LGBT Advances in November Elections!

From our FaceBook page…

Congrats to all the LGBT candidates elected in last night’s Democratic sweep, including Lee Storrow in Chapel Hill, possibly the youngest out gay person ever elected in North Carolina, Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte’s first out lesbian elected to City Council, Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle in Carrboro, and Mayor Elic Senter in Franklinton.

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Mayfield Wins Charlotte City Council

Congratulations to LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte’s first openly lesbian council member, who won in Tuesday’s election…

From the Charlotte Observer [posting an article on a newly elected member who defeated a GOP incumbent]:  …The City Council will have two other new members, both Democrats. LaWana Mayfield won the District 3 race over Ed Toney, and John Autry defeated Dennis Peterson in District 5.

Mayfield replaces Democrat Warren Turner, whom she defeated in the party primary. Mayfield will become the city’s first openly gay council member.

“I took nothing for granted,” Mayfield said. “We were still at knocking on doors, phone-banking. We made it to all 15 of our precincts today.”

LaWana won her primary in September over an incumbent, with 51% of the vote, attributing her success to volunteer efforts and door to door canvassing. She also serves on our own State Executive Committee for the LGBT Democrats of NC for the 12th District. congratulations, LaWana!

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ENC Conference & Gala

Equality NC 5th annual Conference & Gala – 12 Nov 2011… Conference hours 8:30-5:30 (student caucus 5:30-7:00) at Elliott Center / UNCG, gala at the Empire Room 6-9:45.

Marcus Brandon will receive the Legislative Leadership Award, Bob Page will be named Equality Champion; Rev Dr. William Barber, President of NC NAACP, will participate in the keynote panel discussion on equality. Breakout sessions include local organizing & it should be a great conference! Early bird registration discounts have been extended so head over today to and get registered today!

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City Council Primary Victories

Congratulations to LaWanna Slack Mayfield, victorious in her primary bid for Charlotte City Council! And up the road in Greensboro, Wayne Abraham was also a victor in that primary race.

Good luck to both candidates in November!


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LGBT State Convention

6 August 2011 – Guilford College Campus, Greensboro, NC
(written by Clayton Brooks & edited for online posting)

For those of you who were able to make it to our convention, you will know that it was truly a special event. With minimal contention and a show of real unity within our community, we have emerged as an organization with a formally approved set of by-laws and an elected class of officers who will take us through the 2012 elections.

The inaugural LGBT DEMs State Convention, 6 Aug 2011

Our organization’s inaugural officers, as elected at our state convention are:
President: Ryan Butler, Greensboro,
Vice President: Concetta Caliendo, Charlotte,
Secretary: Gayle Keresey, Wilmington,
Treasurer: Kirby Heard, High Point,
Vice President for
University & College Outreach
: Zachery J Reedy, Western Carolina University, Culowhee,


You will also find on this site a formal copy of our by-laws as amended and ratified at our convention. This document has been submitted to Chairman David Parker and Executive Director Jay Parmley and will eventually find its way to all members of the Executive Council. Pending approval by that body, our by-laws and record of our initial officers will be considered by the State Executive Committee at their next meeting and we will go up for a vote to become formally recognized by the state party.

A State Executive Committee was put into place with a chair and vice chair from each [current] Congressional District.

*Update: Travis Crayton was elected to the post of VP for College & University Outreach at our Convention; Travis is very involved in a campaign, and due to limited time, chose to step down as from this position. A quorum meeting was held at the Western Gala 22 October, and Zachary Reedy, who had also run for the position at Convention, was unanimously elected to fill the position.

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