The Scotland County Democrats elected to open their new headquarters on Saturday then got down to business of electing Democrats.
The Party used the building as the site for its county convention.
During Saturday’s event, the Party agreed to select is delegates to the district convention, the location of which has not been determined.
Hazel Boatwright was selected to succeed Sara Stewart as secretary. Stewart was honored with a bouquet of flowers for her service to the organization.
The party also elected to allow the county’s Democratic Women’s organization hold its meetings at the new headquarters.
“This is why we have this building, so that people may come here and meet to make things better in Scotland County,” said Scotland County Party Chairman Kenton Spencer.
Spencer made it clear that while the building would be used for political purposes, it will also serve the community.
“That’s what makes us who we are, that we are here to help the community,” said Spencer.
Democratic Party 8th District Chairperson June Mabry was in town for the convention, and offered extensive praise to party members on the new headquarters.
“This is the nicest, most functional headquarters I’ve seen in our district, and you really have something to be proud of here,” said Mabry.
The day started with a candidate meet and greet and ended with delegates being elected from party membership to the district convention.
Surpassing expectations, the convention was attended by more than 40 local Democrats.
Convention attendee Jennetta Raner, joined by the civic and political group “Just Sistahs” of Galilee United Methodist Church, posed for photos in the new building following the convention.
“I think this new building is very important,” said Raner.
“We are all proud to come here and work for a better future,” she added.
The party also voted to adopt a resolution to oppose the controversial “Amendment One” legislation which would amend the North Carolina Constitution and define a family as only existing between a single man and a single woman.
“This dangerous amendment could have all kinds of negative consequences … including making it more difficult for single mothers to get benefits,” said Spencer prior to the party’s unanimous vote in opposition to the amendment.