Preparing for the Primary

This past Saturday, thousands marched in the student-lead March for Our Lives in Asheville. I am not at all surprised to see the youth of our county leading at this pivotal time in our nation’s history, and I am incredibly thankful we can follow their example to create the North Carolina they want to see.

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of you joined us for our annual County Convention at Enka High School. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with registration, counted delegates, set up the room up, and stayed late to clean up, our convention was a huge success. We elected hundreds of delegates to represent us at the district and state conventions, elected Ellen Costanzo as our new Third Vice Chair, and elected Pat Deck and Kirk Vandersall to represent us on the District 48 Executive Committee.

We also approved over 80 resolutions covering issues and policy proposals from Buncombe County’s precincts, after some spirited debate and discussion. Once all our edits are compiled, we’ll post the final list of resolutions on the website.


Convention attendees also heard from many of the Democratic candidates running this year. From congress to county commission, candidates for each office introduced themselves to the crowd and spoke about issues important to all of us. We’re fortunate to have so many great candidates this year – make sure you attend some of our upcoming candidate forums to learn more about them.

You can find out more information about each candidate at our 2018 candidates page.

Next Steps

We have set a goal of 30% primary turnout for May – double what we normally see in midterm primaries. We know that when more people turn out to vote, Democrats win.

This strong turnout will send a message to Republicans that Democrats in Buncombe are ready to vote. Just like Democrats did in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Alabama, we need to educate voters about our candidates and help get them to the polls.

Your local party depends entirely on donations from members like you so we can print literature for canvassers, host events in your communities, and use social media to support our candidates for office. Can you contribute today to help your local Democratic party put Democrats back in control of our state? Click here to donate today.

In addition to helping candidates you support, please volunteer with your precinct, cluster, or an auxiliary to educate voters. Participate in a voter registration drive, talk to your precinct or cluster chair about canvassing or phone banking, and spread the word about the primary to everyone in your network. Sign up as a county party volunteer so we can connect you with more opportunities you want to be a part of, and watch for our weekly emails about upcoming events.

Thank You

Volunteers are the core of everthing we do as the Buncombe County Democratic Party. Your energy powers our candidates, your ideas shape our community, and your enthusiasm inspires your neighbors to become involved.

Thank you for everything you do to support our community, our candidates, and our elected officials.


Jeffrey Rose, BCDP Chair