Laptops Wanted

We’re looking for more laptops to complete a planned phone bank work space. If you have one you can donate, we will clear the hard drive and install a new operating system and software. Unusable laptops will be properly recycled. You can drop off your laptop at BCDP HQ during one of the many events scheduled there. For questions, call HQ @ 828-274-4482 or email

Activities and Events

District 3 County Commissioner Democratic Candidate Forum

When: Thu, March 29, 6pm – 8pm
Description: Each candidate will have 5 minutes to make a speech outlining their platform. We will then open the floor to Q&A from the audience. Candidates are Catori Swann, Arden, Donna Ensley, Arden, and Taylon Breeden, Leicester. We’ll provide food and drinks so you don’t miss dinner! Children are welcome, though we cannot provide childcare due to space restrictions.
Contact: Lindsey Prather,, (919) 744-6199.

Precinct 42.1 Get Out the Vote Meeting

When: Mon, April 2, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Description: Join your fellow precinct 42.1 members to discuss recent phone banking experiences. New phone lists will be distributed. We’ll meet in the Earth Fare cafeteria.
Contact: Nancee Neel at

Volunteer Lunch

When: Wed, April 4, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Description: Buncombe Democrat Volunteer Luncheon Revival, 1st Wednesday of the month, Hot Dogs catered by Anderson Davis, $5.00
Contact: Keith Thomson for more information.

11th District Meeting

When: Wed, April 4, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Description: Join Democrats from across the 11th District for our monthly meeting at Buncombe County Democratic Party HQ.
Contact: Visit or email for more info.

Progressive Democrats of Buncombe County Meeting

When: Mon, April 9, 6:15pm – 8:00pm
Description: Doors open by 6:15 for sign in and conversation. Meeting begins promptly at 6:30. We encourage candidates and motivate voters while promoting the most progressive parts of the DNC platform: campaign finance reform, clean energy policy, universal healthcare, and much more. Come join us and help to turn NC Blue!
This month, join us for a Meet & Greet of Democratic Congressional Candidates in Districts 10 and 11!
Contact: Kris Kramer at

East Asheville Cluster Meeting

When: Tue, April 10, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Description: All East Asheville precinct officers are invited to an organizational meeting at the home of one of our fellow officers, Kathy Kline.
Contact: cluster leader Janene Donovan at or 828-230-2512.

Veterans Restoration Quarters Food Service

When: Wed, April 11, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Description: BCDP has elected to help prep and serve food every second Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Three to 5 volunteers are needed each shift (we have 3 “regulars”). The residents and staff are very appreciative and the volunteers find the time spent very rewarding. Walking, standing and occasionally some lifting is required.
Contact: Ingrid Campbell,, (828) 515-2002.

District 11 Candidate Forum

When: Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm – 9:00 pm
Description: District 11 residents in Buncombe County: Join us to meet the three Democratic candidates running to defeat Mark Meadows in our district. The forum will cover a range of topics including healthcare, the economy, and gun control.
Contact: Kristen Goldsmith at

Senior Dems Monthy Meeting

When: Thu, April 12, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Description: Buncombe County Senior Dems will be meeting at 5:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month. We will have a Pot Luck so bring a covered dish.
Contact: Please RSVP to Dick Warren, 956-357-1864.

South Buncombe Candidate Meet and Greet

When: Wednesday, April 18, 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
Description: South Buncombe Cluster is hosting an opportunity to meet our candidates for office in 2018. We’ll serve light refreshments and include some time to mingle. Please join us!
RSVP: Contact Suzy Morrissey at

Democratic Women Monthly Dinner Meeting

When: Thursday, April 19, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Description: Join the Democratic Women of Buncombe Co. (DWBC) as we present a County Commissioner Forum, with candidates for the three districts. Registration 5:15 pm, dinner 5:30 pm, program begins promptly at 6:00 pm. Catered dinner: $12.00 members, $15.00 guests.
RSVP: Required for dinner. Please email

Democracy 101: BCDP Officers

Six Buncombe County Democratic Party officers are elected to two-year terms at the county convention in odd-numbered years to handle day to day operations of the party. The current officers were elected at the 2017 convention with Ellen Costanzo recently elected to fill the vacant 3rd Vice Chair. Following is a summary of their responsibilities.

Jeffrey Rose, the County Party Chair, is responsible for overall operations of the party, working to ensure Democratic victories county-wide. Denise Marecki, the 1st Vice Chair, is responsible for precinct and cluster organization, as well as Get Out The Vote (GOTV) operations for elections.
Catherine Mitchell, the 2nd Vice Chair, coordinates the county party training committee, identifying needs and developing programs to provide precinct officers with necessary training to meet their goals. Ellen Costanzo, the 3rd Vice Chair, coordinates oversight and development of county communications.
Michael Vavrek, the Secretary, maintains all records of the party, including membership and meeting minutes. Keith Thomson, the Treasurer, manages financial record-keeping and financial disclosure reporting for the county party.