CCDP Standing Committees

Standing Committees are permanent committees, and are delegated responsibilities by the Executive Board. Each committee includes a Board member, that reports to the Board at their monthly meeting.  

Finance Committee

The duties of the Finance Committee (FC) include budgeting, financial recordkeeping and oversight of fundraising campaigns and events. The committee will provide financial guidance to the Fundraising committee. The committee is led by the CCDP Treasurer, and supported by up to two additional members who are knowledgeable financial managers. The committee reports to the Executive Board at the monthly board meeting. 

Membership is open. Estimated time requirement is about an hour per month to meet with CCDP treasurer to conduct routine business with additional time needed during budget development or any special projects the Finance Committee decides to undertake. If finance and/or budgeting is interesting to you then please contact our Finance Committee to discuss how you would like to contribute.

Current members: Jimmy Bond (lead)

Fund Raising Committee

The work of the Fundraising Committee of the Carteret County Democratic Party supports the Democratic candidates in our county, our Get Out the Vote efforts, and keeps open the doors of our magnetic, highly visible office in Morehead City.

 This pandemic has changed the way every organization raises funds for good work and we have had to postpone and cancel fundraising events, and close access to the office.

Nonetheless, Party work and planning continues. Additionally, our fundraising committee members, our candidates, and other Democratic volunteers are involved in efforts to support County residents during this time, providing food, shelter, and access to resources.

 A question was raised by Geraldine Brooks in a recent discussion of her book about a village during the bubonic plague, The Year of Wonders; Are we willing to be our best selves or will be our worst selves during this pandemic? Democrats are showing their best selves as we face an unsure future.

One thing we do know: There will be an election in November and it is critical that we shift the balance of power, in both our county and our country.

You can help keep the Party’s efforts stay strong as we move closer to this election. Please consider making a monthly contribution of $10 or more through ActBlue on our website. See the donate button on the bottom of the home page. It’s easy!

Thank you so much, 

Current members: Catherine Elkins, Mary Anna Newman, Wendy Boss, Amy Voorhees, Adeline Talbot, Vickie Zangwill

Voter Outreach 

The Voter Outreach Committee is tasked with ensuring our Party leaders and the electorate understand local, state, and national concerns, as well as candidate and ballot issues. The committee will reach out to various experts in order to promote awareness and understanding of issues relative to political matters. The committee will include engagement of precinct officers to aid in the identification of local community needs and issues, in order to inform candidates and identify the need for new initiatives. The Committee will oversee ad hoc committees engaged in GOTV, Voter rights and voter identification activities. 

The committee coordinates with the Executive Board and Executive Committee to provide speakers for routine Party meetings, as well as for any special events. It works with the Finance and Philanthropy committees for financing requirements. The Voter Outreach Committee reports to the Executive Board at the monthly board meeting.

If outreach is interesting to you then please contact Voter Outreach to join us.

Current members: Jim Sakell (lead), Lucy Bond, Colleen Thomas, Sue Schurer, Rhonda Sakell, Kate Tate, Karen Baggott, Yolanda Lozano

Young Democrats and Communications Committee

The Young Democrats and Communications Committee is tasked with growing a Young Democrats program in Carteret County as well as maintaining all CCDP communications. Their mission is to facilitate opportunities for youth engagement, train the next generation of progressive leaders, harness the power of youth, and strengthen the social media presence of the CCDP as it is the future of politics. It also includes press releases, mass emails, and all forms of contact with the media.

If you are a young democrat, age 35 and below, and/or interested in communications please contact Autumn Gillikin at Young Democrats

Current members: Autumn Gillikin (lead), Katie Tomberlin

Technology and Data Committee

The Technology and Data Committee (TDC) is responsible for maintaining the website. The committee will consolidate and organize information to ensure the data is usable, accessible, and able to support all facets of the CCDP. Data developed by standing and ad hoc committees will be provided to TDC for consolidation and centralized management.

The committee will explore new outreach tools via Vote Builder, and other technologies, that will facilitate communication and community activism, as well as ensure a Vote Builder data entry process is in place and maintained.  The Technology Committee will coordinate with standing committees, ad hoc committees, initiative leaders, and the Vote Builder Administrator to ensure adequate and consistent support.  The committee will report to the Board.

If technology and data are interesting to you then please contact our Technology and Data Committee to join us. 

Current members: Jay Riebesehl (lead), Katie Tomberlin, Bob Semple, Maria Semple

Volunteer Management Committee

The Volunteer Management Committee will create a robust volunteer organization that will address all recruitment, sustainment, requirements, and training of volunteers. The committee will report directly to the Board to ensure there is a centralized effort with decentralized execution. The intent is to foster and energize the volunteer experience, maximizing CCDP effectiveness on an ongoing basis. The committee will include engagement of precinct officers to support growing the volunteer organization. The committee will employ new approaches to outreach that include consideration of skills, leadership, and varied opportunities that will help create a more sustainable volunteer force.

The committee will leverage existing training programs and materials to build on the successful training efforts the CCDP has been employing.  The Committee will explore developing a cadre of ambassadors that represent various communities; such as teachers, minorities, youth, families, churches, and nonpartisan groups; with the intent of both expanding Democratic influence, and broadening CCDP’s understanding of community concerns.

The committee reports to the Executive Board at the monthly board meeting.

If volunteer management is interesting to you then please contact our Volunteer Management Committee to join us.

Current members: Jim Sakell (lead), Sue Schurer, Helen Sullivan

Ad hoc Committees

Ad hoc committees are formed for a limited period of time, until they have fulfilled their purpose.  The committee may be dissolved upon completion of its objectives, or in the case of GOTV or the Candidate Committee, it may continue to exist in a ‘standby’ mode for activation during the pre-election or election season. Some committees such as the Headquarters Committee may be stood up as ad hoc and then progress to standing committee if the need becomes permanent. High value committees may be formed for special efforts, such as Voter ID and voter rights needs. The expectation is that all committees will coordinate as required and/or as needed to avoid redundant efforts.  Communication is critical to CCDP strategic success. Additionally the expectation is that volunteers will find areas of interest in which they can bring expertise, energy and talent to CCDP efforts in ways that may be new and creative.

If you think you might like to participate in short term efforts as part of an ad hoc committee, please contact our Adhoc Committee to discuss how you would like to contribute.

Headquarters Committee

The Headquarters Committee provides oversight, staffing, staffing schedules and ensures the smooth operation of the headquarters. We have a 1100 square foot space at 700 Arendell Street in Morehead City. This is a chance for our Party to have a place to provide a warm and welcoming presence in Carteret as we work to make Democratic values real for our neighbors and our country.

Contact email: Headquarters Committee

Current members are: Vickie Zangwill (Lead), Amy Voorhees, Sue Schurer, Yolanda Lozano, Susan Johnson, Phyllis Schrader, Jim Sakell, Rhonda Sakell, Tim Buck, Lucy Bond, Jimmy Bond, Catherine Elkins, Janet Woodward, Jocelyn Montford, Debbie Starliper

Nominating Committee

Nominating Committee – looks for a slate of Board members during Board election years or in the case of Board members stepping down

Candidate Committee

Candidate Committee – looks for a slate of candidates and trains candidates during election cycles