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It’s one town and one election, but it was one hell of a shot in the arm for an old Democratic war horse like me.
A dedicated, sleep-deprived, over-caffeinated crew of young organizers and Appalachian State students helped sweep the Boone Town Council races for a slate of progressive, forward-looking candidates, including Andy Ball for Mayor.
This, mind you, at ground zero of the Republican Party’s voter-suppression campaign.
I was there Tuesday night to watch them celebrate their win. I take special pride because our daughter, Maggie, is one of the crew (and she’s the new finance director of the Watauga County Democratic Party!) She was one of an impressive band of brothers and sisters who did the hard, time-consuming and often-thankless work of turning out voters.
They were led by two brilliant young organizers, Jesse Allen Presnell and Ian O’Keefe. They brought together young and young-at-heart warriors, including wise vets like Jerry Wayne Williamson.
If anybody doubts the future of North Carolina Democrats, go to Boone.


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2 comments on “Boone on the Rise

  1. Choo says:

    Makes one wonder that with this many progressives in one town, will they be able to over throw the state law known as ( stop illegal voters ) while not having a voice in the state legislature. Perhaps their time would be better spent getting picture ID’s for the real legal voters.

  2. Chris says:

    Of course, this narrative only works if the GOP efforts to bring some sanity to the NC election system really are an attempt as “voter suppression.” If they’re just an effort to try to put some integrity into our voting system, then it’s just a win by Democrats.

    Of course, a sweep by Democrats, especially those who identify as “progressives” (i.e. re-branded liberals) means that those Democrats will probably over-reach and then they’ll be in the same position that the GOP is at the state level.

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