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  • published Talking Zoning in Why Zoning Matters 2015-03-15 10:52:15 -0400

    Talking Zoning


    Let the BOC know that you are in support of countywide zoning with an interim zoning measure that would later be adapted to an updated comprehensive land-use plan and map. This zoning would exempt agriculture and the related agricultural businesses that might exist on a family farm. A public process to identify and list agricultural uses will be needed. Additionally, this zoning would exempt minor and family subdivisions, and would grandfather commercial and industrial uses that are already in existence. Owners of a farm or property currently in agricultural or residential use that choose to convert the property to a major residential development or a commercial or industrial use (not related to the agricultural use) would have to seek a zoning change, and that process would require community input and hearing.

    Note that of the 100 counties in North Carolina, only 23 are unzoned.

    It is particularly important for those in the unzoned areas to speak out! Ask for an updated comprehensive Land-Use Plan and Map:

    The county presently has a Land-Use Plan that was adopted in 2001. It is basically a very good guideline, and was developed with much public input. The findings and goals of the plan are still relevant; however, much has changed since 2001, and the current growth patterns and projected development necessitate an update. It is also clear that Chatham County is diverse in land uses, and a one-size-fits-all may not be appropriate at this time.

    The primary defect of the existing plan is the absence of a land-use map to accompany the written text. Without such a map, planning staff and officials do not have a framework for governing land uses. This results in ad hoc and haphazard development.

    Chatham has a chance to get planning right. We are hopeful that we will!     PDF of Talking Points

    Why Zoning Now

    1. Protect Your Property
      Chatham has recently been assaulted undesirable uses in unzoned areas. This includes 3 quarries and a shooting range this year. Our close proximity to Wake, Orange and Durham counties invites further exploitation of Chatham as a dumping ground.
    2. Degraded Environment
      Without modern land use controls environmental damage from oil and gas fracking and coal ash disposal will be exacerbated. There are currently 12 open pits in the unzoned area vulnerable to coal ash disposal.
    3. Agricultural Protection
      The strong urbanization of Chatham, which is upon us, will threaten our growing agricultural community. This intrusion of development will inevitably cause conflicts with the farm community.
    4. Jobs
      Recent economic proposals such as Chatham Park, the Siler City Megasite, and the Moncure Megasite will provide jobs and prosperity to our community. Good investment requires that adjacent sites be compatible neighbors. Uncontrolled land use leaves this to chance.
    5. Wise Investment
      Infrastructure investment in schools and utilities needs to be planned so that taxpayer funds are not wasted. It is projected that a new school will need to be constructed every two years. A look at school overcrowding in neighbor counties is a clear warning that a wise response to growth is very necessary if we value education.
    6. Quality of Life
      People move to Chatham to enjoy the quality of this place we call home. Protection and preservation of our way of life be it urban, suburban, or rural needs to be consistent with our citizen’s vision.

    “The land will care for you, if you care for it.” Thomas Berry


  • published Fleet Reddish Tickets 2015 in 2015 Fleet Reddish 2015-03-03 23:33:57 -0500

    Fleet Reddish Tickets

    We're looking forward to seeing you at Fleet Reddish!

    Single Tickets are $40 each.

    Other Opportunities:

    Table Sponsor $1000 -    10 tickets, Table Sign, Program Listing

    Roosevelt Patron $500 -  3 tickets, Program Listing

    Kennedy Patron $250 -    2 Tickets, Program Listing

    Carter Patron $125  -       1 Ticket, Program Listing


  • published CCDP Resources in About 2015-02-27 20:16:23 -0500

  • published Voter Registration & ID's in Get Involved 2015-02-22 18:48:04 -0500

    Voter Registration & ID's

    Voter Registration and ID Committee Gearing Up!

    powerofonevote.jpgIn the last 72 hours of the 2013 General Assembly, NC legislators passed a 56-page bill that changes how, when, and where voters can cast ballots and also changes the limits and disclosure requirements for political donors.  A new analysis by Democracy NC shows that election law changes, confusion, and poor preparation may have blocked as many as 50,000 voters.  Chatham has a proud history of high voter turnout – we must not let this law prevent Chatham voters from exercising their constitutional right to vote.

    Under the leadership of Del Turner, the Voter Registration/Voter ID Committee will address this challenge in our county.  You can be a part of this important work-- or perhaps you know friends who would be interested in helping – let them know about this opportunity.

    Volunteers are needed to call voters, assist with filling out forms, and provide transportation to get ID’s.  Voter Registration will begin the first week in April and continue through the year with a break in August.  Volunteer for the amount of time you can – every hour helps.

    Email Del Turner to find out more or volunteer.



  • donated 2016-07-29 11:47:53 -0400

    Donate to the CCDP

    $27,397.35 raised
    GOAL: $50,000.00

    If you would like to make a recurring donation Click Here.

    Use this mail-in form if you prefer to send us your gift by check. Send it to CCDP, PO Box 1118, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

    As you may already know, Chatham County has the distinction of being the most politically active county in N.C. We have produced the largest percentages of voter turnout over the past four election cycles, including mid-term elections. We do this by actively engaging our talented democratic constituency, people like you.

    Your donations are critical to this success as they provide the funds that we need for our basic operations as well as campaign expenses. We are good stewards of your investment. Our success in 2014 – winning all local races – demonstrates our effectiveness.

    2015 is a critical year in which to build our capacity to win in 2016. Please do your part to help by making a donation.

    We welcome and appreciate any donation amount and contribution method you are comfortable with. Your valuable donation will be used to pay for a variety of CCDP expenses, including:

    • CCDP Office
    • Training for precinct committee members and candidates
    • Postage
    • Communications materials including: Brochure, letter, newspaper, envelopes and door hanger design
    • Website maintenance and social media tools
    • Radio advertising, candidate road signs, bumper stickers, etc.
    • Canvassing and poll greeter supplies and sample ballots.
    • Community and Precinct meetings and events to Educate, Engage, Empower and Energize our voters!

  • published Precinct Officers in About 2014-01-29 20:49:20 -0500

    Precinct Officers

    Precinct Officials are elected every two years at precinct meetings held in the first quarter of the year before the County Convention. 

    Precinct Chair Vice Chair
    Albright Elizabeth Cox  Karen Mallam
    Bennett Vacant Vacant
    Bonlee Vacant Vacant
    Bynum Karl Kachergis Anna-Rhesa Kallam
    East Siler City Jessie Scotten Andrea Deyrup
    East Williams Mike Kalt Natalie Herr
    Goldston Maria Correa Gutierrez Christopher Johnson
    Hadley David Freeman Mary Honeycutt
    Harpers Crossroads Rebecca Loflin Margaret Serenari
    Hickory Mountain Marlena Brokob Matthew Stark
    Manns Chapel Michelle Colbert Michael Strong
    New Hope Sheila Thompson Eric Olbrich
    North Williams Jennie DeLoach Patricia Brown
    Oakland Jon Spoon Steven Maynor
    Pittsboro Charles Gardner Beverly Bland
    Three Rivers Vacant Vacant
    West Siler City Louis Forrisi Travis Patterson
    West Williams Meyer Liberman Edith Salmony


    Chatham Voting Precincts

    (Click on the map for a full-screen image.)

    To find your precinct and polling place enter your address at the link below -




  • published Home 2014-01-03 17:08:52 -0500

    Welcome to the Chatham County Democratic Party



    Join us in Greensboro! 

    May 20th

    Registration 9 AM

    Convention 10 AM - 1 PM

    Craft Recreation Center

    3911 Yanceyville St.

    Greensboro, NC 27405


    Out of Reach

    The Lives of Undocumented Immigrants

    May 23, 2017

    6 pm

    CCDP 2017 Movies 

    More info & RSVP


    The dust on the 2016 election is beginning to settle. We are tired, bruised, shocked and angry. (I am sure there are more adjectives you can add.)

    Thank you to all who helped the Chatham County Democratic Party succeed. Our county performed brilliantly. Your donations, time, dedicated work, and energy made the difference. We have much to be proud of.

    I want to specifically thank a few individuals out of the very many: Erika Lindemann for her service and comradery without which this election would have been much more taxing; Sheila Beaudry, Chris Kaman, our CCDP treasurer Linda Batley and the Siler City office team: Karen Mallam, Elizabeth Cox, Jesse Scotton and Lou Forrissi.

    For us the election is bittersweet. Every democrat on the ballot in Chatham won the vote in our county. Our turnout was spectacular and as always among the highest in the state. At the local level all races were won by Democrats. We were blessed with great candidates – even in the one race in which two democrats were running against one another both were stellar candidates.

    At the state level we did not get the sweeping victory that we have dreamed of for the past four years. But there are positive results:

    • Roy Cooper is on track to being elected Governor and replacing a Republican incumbent.
    • With a new Democratic Governor, the state and county boards of elections will be controlled by Democrats.  
    • The NC Supreme Court has Judge Mike Morgan as Chief Justice, and the balance of power on the NC Supreme Court has changed.
    • Democrats won county commission seats across the state and split or flipped two that were Republican held
    • We gained seats in the General Assembly
    • Josh Stein is elected Attorney General 
    • Beth Wood is reelected
    • Elaine Marshal is reelected 

    Our shared disappointment at the congressional, senatorial and presidential results is beyond describing.

    But what now?

    After we mourn and rest, we must not follow the pattern of the past. Our county party Secretary has commented on how I move quickly from focusing on a mistake or bad outcome to “What is the solution?” There are already many articles pointing to the culprits who brought this disaster upon us. Finger pointing is not helpful. What has been the status quo at the state and national level for our party no longer serves us. We must walk a new path.

    In Chatham, historically our volunteers and voters have returned to their lives after the election, forgetting about the county and state party “machine.” They often ignore the mid-term elections, where there is no presidential race to generate excitement. 

    Your state and your country require more of all of us at this time. If you want a different outcome, you must change what you do.

    Candidate campaigns are exciting, and people passionately work for candidates. But without a strong state and local party to work year round, we cannot win the majorities we need to impact policy and legislation. 

    Politics is a cycle, and the gains are incremental.

    This is one election. There are important ones ahead as this Facebook post so clearly presents.

    “If Hillary had become president on the heels of Obama's two terms, the Democrats would be in a very vulnerable position in the next two major elections: the 2018 midterms and the 2020 general election. Democrats would likely suffer heavy losses in the 2018 midterms due to historical precedent (the party that wins the White House usually does poorly in the following midterm elections) and sheer voter fatigue. However, with Donald Trump in the White House the tables are turned, and Republicans are the ones who will be in a defensive position in 2018 as they now control both the White House and Congress and will have to give full account of their agenda and results to voters. In this scenario, Democrats are likely to make significant gains in the 2018 midterm elections.

    Then building on that, Republicans will again be on the defensive in the 2020 general election with Trump in the White House. The core of Republican policy is set up to hurt the working and middle classes and benefit the rich and powerful. Ironically, these are the same working class people who voted for Trump. They will inevitably feel disappointed over the next four years as they realize that Trump can't magically solve their problems. 

    Going into 2020, Republicans will face die-hard opposition from Democrats, a likely disillusioned white, working class, GOP base (the manufacturing jobs are never coming back), and an even more diverse electorate than today. All these factors will put them in a very weak position in that election. If Hillary had won this year, Democrats would be the ones on the defensive.

    There is much to contemplate and serious work to be done to continue to fight for our values, our state and our nation. 

    Our focus must be on 2018 and 2020.

    In addition to asking you to participate in the party at the county and state level, I want to ask you to become a member of the CCDP Phoenix Society. 

    CCDP used your donations effectively and strategically in this election.  We have demonstrated good stewardship.  Phoenix Society donors give a monthly recurring donation to the county party.  Ten, Twenty or thirty dollars a month builds a foundation for us to message to voters, engage citizens in their government and prepare to win more elections.  Find out more about being a Phoenix here.

    Thank you for supporting me as I worked for our Democratic team.  It was an honor to serve.

    (The Board of Elections has not finished counting provisional and military ballots thus final results are not available. As soon as they are I will share our analysis.)

    Building on and extending the historic legacy of the Democratic Party, the Chatham County Democratic Party is committed to:

    • Community
    • Opportunity
    • Fairness
    • Truth in Government
    • Equality

    We encourage all individuals who share these values to join us in our efforts to bring them into the political process. We also encourage individuals to consider running for political office to help turn these values into public policy which protects the health and safety of its citizens and advances quality of life, the common good and economic well-being of all the people in Chatham County.

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