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Jeff Rose elected chairman of BCDP
Thursday, 04 May 2017 13:01

From Staff Reports

BLACK MOUNTAIN — Jeff Rose, a West Asheville resident and software developer, was elected chairman of the Buncombe County Democratic Party during the party’s annual convention on April 8 at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly.

The convention drew tabout 600 people, which was the largest turnout in at least the last 20 years, according to Brown Newman, a Democrat and the chairman of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

Rose’s election was unanimous, Newman noted, adding that he was excited to see Rose take the party’s helm, which occurred immediately after the vote.

Other officers elected include Denise Marecki, first vice chair, focusing on precinct organization and get-out-the-vote; Catherine Mitchell, second vice chair, focusing on training; Lindsay Furst, third vice chair, focusing on communication; Michael Vavrek, secretary, focusing on party records; and Keith Thomson, treasurer, focusing on  finance.

Rose replaces Kathy Sinclair, who earlier this year had announced that she would not seek re-election after serving six years as the BCDP chairwoman.

A lifelong Democrat, Rose has been highly active with the local party since he moved to Buncombe County in 2015.

For the past year, he has served as the West Asheville Club leader, represented Buncombe as a member of the State Democratic  Executive Committee and chaired Precinct 14.3

He also has led efforts to get people to vote across West Asheville, staffed early voting locations, distributed sample ballots and assisted with coordinating West Asheville’s campaign staging location.

During the 2016 Democratic primary, Rose served as a volunteer to the Bernie Sanders campaign and encouraged everyone to participate in the Democratic Party.

Rose said he looks forward to expanding the ways his party reaches out to the commmunity and fights for its values. He also said he hopes to strengthen year-round voter registration efforts and ensure the party is organized and effective in every area of the county.

 



 


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