At the Stanly County Democratic Convention on Saturday afternoon at New London Memorial Park, candidates vying for various races met with around 40 supporters to explain why they should be elected in November.
Todd Lowder, the Stanly County Chief Magistrate who has been involved in law enforcement and the courts for more than 30 years, is running for Superior Court Clerk, hoping to replace the incumbent longtime Michael Huneycutt, who will not seek another term.
He is one of two local Democrats on the ballot, the other being Sheriff nominee Davara Ponds. Three Republicans are competing in the primary to run against Lowder in November.
Lowder spoke about the importance of needing more Democrats to compete with Republicans. With about 9,000 registered Democrats in the county, the party represents about 21% of all registered voters, according to state voting data.
“It’s an uphill battle for me and it’s too bad there aren’t more Democrats on the ticket,” he said. “We should put someone on the ballot for every position.”
His campaign will be bipartisan in at least one respect: his wife, who was in attendance at the convention, is a registered Republican.
Tangela Morgan, a North Stanly High School alum now residing in Rowan County, is running for North Carolina Senate District 33, where she is competing against Republican incumbent Carl Ford, who is seeking his third term . She is a guidance counselor at Salisbury High School.
She told the crowd that she was the best candidate to represent the citizens of Stanly and Rowan counties because she could relate to them.
“I think I’m more in tune with the population that the post serves,” she said. “I grew up here so I have roots in Stanly County and now call Rowan County home.”
She mentioned that a thriving community for her is one where its residents are healthy, educated and employed.
The most prominent candidate among the candidates who spoke was former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, who is running for the US Senate. If she were to win, she would go down in history as North Carolina’s first black female senator.
Beasley said the Senate race in North Carolina is one of the three most important races in the country and could tip the balance of power for which party wins. Several Republicans are vying to win the primary and campaign against Beasley, including former Governor Pat McCrory and U.S. Representatives Ted Budd and Mark Walker.
“I’ve seen how Washington has failed the people of North Carolina and I know it’s time for that to change,” Beasley said. “We need someone in Washington who is not afraid to stand up for what is right, who will lead courageously and who will stand up for the issues we care about in North Carolina.”
Among the issues she is concerned about are better access to health care, good education, reliable high-speed internet, especially in rural areas, and support for the military, especially those deployed in disaster-stricken areas. conflicts.
The Stanly County Democratic Party has been working to broaden its voter base ahead of the May primary election. Party officials made volunteer phone calls to households trying to target unregistered Democratic voters, Stanly County Democratic Party Chairman Kevin Taylor told the crowd, adding that 33 email campaigns were sent out. to 1,600 people.
While Democrats have always struggled to win in Stanly County, Taylor still holds out hope for this year.
“With politics, you never know,” he said. “If we knew, we wouldn’t need elections.”
The Stanly County Republican Convention will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Stanly County Commons, 1000 N. 1st St., Albemarle.