Get ready for the Blue Wave!

The annual Party Convention will take place Saturday, March 31 at the Steps to Hope meeting room. (Park in the Post Office lot and walk west to the room.) The Women’s Club will serve a free county breakfast at 9 am. The meeting starts at 9:30. We will be electing our delegates to the 10th District Convention and all our candidates will be on hand: Sam Edney for the NC House, David Wilson Brown for the US House, and Chris Rumfelt, Cheryl Swofford, and David Wheeler, who have a primary for NC Senate. Locally, BJ Bayne and Ronnie Smith will have a primary for County Sheriff, Pam Hyder is running unopposed for Clerk of Court and our Commissioner candidates are Ray Gasperson, Carolyn Ashburn and Chrelle Booker.

Please be there to support them and keep The Blue Wave rolling!

Primary Dates and Candidates

We have two primary races in Polk County this year. Early voting starts April 19 and runs until May 5. Election Day is May 8. Is your registration up to date? These are very important races and we hope you will become acquainted with the candidates and
VOTE for your preference.

Meet the candidates at the party Convention on March 31.
BJ Bayne and Ronnie Smith are vying to be the Democratic candidate for Polk County Sheriff. Three hopefuls are seeking to be the Dems’ candidate to replace Ralph Hise in the NC Senate: Chris Rumfelt, 48, a lawyer from Marion (, Cheryl Swofford, MD, 70, a health adviser also from Marion, and David Wheeler, 52, CEO of International Higher Education Group from Spruce Pine (


Joe Biden wants to hear from you! Please follow this link and let him know to come to NC-10 to endorse and stump for our candidate, David Wilson Brown. This is a great opportunity to have a well known and respected National Democrat throw his support for what we are trying to do: to Flip the 10th! Click here to let Joe know we need him to support David Wilson Brown:

On February 20, some of the members of the Teen Democrats of Polk County participated in a School Walkout to protest gun violence and to honor those lives lost in the Feb 14 Parkland massacre. Luke Collins created this video about the event.

In addition, the students sponsored a Voter Registration drive at the high school. They registered between 15 and 20 young people to vote! Also, some PCHS students will be attending the March for Our Lives, a march to call for an end to gun violence in schools, in Washington DC and in Asheville (more information below).

Ronnie Smith, one of our two candidates for Sheriff, will hold a Bar B Que chicken dinner Campaign Kickoff at the Harmon Field Cabin on March 24 (Saturday) at 5pm. Ronnie will introduce himself and share his vision for the Polk County Sheriff’s department.
With the challenges that will be brought to bear on our county due to the opening of the new jail, the unknown consequences of the aftermath of the World Equestrian Games to be held at TIEC, and the drug epidemic plaguing our county, this is a good opportunity to come to listen to his plans and to ask questions.

Ronnie Smith and BJ Bayne are our two Democratic candidates for sheriff. A primary will be held May 8.

News from the Women’s Club:
The Blue Wave is Building!
Join us for the next Democratic Women’s Club meeting on Monday, March 26th at 5:30 pm at the headquarters. We will be discussing a very important proposal from the executive committee about our club and discussing the upcoming annual county convention and May primary. Everyone is welcome. If you wish to join the club, dues are $10/year and are being collected now.

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar.

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC and over 800 other sites worldwide, including Asheville, Raleigh, and Greenville, to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. Several students and adults from Polk County are attending the Washington and Asheville marches. Stay tuned for a report about their experiences in our next newsletter!

Our mailing address is:

The Democratic Party of Polk County, NC

PO Box 602

Columbus, NC 28722