State Democrats look to regroup after losing top leaders
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RALEIGH – North Carolina's Democratic Party is looking to re-group after losing two top leaders just weeks before the primary election.
At a news conference Thursday, Chairman David Parker announced he will not be seeking re-election, this following the resignation of the party's executive director, Jay Parmley.
William Peace University political science Professor David McLennan said this is a unique time in history of this party.
"I can't during election year think of so much turmoil where the two major positions had to be replaced," said McLennan.
McLennan said the chair position is important, but the executive director is more of the full-time leader.
"[He or she] manages the staff to make sure communication goes out to donors and candidates,” said McLennan, “so that position also needs to be filled pretty quickly so that person can carry on the business of getting candidates elected."
So what could the next top Democrat look like? Some political experts said it wouldn't hurt to have someone a little younger, meaning under the age of 40.
"I just think someone who understands the new style of fund raising, the new style of campaigning with a strong sense of technology who can reach out and tap in to young voters," said McLennan.
Representatives from the headquarters said they're moving forward with vigor.
"We are continuing with the important work of the North Carolina Democratic Party,” said Walton Robinson, party communications director. “We are planning party events, recruiting and training new volunteers and helping to build the grassroots infrastructure that will propel Democrats to victory this fall."