progressive politics grow in the mountains, consider giving a few dollars or a few hours.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Don't worry, didn't forget you

I just thought that like Anthony Foxx, you were now a "Young At Heart" YD ;-)

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

Oh no

Young at heart?!? Well that'll make a 38 year old feel much older! 8-)

The YDs here in Buncombe County go up to age 40.

Thanks for highlighting the talent, Oliver.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Happy to fudge it

and didn't know that about the BCYDs.

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

Yeah we started our chapter in Lenoir County it is similar

We allowed for a provison in the bylaws to let Associate and Honorary member shall carry all of the rights and privileges of Active membership. It just applies to our county, as a way to grow the group. We are a new chapter. Each county can do whate ever they want in its bylaws. Just as long as they undertand that as far as the state and national convention is concerned the State Bylaws take precedent.

Anthony D. Hall,

Fighting for Truth, Justice, Freedom and the American Way!

I want to add Hilary Greene to that list

She has heard the call and has answered the call to serve! She's Young, Energetic, Motivated, and Passionate about serving the people of Kinston, NC. She has the vision to see the bright Future that Kinston can have with the right leadership. She has everything that it takes to move Kinston, Lenoir County and the State of North Carolina Forward. Check out her page on Facebook.


Anthony D. Hall,

Fighting for Truth, Justice, Freedom and the American Way!

Glad to see

there is some lgbt representation there. At least one fourth of that initial list qualifies anyways. Although it is probably a safe bet that most young dems, whether they are lgbt themselves or not, are still pro-equality.

I'd also add to the openly lgbt candidates running for office in NC during this municipal election:

Mark Kleinschmidt for Mayor

And just so that no one thinks openly lgbt candidates can't hold office in NC, I'll share below a list of a few who have. I'd also point out NC is the only southern state that doesn't have a constitutional ban on marriage equality, & we just passed in late June the Health Youth Act & Bully Bill which were both legislation Equality NC worked towards & it marked the first pro-lgbt legislation to become law in NC.

Current Openly LGBT Officials

Julia Boseman

* N.C. Senate - District 9 (elected 2005-Present)
* New Hanover County Commission (elected 2000-2004)

Mike Nelson

* Orange County Commission (elected 2006-Present)
* Carrboro Mayor (elected 1995-2005)
* Carrboro Board of Aldermen (elected 1993-1995)

Ernest Fleming

* Warren County Commission (elected 2006-Present)

Elic Senter

* Franklinton Mayor (elected 2007-Present)

Mark Kleinschmidt

* Chapel Hill City Council (elected 2001-Present)

Nancy R. Caviness

* Duck City Council (appointed, serving third term)

Lydia Lavelle

* Carrboro Board of Aldermen (elected 2007-Present)

Janet Pepin

* Boone City Council (elected 2005-Present)

Carolyn Hutchison

* Carrboro Police Chief (appointed 1998-Present)

Past Openly LGBT Officials

John Arrowood

* Court of Appeals Judge (appointed 8/2007-12/2008)
* Special Superior Court Judge (appointed 3/2007-8/2007)

Gloria Faley

* Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board (elected 1999-2003)

Scott Herman

* Cabarrus Soil & Water Conservation Board (elected 2000-2008)

Joe Herzenberg

* Chapel Hill City Council (appointed 1980-1981, elected 1987-1993)
* First openly gay elected official in North Carolina

Ray Warren

* Superior Court Judge (elected* 1994-2002)

I am happy to see all the fresh faces entering politics though. Maybe one day down the line I can think about joining them.

Thanks for that list!

They will all need our support!

Anthony D. Hall,

Fighting for Truth, Justice, Freedom and the American Way!