CANDIDATES FOR VACANT POSITIONS
Read the biographies, below, for candidates running for open positions: FCDP Chair, 1st Vice Chair, 3rd Vice Chair, State Executive Committee member (male). These positions will be filled at the next meeting of the County Executive Committee. A virtual meeting will be held on April 7. All CEC members have received email instructions regarding the meeting. Any registered Democrat in Forsyth County, NC who would like to listen to the meeting should contact their precinct chair or vice chair, or an FCDP officer for information.
If you would like to run for one of the open positions, please read the description in the NCDP Plan of Organization (p. 9 for County Offices, p. 21 for SEC Members).
- Note that the three volunteer officer positions require 15 to 30 hours per week; some weeks more.
- The SEC position requires at least four quarterly meetings per year, in rotating locations throughout the state. The meetings are usually a full-day commitment.
FCDP CHAIR CANDIDATES
We should keep three things in mind as we work towards victory in 2020:
1) The campaign space will be crowded. We’ll need to work IN HARMONY with other campaigns and zig when they are zagging. We’ll use traditional voter ID/GOTV tactics, of course, but we should layer them with relational organizing techniques that take advantage of personal connections and broaden our volunteer base. Relational organizing is new and exciting, and - most importantly - it works!
2) We’ll need a simple, informative communication program designed to educate our voters about issues like checking registration info, voting early, and voting by mail, just to name a few. For example, in 2008 there was concern about undervoting and ballot roll-off. In Durham, we created a voting “brand” called “The Obama Straight Flip” and used it consistently on all our materials, starting in July.
3) We have to re-engage with our voters and develop relationships that are non-transactional – we can’t just show up and ask people to vote, we have to provide a service.This is especially true in precincts where voter participation has lagged for several elections. Is government working to serve the people? If it’s not, then we need to make a commitment to change that.
If there’s anything we’ve learned from the coronavirus, it’s that we’re all in this together. We’ve already wasted too much time fighting with one another, now we have to get to work. 2020 is too important – we have to get it done!
Current and past relevant experience:
- 2019-present – FCDP Votebuilder administrator
- 2017-present – Organizer and Co-Founder, Clemmons Democrats
- 2016-present – Chair, Precinct 55, Forsyth County
- 2015-2016 Summit Consulting Group; projects included Mike Morgan for NC Supreme Court, fundraising for Hillary for America, Naveed Aziz for NC Senate
- 2015-2016 – Co-founder and organizer, Make It Count, a voter information Political Action Committee
- 2007-2010 – Chair, Durham County Democrat Party
Greetings! I’m Natasha Smith, and I am stepping up to lead as the Chair of the FCDP.
In this uncertain time (and we don’t know when things will get “back to normal”), my digital skills are what the FCDP needs most. In order to Dump Trump and send Tillis packing, we need to spread our message to more people. In order to maintain our standing within the SEC, we must turn out the vote for Gov. Cooper. Chances are high our activities will look different for the remainder of 2020, and I have the unique set of skills and experiences that can lead us to victory on November 3rd.
By day I am a Senior Digital Strategist at Run the World Digital but my start was here in Forsyth County.
- 2012: FCDP Field Director
- 2013: Joines for Mayor Campaign Coordinator
- 2014: Elected Secretary for the 5th District
- 2014: Elected 3rd Vice for the FCDP Democratic Women
- 2014: FCDP Gala Committee
- 2019: Elected to SEC
- 2019: Joines for Mayor Campaign Director
In 2015, I moved to Chicago and became the Email Strategist for Organizing for Action (OFA), where I managed Barack Obama’s email list and helped run his social media accounts. I then became the Director of Digital Media Strategy at Chicago Public Schools, where I navigated one strike a statewide campaign for equity in school funding. Missing politics, I joined the National Democratic Training Committee as Digital Director, where I trained democrats across the country while partnering with state and local parties. I then became the Senior VP of Digital Engagement at Freedom For All Americans.
I’ve trained candidates in 20 states on digital best practices, fundraising techniques, and campaign organization with groups like New Leaders Council and Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC).
FCDP 1st VICE CHAIR CANDIDATES
Hi my name is Bryan Blue and I would like to run for 1st Vice Chair. I am 34 years old and at the moment an out of work bartender in Winston-Salem.
I have been involved with a couple of campaigns.
- DD Adams for US House of Representatives, 2018 Volunteer
- Eunice Campbell North Ward City Council, 2020 Campaign Manager
I want to start making a positive difference in our community by helping the people of our community get more involved with voting. I believe I have new out of the box ideas that will help our party do just that.
Simply put, real change is proven in one’s ability to get things done. From managing food pantries to powering a pipeline for youth employment, Kismet Loftin-Bell has led, built and developed opportunities that have positively advanced the lives of those living in Forsyth County.
She’s unafraid to have the courageous conversation needed to demand social justice and inclusivity in the planning process, Kismet Loftin-Bell is a decisive, passionate advocate and the type of leader the Democratic Party needs in this time of uncertainty. Matching her political know-how with her heart for the people, Kismet Loftin-Bell’s track record demonstrates her relentless drive to place people over politics in order to ensure inclusivity, and to forge the type of victories that benefit the entire community.
As a consultant, Political Science professor, Fellow of the NC Institute of Political Leadership and a graduate of the City of Winston-Salem University, Kismet Loftin-Bell not only has the experience crafting social justice policies to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth and privileges throughout the county, she has the courageous fortitude to get the job done – being able to translate the needs of the people into the language of the party’s and county’s stakeholders.
Within the Forsyth County Democratic Party, Kismet has served as a precinct chair and parliamentarian. Serving as 1st Vice Chair would be a continuation of service to the party and to the community.
FCDP 3rd VICE CHAIR CANDIDATES
The Third Vice Chair is responsible for publicity, public relations, and communications. I believe I am qualified for this position because of my job experience, knowledge of social media, and education.
First, during my experience at the North Carolina Education Lottery, I helped form the organization’s corporate social responsibility platform, which achieved the highest level of responsibility from the World Lottery Association. I also helped draft newsletters that were sent to newspapers, such as the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Second, my knowledge of social media is another qualification. I am a current admin on several Facebook pages, such as the Young Democrats of Forsyth County page, where I provide information on the achievements of the Democratic Party. I am also active on numerous other social media sites.
Third, as a law student at Wake Forest University, I have developed strong reading and writing skills that will help me succinctly compile information in an understandable manner for every voter.
In addition to my qualifications for Third Vice Chair, I have a continuous record of service. In 2018, I served the Forsyth County Democratic Party as a Field Organizing Fellow where I canvassed and phone banked for local candidates, such as Terri LeGrand and Dan Besse. Currently, I serve as the 905 Precinct Chair and Vice President of the Young Democrats of Forsyth County. In these roles, I have organized voter registration drives, candidate forums, and policy discussions to increase voter turnout.
We need all hands on deck for the most important election of our lifetime, including young voters. That is why I am asking for your vote for Third Vice Chair of the Forsyth County Democratic Party.
STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CANDIDATES
I am Jeremy Holderfield and would love your support for SEC!
I love my home state and have explored nearly every inch of it; I know our history, our struggles and our strengths. My roots go back 8 generations here: a son of laborers, small-scale farmers, and small business owners dating back to the colonial era. I have a deep love and kinship of our people, agriculture, ecosystems, and way of life.
We must have Democrats with a strong grasp of our people and history in the SEC because we are much stronger than the outside forces that have occupied our State’s General Assembly and the pocketbooks of many of our State’s representatives in D.C.
It would be an honor to represent Forsyth County in the SEC. This is the place of my family’s roots, I want to make sure that North Carolina is strong for the Democrats for generations to come. I have the temperament, intelligence, patience and love to help NC Democrats for a successful, Deep-Blue Tarheel state again through this committee. Thank you!
For those who do not know me, my name is Jeff Marshall and I am running for the SEC. I live in Winston-Salem with my wife and the youngest two of my seven children.
I have been an active volunteer with the Forsyth County Democratic Party since moving to North Carolina in 2012. I have been involved with our GOTV efforts and Votebuilder management. I have also served at the district level and currently serve on the Party Plan of Organization as a committee member.
Working for candidates at the local, state and national level, I have seen the work our party does up close. I have also worked with other states' rules and processes some of which I would like to see our own party consider as we continue to work electing Democrats to all levels of government. I have worked directly with the DNC and helped improve our processes that will help us to reach voters to impact elections. I have built relationships throughout our state and nation which I believe would help me bring new ideas and concepts to the state party.
- 2015-2017 Precinct 909 chair
- 2016-2017 2nd Vice Chair 5th Congressional District
- 2016 DNC Convention Delegate
- 2019-2020 Party Plan of Organization Committee Member
- 2016-2018 Data Director Jenny Marshall for US House
- 2018 Data Director David Wilson Brown for Congress
- 2018 Data Director Bobby Kimbrough for Sheriff
- 2018-2019 National Data Director Marianne Williamson for President
- 2019-2020 NC Data Director Michael Bloomberg for President
- 2019-2020 Advisor SC Democrat Legislative Caucus
- 2020 Consultant Jen Perelman for Congress
- 2019-2020 Advisor Paul Hodes NH State Senate
- 2019-2020 Advisor David Bagley NV House