Welcome to Carteret County Democratic Party site. We are your neighbors and have the same concerns as you do: a quality education for our young people, affordable healthcare for everyone, jobs with a living wage, and keeping our coast healthy, beautiful, and free from drilling. We work to ensure that all our voices are heard locally as well as at the state and national level. As Democrats, we are traditionally the ‘big tent’ party that welcomes everyone regardless of who you are. All North Carolinians should have a fair shot at a good life, regardless of their background, where they came from, how much money they have, or who they love. This is something we believe in and need to continually reaffirm in practice. You can read our platform here.

Our Carolina Promise

Carteret Democrats want to build an NC where everyone can be successful. That’s why we promise to fight for

✅ our schools

✅ our jobs

✅ our health and safety

✅ and our people

North Carolina Democrats from the mountains to the coast are united in strengthening the Tar Heel state. From our schools and our health to our jobs and our people, this is Our Carolina Promise.



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July 21, 2018
Contact: Robert Howard, RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org

NCDP Statement on Proposed New Legislative Session

Raleigh – North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin released the following statement after new reports that Republican leaders are debating a new legislative session:
“With nearly 100 days left until an election that’s increasingly looking like the toughest election they’ve ever faced, Republicans are tearing down whatever shreds of democracy they can find to further rig the system in their favor and mislead voters about their constitutional amendments.”

ICYMI: Democratic Challengers Outraising Republican Incumbents Across the State
Republican money woes don’t stop at the party…

Raleigh – North Carolina Democrats have a $4.5 million cash-on-hand advantage over the NC GOP. But according to a new analysis from the News & Observer, Republicans’ money problems don’t stop there.
Republican incumbents – with donor bases, email lists, contacts, and campaign infrastructures – from all over the state are being outraised by Democratic challengers, some with eye-popping numbers. These fundraising totals are impressive for several reasons:

  • Wave Watch: More grassroots donations to candidates is a sign wave is building and that the momentum is with Democrats.
  • Growing Battlefield: Incumbents in the mountains, on the coast, in the suburbs, and in rural NC were outraised, meaning the number of districts Republicans must defend is getting bigger.
  • GOP Stretched Thin: Republicans like to tout how GOP leaders Berger and Moore can bridge the money gap between the parties. Besides the fact that they can’t – NCDP has $5.8 million while NC GOP, Berger, and Moore combined have $4 million – they’ll have a tough choice on their hands: stretch resources thin and risk getting overwhelmed everywhere or surrender some members and to compete elsewhere.

No matter how you slice it, Republicans are starting the toughest election they’ve ever faced – with Democratic challengers in every single district – without the resources to overcome the political headwinds.
News & Observer: Which NC districts might flip? These 10 Democrats have more cash than GOP incumbents.
By Andy Specht
July 19, 2018
If money talked, it might tell some incumbent Republican legislators to watch their backs.
Each of the 170 state House and Senate seats are up for election. If Democrats pick up either four House seats or six Senate seats in the November election, they’ll break the Republican supermajority — meaning Republicans will be less likely to override the vetoes of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.
Campaign finance reports show that, in several key races, incumbent Republicans have far less money than their Democratic challengers.
Individual candidate reports aren’t harbingers of victory. Candidates often receive financial support from their party and from other political groups. But individual fundraising figures can indicate who donors believe in, and who has momentum as November nears.

Robert Howard, spokesman for the N.C. Democratic Party, noted that incumbents usually have more email addresses, social media followers and donors than challengers do. That’s why it’s impressive that Democrats have out-raised Republicans in so many districts, he said.
“This fundraising disparity is happening everywhere — the coast, the suburbs, the mountains — meaning the battlefield is growing bigger not smaller,” Howard said in an email. “With more than 100 seats to hold and members not carrying their weight, Republican leaders are going to be stretched thin, and quickly.”

Read the full article online here.


July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018
Contact: Robert Howard, RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org
Thom Tillis Among Top Members of Congress to Benefit from NRA’s Political Spending
An old report sheds light on deeper connections to the NRA after bombshell report raises questions about campaign violations

Raleigh – Over the weekend, we learned that Thom Tillis may have illegally coordinated campaign strategy with the NRA in 2014 through a common vendor. Tillis’ ad maker, OnMessage, created an apparent shell company with the same employees, corporate officers, addresses, and top executives as OnMessage. That shell company’s only client? The NRA.

Tillis has been tight-lipped about the controversy, but back in 2015, Tillis was singing the praises of the NRA, writing that the group “helped tip the scales” in his favor and credited them for his 2014 victory.
A different look back, to a report from earlier this year, shows the extent of Tillis and the NRA’s connections. According to the Charlotte Observer, only three members of Congress have benefited more than Tillis from the NRA’s political spending:

Only one of the 535 members of Congress has gotten more help from the NRA than Republican Sen. Richard Burr, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Only three, including Burr, got more than GOP Sen. Thom Tillis.
And Tillis has gotten $4.5 million in help, including independent expenditures against his 2014 opponent, then-incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan.
In both years North Carolina was a key in the battle for the U.S. Senate. The Tillis-Hagan race saw more than $100 million in spending, making it at the time the most expensive congressional race ever.

Much like how Tillis refused to give the public straight answers on his campaigns involvement with the shady GOP data firm Cambridge Analytica, Tillis has refused to answer questions about this new bombshell report.
Tillis benefited more from NRA money than all but three members of Congress, and according to this weekend’s report, much of it may have been illegal. Tillis needs to be straight with the public about his 2014 campaign.

“Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and there’s quiet a bit of smoke coming from Thom Tillis’ 2014 campaign over the past several months,” said NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds. “North Carolinians deserve answers about Tillis’ shadowy campaign activities and they deserve them now.”


July 17, 2018

July 17, 2018
Contact: Robert Howard, RobertHoward@ncdemocraticparty.org
Tillis Believes Potentially Illegal NRA Advertising “Helped Tip The Scales” In His Favor
Tillis’ 2015 love letter to the NRA speaks volumes as questions mount about illegal coordination between Tillis and NRA

Raleigh – A bombshell Politico report has uncovered potential illegal coordination between Thom Tillis’ campaign, their ad maker and the NRA in 2014. Now, according to WRAL the Campaign Legal Center has filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against the NRA on the matter. This is the second FEC complaint in the last several months that involves the appearance of illegal campaign activity on the part of Tillis in 2014.
Federal elections laws prohibit outside groups that are spending on a particular campaign to coordinate with that campaign or any of its vendors. The Politico story revealed that Tillis’ ad maker was also making ads for the NRA’s independent expenditure effort in North Carolina without any evidence of a firewall between the two accounts.
Tillis’ 2014 campaign manager now works for the ad maker in question. He, Tillis and Tillis’ office are being tight-lipped about the matter now, but back in 2015, Tillis was overflowing with praise for the NRA in crediting them for his 2014 victory. Consider the following excerpts from an op-ed Tillis penned for the Washington Times in May 2015 titled “How the NRA made a difference in North Carolina”:

I know firsthand about the power of the NRA grass roots after receiving the NRA Political Victory Fund’s endorsement in April 2014, which came at a critical time, just weeks before the hotly contested Republican Senate primary. From that moment on, countless North Carolinians approached me on the campaign trail to tell me that I had their votes for one simple reason: my proven record of advancing Second Amendment rights. The reason they knew about my record was because of the NRA‘S peerless grass-roots mobilization, which quickly got the word out and ultimately helped tip the scales for my campaign.

My Democratic opponent had Bloomberg in her corner, but I had the advantage because I had the NRA behind me. Public records show the NRA spent $4.4 million in North Carolina outlining the differences on the Second Amendment, and every penny mattered. The fliers in gun shops, the postcards to gun owners, the TV ads, the Internet ads — they all mattered.

I, like millions of other Americans, am grateful for the tremendous effort and resources the NRA devotes to winning elections and its unwavering determination in stopping the attempts of unelected bureaucrats and out-of-the-mainstream liberal politicians to implement gun control laws that infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens.

“Thom Tillis clearly believes the NRA was the deciding factor in his 2014 election and he’s had no problem lavishing the group with praise for their election activities, but now that it appears there may have been illegal coordination Tillis is nowhere to be found,” said NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds.“Shadowy, illegal campaign activity is becoming a pattern for Thom Tillis, and he owes North Carolinians some answers about this very serious allegation.”

march calendar

Mark Your Calendars!


Meets at Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, Morehead City meeting at Morehead Parks and Recreation.

Meets at Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, Morehead City. Facebook for more info.

Meets at Webb Library (piano room), Morehead City. Join us. Cool stuff happening.

Call 252-732-0284 or email Cindy Wear  for information.

Gerald Godette Website

Meet at the Webb Library, Morehead City.This is a monthly meeting of individuals who want to express Democratic opinions in the local and state newspapers.

When: Mon, August 6, 6pm – 7pm
Where: Webb Library, Carteret County (map)
Description: Our Revolution Carteret is a formal chapter of the national Our Revolution organization and is composed of progressives who believe the best way to make change is to work within the Democratic Party. All are invited regardless of voter affiliation.

Meets at Courthouse in Beaufort. Agenda, Minutes, Video.

Meets at Morehead Parks and Recreation.

Meets at Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, Morehead City meeting at Morehead Parks and Recreation.

Meets at Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, Morehead City. Facebook for more info.

Tue, August 28, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
WhereNo Name Pizza, 5218 Hwy 70 W, Morehead City, NC 28557, United States (map)
DescriptionEach month there is a special guest speaker. Dutch treat social at 5:30pm, meeting begins at 6pm.
Thu, August 9, 5pm – 7pm
Where: To Be Announced
DescriptionMonthly social goes from 5-7 on the Second Thursday of each month. 

2nd Saturday Breakfast Meeting

When:  Sat, August 11, 8:30am – 11:00am
Where: Golden Corral, 4060 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC (map)
What: Dutch treat breakfast social at 8:30, meeting at 9:00 am.

Speaker: Nina Turner

Additional Speakers: Local candidates endorsed by Our Revolution

All systems are a go for our 2018 SUMMER RALLY FOR CHANGE at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets to the event you may do so at this link: 

Buy Tickets Here

Sponsor Here

If you are unable to attend the rally but would like to help offset some of the cost, you can donate to OUR REVOLUTION Carteret County at the following link:


Please pass these links on to friends, family, other progressives, or people with just a lot of money to help us turn the North Carolina General Assembly Blue!

Unless you have been in a coma for the past year you know that our county, State, and Nation are going to hell in a hand basket.  This is not the time to get mad or depressed – it’s time to get involved and active.  WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE A CHANGE!

You Are Invited

to dedicate and to celebrate

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park

10th Street and Arendell

Morehead City

(behind the train depot)


Tuesday August 21, 2018 6-7pm

You are cordially invited to
The League of Women Voters
of Carteret County
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2018 Woman of the Year Award Luncheon
Celebrating Women’s Equality Day
Thursday, August 23rd
11:45 am- 1:30 pm.
Crystal Coast Country Club
152 Oakleaf Drive
Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Guest Speaker-Dr. Lin Logan, Ms, PhD LWV Dare County   
Tickets- $25.00- includes lunch and beverage (tea or coffee)
RSVP to: jreneehawthorne@earthlink.net by August 10th
(can pay at door or mail check to: LWVCC, PO Box 2181, Beaufort, NC 28516)

Carteret County Democratic Party Bulletin Board  

Read Pricey’s Newsletter July 16, 2018 to stay on top of the comings and goings of NC General Assembly

The 14th Amendment established new definitions of citizenship and equality in the U.S. Constitution. This process began with the self-emancipation of African Americans in New Bern during the Civil War. Come meet New Bern residents Ben Watford of the James City Historical Society and constitutional scholar Linda Monk as they discuss the creation and meaning of “equal protection of the law,” from the 1860s to the present.

Ben Watford is president of the James City Historical Society, which honors the past and current members of the James City community in New Bern. James City was founded by thousands of enslaved African Americans, who emancipated themselves when the Union Army captured New Bern in 1862. The Society also maintains the graves of more than 700 people who died there.

Linda R. Monk, J.D., is a constitutional scholar, journalist, and award-winning author. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she served as a Visiting Scholar at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and has consulted for museums in Chicago, Virginia, and Washington, DC.  For more than 25 years, she has written commentary for newspapers nationwide, and she has appeared on television and radio. She served on the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, and she has conducted seminars for such groups as the Pentagon, National Archives, Fulbright Scholars, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Her most recent book, The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide (5th edition, 2018), explores the history and current meaning of the Bill of Rights, with a foreword by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The book also examines the 14th Amendment, which extended new rights of equality to all. The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for public education about the law.

Each attendee will receive a signed copy of The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide.

The Craven County Democratic Party is honored to present this educational event for the New Bern community.

Canvassers Needed to Help Get Our Candidates Elected!

Now is the time to pull together as a team to help elect our candidates. We have been out in the wilderness for far too long; if we can’t bring the blue wave THIS election, our outlook for the future will be bleak.

I hope you are asking “What can I do?” Many wonderful people have stepped up to take GOTV leadership roles, along with volunteers to write letters, make phone calls, and canvass. Our letter writers are meeting (and some are exceeding!) our goal and the phone bankers have already called over 1,000 people!

We are falling short on people to canvass. We are covering the entire county—from Cedar Island to Cape Carteret/Cedar Point—which has not been done in recent memory. As you can imagine, it requires more effort. Here are our holes in the county right now for canvassing:

  • MHC-1
  • MHC-3
  • Indian Beach/Salter Path
  • Pine Knoll Shores
  • Emerald Isle
  • Wildwood

If you and a friend(s) would step up and help, it will go a long way in supporting our candidates. We have the materials and the lists; we are missing the LEGS to spend a few days to complete the county. Ideally we will complete the first “touch” during July/mid August. There will be one more touch starting in Septmeber and run through election day to get every single vote out possible.

Contact Renee Hawthorne at jreneehawthorne@earthlink.net to get the details. You will not be sorry; I promise!

Help Fund a 2018 Carteret County Democratic Headquarters

Please help fund a headquarters for our volunteers to meet, train, and execute our GOTV plan through the 2018 election. We have received generous donations and raised money from fundraising events but  we are still short $3500. We are making progress but we need you  to make up the difference. Please click HERE to donate!

We also need a HQ Manager whose main job is to schedule our volunteers to work in our headquarters. We have a robust list of volunteers who may be interested in pulling shifts; the HQ Manager would be responsible for scheduling the shifts. Please send an email to CarteretDemocrats@gmail.com to let us know if you are interested or know someone who may be.

4th of July Parade 2018

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