DNC Delegate Selection Process

March 27, 2023
Contact: Kate Frauenfelder, kate@ncdp.org

NC Democrats Announce Opening of DNC Delegate Selection Process
The North Carolina Democratic Party has opened the 2024 DNC Delegate Selection Process, a process for selecting North Carolina delegates to attend the 2024 Democratic National Convention. The full North Carolina Delegate Selection Plan, including public comment form, is available online here.

North Carolina has the 9th largest delegation in the nation, with 130 voting members. All but 14 of the delegates will be pledged to a candidate and the number allocated to each candidate is based upon the results of the “Super Tuesday” March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election.

Seventy-six (76) delegates representing each congressional district will be elected at District Conventions on April 27, 2024. Twenty-five (25) At-Large Delegates, 15 Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates, and 10 alternates will be elected at the State Convention on June 1, 2024. The remaining 14 delegates are Automatic Delegates, such as DNC members, Democratic members of Congress, and the Governor.

To become a delegate, voters must be a registered Democrat, submit a notice of candidacy, and engage with the party to actively seek support for their candidacy. Any registered Democrat is eligible to apply. The Delegate Selection Plan outlines a process for electing an equal number of men and women, with language to include North Carolina’s gender non-binary community, and includes representation goals for African-American, Hispanic, Native American, AAPI, LGBTQ+, young (under 35), senior (over 65) and veteran delegates, as well as delegates with disabilities.

The complete North Carolina Delegate Selection Plan is available here, along with information about upcoming online information sessions on the selection process.### 
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Surprising Reactions

The Pilot – Letter to the Editor, Sunday, March 11 

Anyone reading the Feb. 26 edition of The Pilot should be appalled at the article termed “Bill Aims at Pinehurst Moratorium.” The article states that state Sen. Tom McInnis filed a bill to limit Pinehurst’s ability to institute building moratoriums.

Public hearings are held to determine the fate of the town. Mayor John Strickland said they followed state laws when they adopted and did extensions on the moratoriums that were in place. The residents were not opposed, according to the mayor.

It should be noted: McInnis moved to Pinehurst from Richmond County in 2021 around the time the GOP did the remapping. McInnis talks about the district and citizens he represents and states they have been abused and that the moratorium currently in place caused him to seek an immediate relief for the citizens of Pinehurst.

The bill proposed by McInnis pertains to Pinehurst and the village. However, new limits on all local governments would not be out of the question, according to McInnis.

As I continued to read, two more articles received my attention regarding our Moore County commissioners and two incidents where anti-semitic banners were hung in Moore County.

At the Feb. 21 commissioners meeting, Chairman Nick Picerno said, “Hate has no place anywhere on any subject.” He follows that up with it “was really a Vass town issue, not so much a Moore County issue.”

Come on, man! Vass IS in Moore County, as are Cameron, Carthage and Little River.

Malcolm Hall


Advocates ‘Take Back the Bridge’ Where Anti Semitic Banner Dropped in Vass

Barbara Rothbeind, president of the Sandhills Jewish Congregation, speaks during an event organized by the Sandhills Coalition for Peace, Love and Justice on Feb. 14, 2023.

Standing on a hill near the Vass bridge where an anti semitic banner was dropped in December, Barbara Rothbeind, president of the Sandhills Jewish Congregation, said the community cannot let its “silence be a sign of complicity.”

“We do not have the luxury of time to be afraid to speak out,” she told a crowd of over 50 people, many of whom held up literal signs denouncing hate and bigotry, on Tuesday morning. “Together we are the face of Moore County and our words and deeds of love, peace, justice will be the banners that we will hang as a welcome sign to all those entering Moore County.”

Barbara Rothbeind was one of several local leaders who spoke during “Take Back the Bridge,” a demonstration organized by the Sandhills Coalition of Peace, Love and Justice. The event was both a condemnation of the white supremacy-espousing banner that was unfurled over U.S. 1 and a celebration of the Town of Vass for its swift response to the vandalism.

People hold signs denouncing hate and bigotry during an event near the Vass bridge where an anti semitic banner was dropped in December 2022.

The banner, which was emblazoned with Nazi symbols and phrases associated with white supremacist groups, was discovered as Jewish families were preparing to observe the first night of Hanukkah on Dec. 18. The following day, Vass issued a statement saying its mayor, commissioners and staff “unequivocally denounce antisemitism and hate in any form.”

“All forms of hate against any group will not be tolerated in our community,” the town said at the time. “The disgusting antisemitic sign that was hung on a bridge near Vass does not reflect the beliefs of our community. The Town of Vass will rise above this hate.”

O’Linda Watkins-McSurely, president of the Moore County NAACP, on Tuesday presented Eddie Callahan, mayor of Vass, with a plaque on behalf of the coalition in appreciation of the town’s “incredible and powerful denunciation of hateful bigotry in all its forms.”

Addressing the crowd, Callahan described Vass as a “small town built on diversity.” Issuing the statement, he said, was something “that just had to be done.”

Vass Mayor Eddie Callahan, left, with O’Linda Watkins-McSurely, president of the Moore County NAACP. Photograph by Jaymie Baxley/The Pilot

    A second banner bearing anti semitic messages was found hanging from another bridge overlooking U.S. 1 on Christmas morning. Both incidents are being investigated by the Moore County Sheriff’s Office.

    The banners were dropped amid a national uptick in anti semitic incidents. In 2021, the Anti-Defamation League tracked a record 2,717 cases of anti semitic harassment, vandalism or assault. A 2022 survey by the league found that prejudice against Jewish people had nearly doubled since 2019.

    Scene of an anti-hate demonstration in Vass. Photograph by Jaymie Baxley/The Pilot
    Anti-hate protestors in Vass. Photograph by Jaymie Baxley/The Pilot

    Tuesday’s event also included remarks from Charles Oldham, chair of the board of directors for the local LGBTQ organization Sandhills Pride. He noted that the banners were discovered mere weeks after two electrical substations in Moore County were sabotaged by intentional gunfire, leaving tens of thousands of local homes and businesses without power for days.

    No arrests have been made and police have yet to announce a potential motive for the attacks. Still, Oldham noted that similar crimes targeting the nation’s critical infrastructure have been linked to white supremacists in recent months.

    “We have to be steadfast and we have to show to the world at large that’s not who we are and it’s not something that we can accept in this community,” he said.

    O’linda Watkins-McSurely, president of the Moore County NAACP. Photograph by Jaymie Baxley/The Pilot

      Moore County residents rally against hate speech

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      Tuesday, February 14, 2023 12:51PM


      MOORE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — People in Moore County are fighting back against hate speech.

      Sandhills Coalition for Peace and Justice is hosting a gathering called “Take Back the Bridge” on Tuesday.


      Sandhills Coalition for Peace and Justice is hosting a gathering called “Take Back the Bridge” on Tuesday.

      MOORE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — People in Moore County are fighting back against hate speech.

      Sandhills Coalition for Peace and Justice is hosting a gathering called “Take Back the Bridge” on Tuesday.

      This comes after an antisemitic banner was placed on the bridge over U.S. 1 near the Town of Vass back in December.

      “What we have seen so far and the kinds of things that have made the news about Moore County is not who we are. We are a community today of peace love and justice and we want to also push back and fight back and let people know that we’re not going to tolerate it,” said Lowell Simon who is the co-founder of the coalition.

      Immediately following the incident the town mayor sent out a statement denouncing antisemitism and all forms of hate. He also spoke at today’s event.

      “The cowardliness of the people that did it to do it under the cloak of darkness and catch people by surprise it spoke volumes about the people who did it,” said Mayor Eddie Callahan.

      Sandhills Coalition says the rally is also an effort to thank the town for their actions.

      The rally took place on the northbound side of U.S. 1 between the off ramp and the highway.

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