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DNC North Carolina Superdelegates

05/25/2011 12:25 pm ET

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Joyce Brayboy

North Carolina

Involvement in the Democratic Party
*Since 1984, Ms. Brayboy has played an active role in several congressional and senatorial campaigns and in presidential campaigns since 1996. During the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, California, she was the Deputy Director for External Affairs and Chief of Staff to the Deputy CEO. In January 2007, Ms. Brayboy was appointed by Governor Howard Dean to serve as an At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee and Super Delegate for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. (http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/content/team/team_brayboy.shtml)
*She began her Capitol Hill career as a legislative assistant to Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) from 1993-1995.
(http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/content/team/team_brayboy.shtml)
*She was Watt's chief of staff for 14 years. (http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/superdelegate_joyce_brayboy)

Basic bio
*Senior Vice President at The Glover Park Group specializing in government relations and strategic communications.
(http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/content/team/team_brayboy.shtml)
*Graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy Studies. In 2001, she completed the Leadership Development Program for Minority Managers at Johns Hopkins University and received an MBA from Johns Hopkins University in May 2003.
*She calls Charlotte home, although she currently works in D.C. (http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/superdelegate_joyce_brayboy)
*She is a "native of Charlotte."
(http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ%2FMGArticle%2FWSJ_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1149193498802&path=!news!today)

Involvement in the Democratic Party
*Since 1984, Ms. Brayboy has played an active role in several congressional and senatorial campaigns and in presidential campaigns since 1996. During the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, California, she was the Deputy Director for External Affairs and Chief of Staff to the Deputy CEO. In January 2007, Ms. Brayboy was appointed by Governor Howard Dean to serve as an At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee and Super Delegate for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. (http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/content/team/team_brayboy.shtml)
*She began her Capitol Hill career as a legislative assistant to Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) from 1993-1995.
(http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/content/team/team_brayboy.shtml)
*She was Watt's Chief of Staff for 14 years. (http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/superdelegate_joyce_brayboy)

Political interests and issues
*"She said she will study both candidates' positions on health care and education, though she will also consider their electability before she makes a decision." (http://projects.newsobserve.com/under_the_dome/superdelegate_joyce_brayboy)
*According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Brayboy is a registered lobbyist for Pfizer and eight other clients.
(http://www.opensecrets.org/lobbyists/lobbyist.asp?txtname=Brayboy%2C+Joyce&year=a&txttype=l) and
(http://www.opensecrets.org/revolving/rev_summary.asp?id=70396)
*The partners at the Glover Park Group are mostly former Clinton White House officials.
(http://www.gloverparkgroup.co/content/team/team.shtm)
*Brayboy was Watt's Chief of Staff while he was head of the Congressional Black Caucus.
*Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, Brayboy worked in television advertising for a local television station and managed a woman and minority-owned retail business for five years. (http://www.gloverparkgroup.co/content/team/team_brayboy.shtml)
*In 2002, she was elected President of the House Chiefs of Staff Association, the only bipartisan membership organization for Chiefs of Staff. As President, she was the second woman and the first African-American to serve in that capacity, after being elected Vice-President for four years and serving on the Board for two years. She also served as President of the Council of African-American Chiefs of Staff for five years. In 2002, she was selected to lead a bi-partisan delegation to participate in the 20th Anniversary of the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag and Bundesrat annual exchange program for staff members from both countries. In 2001, Ms. Brayboy was selected one of 28 U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate staff leaders to participate in the John C. Stennis Fellowship program for the 107th Congress. She has led congressional staff delegations to Cuba, Malaysia and China and has traveled to over ten other countries. (http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/content/team/team_brayboy.shtml)

Who have they made political contributions to?
*Brayboy has given $4,850 in federal money during her career including to the following individuals:Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Gov. Mark Warner, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. James E. Clyburn, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, Rep. Edolphus Towns, Carolyn Cheeks Kirkpatrick, and Rep. Albert Wynn.
*The candidates whom Brayboy has supported are split in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. Warner might be an Obama supporter, and Rep. G.K. Butterfield is an Obama supporter. But Stephanie Tubbs Jones is been a Clinton supporter. So are Meeks and Towns. Watt had supported Edwards. Clyburn remains neutral. Kilpatrick is uncommitted.

Has she worked on previous campaigns?
*"Since 1984, Ms. Brayboy has played an active role in several congressional and senatorial campaigns and in presidential campaigns since 1996." (http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/content/team/team_brayboy.shtml)

What prominent state individuals has she worked for?
*For 14 years, Ms. Brayboy was chief of staff to Rep. Mel Watt, former head of the Congressional Black Caucus.
*The founding partners of the Glover Park Group, her current employers, are Carter Eskew and Joe Lockhart.

OTHER INFORMATION
*A Feb. 15, 2008 article by Media General's Washington bureau said that she was undecided between Clinton and Obama.

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Susan Burgess
North Carolina

Basic Bio
* Represents Charlotte City Council At Large.
* Burgess served as City Council Mayor Pro Tem from 1999 - 2001.
* Council member Burgess is Chair of the Housing and Neighborhood Development Council Committee
* Member of the Budget, Government Affairs and Transportation Committees. http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/City+Council/Meet+the+Council/At+Large+Council+Member+2+Susan+Burgess.htm, http://www.sardisroads.com/government/susan-burgess.html


Political interests and issues
* Chair of the Housing and Neighborhood Development Committee
* Member of the Government Affairs,
* Transportation,
* Environment,
* Planning Liaison Committees.
* Serves as the Council representative to the Centralina Council of Governments (COG)
* Alternate to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO)

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Is the Mayor Pro Tem of the Charolette, NC City Council. The Mayor Pro Tem is a position elected from within the Council. Traditionally, the Mayor Pro Tem has been the person of the majority party who receives the most votes. In the absence of the Mayor, the Mayor Pro Tem becomes acting Mayor (Sec 3.24, Charter of the City of Charlotte).
* Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education from 1990-1997; Chairperson 1995-1997

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Dr. Jeannette M. Council

North Carolina


Basic Bio
* Chairwoman, Cumberland County Board of Commissions
* Member of Democratic National Committee and voting delegate at party national conventions since 1972
* Native of Sampson County, NC
* Married to Thomas council, a former school board member and real estate owner in Fayetteville, NC
* One child; son, age 35
* Educator since 1965
* Public School Administrator for 20 years
* Formerly served as President of Fayetteville State University National Alumni Association


Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Currently, National Democratic Committee person representing North Carolina since 1972
* Currently, the elected Chair of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners
* Served on Board of Commissions since 2000
* State Democratic Vice Chair, 1972
* Former Chair of the State ABC (Alcohol, Beverage Control) Commission
* Been involved in party politics since the 70s


Personal Political Interests and Issues
* Dr. Council describes herself as a longtime educator. "My whole life has been based on education and my focus has been on the youth and the elderly. "If you take care of the youngest and the oldest, most of the rest of us will be OK."
* Leader in state education groups
* Elderly Issues
* Youth Issues
* Advocates for women issues and single mothers


Pledged Status
* Uncommitted
* "I'm standing on my two big flat feet and telling everyone that I'm uncommitted until after the North Carolina Primary on May 6."
* EXCLUSIVE: "If our state goes 60/40 for a candidate then the superdelegate vote should represent that."
* "If the DNC said they wanted the superdelegates to make a choice, then I'd vote to end the fighting. So, I'm waiting for Howard Dean to come out and say, let's have the superdelegates vote now and while it might tick some people off, it might be better for the party in November.
* All this fighting is hurting the party and helping McCain.* "I've paid my way to every national convention and unless the DNC asks me to make a decision, I'll vote for whomever I feel is best at the convention and we have two great candidates."

Involvement in the 2008 Election
* Formerly, a supporter of John Edwards but not in this cycle
* Attended an Obama event in Fayetteville last week
* Not getting involved in any presidential campaign in 2008 until after the convention
* Likes both Clinton and Obama
* "As an African American woman I never dreamed I'd ever have a chance to vote for a black man or a woman."
* "When Obama came to town last week, I couldn't even take a shower! My phone started ringing at 6 o'clock in the morning and people were standing outside my door all day."
* "Hillary is a great candidate, too. She's experienced and intelligent."
* "Obama is bringing in previously unengaged people into the Democratic Party and exciting them."


Family's Involvement in Politics, the Democratic Party
* Dr. Council is the adopted daughter to non-political parents.
* "My parents were staunch Democrats and believed that "black people got along better when they were seen and not heard, so they had to get used to my activity."
* "My parents would be shocked at Barack running for president!"


Previous Campaign Work and Experience
* Dr. Council has been heavily involved in local county political campaigns, statewide campaigns, and supporting national Democratic candidates.
* "This will be the first time that my superdelegate vote will make a difference."
* Supported John Edwards in 04


Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* North Carolina Party Vice Chair and representative to the DNC.

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Jerry Meek

Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party

North Carolina


Basic Bio
* After graduating from high school, Meek, age 37, won the Benjamin N. Duke scholarship to attend Duke University.
* Graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke, double majoring in Economics and Political Science.
* Won a fellowship to study at the University of Notre Dame, completing a Masters degree in Government.
* In the fall of 1995, returned to North Carolina to attend Duke Law School, completing his law degree in 1997.
* Between 1999 and 2002, was a partner with a Dallas, Texas based law firm, practicing in the area of mental health law.
* In 2002, returned to work for a Fayetteville firm, while running the Cumberland County Democratic Party's coordinated campaign for the fall of 2002 election.
* Meek is a medical malpractice attorney with the Law Offices of Wade Byrd in Fayetteville.
* With a keen interest in international affairs, he has lived in Central America and traveled to over forty countries around the world.
* Is a licensed pilot and airplane owner and the father of two puppies, Kennedy and Carter. http://www.ncdp.org/meekbio

Political interests and issues
* Meek became involved in Democratic Party politics at age 13, as a volunteer for Democratic nominees in the 1984 election.
* As a teenager, served as President of the State and National Teen Democrats.
* At age 17, was elected as the youngest delegate ever elected to a Democratic National Convention.
* While in college, served as a precinct Chair in the Cumberland County Democratic Party and as an officer in the 7th Congressional District Democratic Party.
* At age 25, was elected Chairman of the Cumberland County Democratic Party, an office he held while commuting from Fayetteville to Durham to attend Duke Law School.
* In 1998, Meek was the Democratic nominee for the State House from Cumberland County's 18th House District.
* In February of 2003, was elected First Vice Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party.
* In February of 2005, as elected Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party.
* In January 2007, Jerry was re-elected unanimously. http://www.ncdp.org/meekbio

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Current (2005-present) Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party.
* Announces Recommendation to Withhold Endorsement of Democrat Rachel Lea Hunter in State Supreme Court Race -- "Rachel Lea Hunter crossed the line. Her characterization of Robinson as a 'slave' was reprehensible and I call on her to apologize. This racial epithet has no place in any political dialogue, even directed towards someone as contemptible as Vernon Robinson." http://www.ncdp.org/node/1080
* Meek Proposal Could Help Avoid A Democratic Bloodbath. Meek's proposal is that after all of the other primaries and caucuses are over (around mid-June) the convention credentials committee would allocate delegates for Florida and Michigan based on each candidate's percentage of the total popular vote in other states. http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/3/16/11442/9328/71/477921


Involvement in the 2008 Election
* Uncommitted as of March 10, 2008 http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/north_carolinas_superdelegates
* Meek is actively involved in the 2008 election and his concern is how the presidential ticket is going to affect the election downticket in North Carolina.

Family's Involvement in Politics, the Democratic Party
* Meek's mother's father, John Seignious, served on the county council in Charleston, S.C. and was a friend of Strom Thurmond. http://www.ncdp.org/node/208

State Connections
* Meek has close and frequent connections to North Carolina's political figures from both parties.

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Dannie Montgomery

First Vice Chairwoman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, and long-term party activist in Lilesville, N.C.

Lilesville, North Carolina

Basic Bio
* From Anson County, and resides in Lilesville with her husband, John, of 25 years

Political interests and issues
* Get Out The Vote; voter registration; campaign strategizing and communication

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Involved in North Carolina Democratic Party politics since 1992
* For six years has served as Anson County's First Vice Chair - organized GOTV, voter registration, and assisting electoral candidates with communications strategy
* Since 1999 North Carolina Democratic Party Executive member
* 1999-2005, Anson County Democratic Party Chair -promoted Democratic Party issues through presentations, forums, and meetings
* 2004, elected the 8th District Democratic Party Chair
* Ran for county commissioner, but narrowly defeated in a runoff http://www.ncdp.org/officers
* 2006: Campaign Chair for Larry Kissell U.S. House of Representatives campaign in North Carolina's 8th congressional district; Kissell lost by 329 votes (after a recount) in the second closest 2006 race in the country http://www.democrats.org/a/2005/06/north_carolina.php
* 2007: appointed to (22 member) Democratic Party's Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Committee http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa5276/is_200702/ai_n21231642
* 2007: elected by the State Executive Committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party to the position of First Vice Chair of North Carolina Democratic Party (ie. a 2-year term) http://www.ncdp.org/node/1526
* Anson County's First Vice Chair
* North Carolina Democratic Party Executive member
* Anson County Democratic Party Chair
* 8th District Democratic Party Chair
* Campaign Chair for Larry Kissell U.S. House of Representatives 2006 campaign
* Democratic Party's Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Committee member http://www.ncdp.org/officers
* Elected in 2007 to 2 year term as First Vice Chair of North Carolina Democratic Party
* Video of a Democratic Party WNC Training session, during which 1st Vice Chair Dannie Montgomery inspires the troops http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy__TN8fhq0
* "Dannie Montgomery is AMAZING. This woman had so many people motivated to get out and work for Larry Kissell. Every time I commented on the early vote turnout in the smaller counties in the 8th, the response was, 'That's Dannie.'" http://thesoutherndem.blogspot.com/2006_11_01_archive.html

Pledged Status
* Declared for Obama (as of 02/12/08) http://demconwatch.blogspot.com/2008/01/superdelegate-endorsement-notes.html
* As of 03/18/08, she is one of 4 NC's superdelegates already declared for Obama out of North Carolina's 19 superdelegates (17 already designated, 2 still to be designated sometime before the Denver Convention). (*Note: To date, one NC superdelegate has declared for Clinton). http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/superdelegate_dannie_Montgomery
* Explaining choice to vote for Obama, Montgomery is quoted as follows in the Charlotte Observer: ""All the great significance is there. We are on the verge of changing the direction of our country. The concerns of the people are about to become relevant again." (The same journal also notes that Montgomery expressed excitement about her opportunity to make a difference at "so historic a time", and that although she has been contacted by the Clinton campaign, she's supporting Obama because "he wants to reach out to everybody".) http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/superdelegate_dannie_Montgomery

Previous Campaign Work and Experience
* 2006: Campaign Chair for Larry Kissell U.S. House of Representatives campaign in North Carolina's 8th congressional district; Kissell lost by 329 votes (after a recount) in the second closest 2006 race in the country http://www.democrats.org/a/2005/06/north_carolina.php

Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* North Carolina Party Chairman: Jerry Meek
* North Carolina Party Executive Director: Caroline Valand http://www.ncdp.org/
* 2006 U.S. House of Representative N.C.Candidate: Larry Kissell http://www.democrats.org/a/2005/06/north_carolina.php

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Muriel Offerman

Delegate to the Democratic National Convention and member of the Democratic National Committee from North Carolina

Cary, North Carolina

Interviewed: March 20, 2008 by Beverly Davis


Basic Bio
* Deputy Chair, Programs, the North Carolina Employment Security Commission from December 2006 - Present
* Married to Max Offerman
* Lives in Cary, North Carolina
* Born in small town of Wallace, near Wilmington, NC
* Graduated from the University of Chicago, 1960
* President of the Women's Carolina Forum of North

Political interests and issues
* Women's issues
* Employment and Education issues
* Tax Issues

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* State Democratic Party Treasurer
* Formerly, Secretary of Revenue, State of North Carolina
* Served as member of the Democratic National Committee since 1989
* Served as County Democratic chair
* State Executive Committee Member
* Attended the Democratic National Convention since 1989

Pledged Status
* Uncommitted
* Supported Edwards in 04 and 08 until he dropped out and remains uncommitted until "after the North Carolina Primary."
* Former Ambassador Jeannette Hyde had a big private function at her home in Raleigh and Offerman told her that she was uncommitted, so Offerman didn't attend the event.
* Obama hasn't personally called her but Hillary Clinton and several of her people have called her to solicit her superdelegate vote.
* Saw Obama speak in Vienna, Virginia recently
* Feels "Hillary is also a great candidate and would be happy with either Hillary or Barack."
* If John Edwards' endorses a candidate, she could be influenced to swing her vote toward that candidate.
* "I'm somewhat torn. I'm going to wait and see how it goes. Should we follow the popular vote or exercise our own thinking? I don't see any reason to commit at this point."
* Concerns: "We'll have a huge challenge keeping cohesiveness and a large turnout and we risk having people unhappy with the outcome, no matter who wins the nomination."

Involvement in the 2008 Election
* Supported Edwards as a superdelegate in 08 but will remain uncommitted
* Will attend campaign events so long as her endorsement isn't required

Family Background
* Is the first Jewish member of the Governor's Council

Previous Campaign Work
* Worked in various local and national political campaigns in North Carolina since the 70s
* Campaign Organizer for John Edwards

Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* Campaign Organizer for Governor Jim Hunt
* Governor Jim Hunt
* Major supporter of John Edwards

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Carol Peterson

Asheville, North Carolina

Basic bio
*Carol Peterson was born in Buncombe County, N.C. She is 66 years old.
*She lives in Asheville, N.C. (Ashville Citizen-Times, "2 commissioners seek re-election," Feb. 7, 2008)
*She earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master's degree from the University of Tennessee. She also studied at Western Carolina University.
*Peterson is retired but was a home economics teacher and vocational director in the city and county schools in Asheville, N.C. She is also a member of the Buncombe County Commission.
http://www.carolforbuncombe.org/glance.htm

Involvement in the Democratic Party
*Peterson was elected to the Democratic National Committee four years ago at the state Democratic Party Convention. (http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080223/NEWS01/802230306)
*She and her husband, Bruce Peterson, were delegates to the Democratic National Convention in 2000. (Asheville Citizen-Times, July 23, 2000)
*Peterson's been a delegate in 2008, 2004, 2000 and 1996. (http://www.carolforbuncombe.org/glance.htm)
*In 2002, she and her husband, Bruce, won the Thad Eure Award for their leadership and devotion to the North Carolina Democratic Party. (Asheville Citizen-Times, Oct. 16, 2002)
*Her husband, Bruce Peterson, is district director for Rep. Heath Shuler. Bruce Peterson has also been involved in the Democratic Party, including a term as chairman of the Buncombe Democratic Party. (http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20070104/NEWS/701040314). In 2000, Bruce Peterson joined his wife a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. (Asheville Citizen-Times, July 23, 2000)
*Peterson is in her first term as Buncombe County Commissioner, and she is running for her second term in 2008.
*She is chairwoman of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Board of Trustees.
*Her husband was also once the chairwoman of the Buncombe County Democratic Party (Asheville Citizen-Times endorsement, "Incumbents, Peterson deserve seats on Buncombe Board," Oct. 26, 2004)

Political interests and issues
*Peterson said that her top issue in her re-election campaign is workforce preparedness. (Ashville Citizen-Times, "2 commissioners seek re-election," Feb. 7, 2008) In October, she was the lone vote against a new Buncombe County zoning ordinance to allow mobile homes in almost all residential zoning districts. (Ashville Citizen-Times, "Buncombe opens more areas for mobile homes," Oct. 17, 2007)
*When she ran in 2004 she said "the Water Agreement" was the number one problem facing the county. She said she didn't favor countywide zoning, but did favor planning for growth in order to manage infrastructure development. (Buncombe County was the last county in the state to have countywide zoning laws. The Board spent much of 2006 and 2007 on the issue and eventually approved it. Peterson voted for it. In a 1999 vote, 70% of county residents living in unzoned areas of the county had opposed such a move.)

How has she been involved in the 2008 election?
*Peterson previously supported John Edwards.

Who have they made political contributions to?
*MY SOURCE FOR THESE WAS CQ MONEYLINE
Bruce Peterson, $500, Heath Shuler, 03/10/2006
Bruce Peterson, N.C. Democratic Party, $250, 04/25/2004
Bruce Peterson, Patsy Keever (Democratic candidate for 11th District), $200, 02/11/2004
Bruce Peterson, John Edwards for President, $500, 01/17/2003
Bruce Peterson, Democratic National Committee, $300, 08/11/2000
Bruce Peterson, Sam Neill (Democratic candidate for 11th District), $1,000, 06/30/2000
Bruce Peterson, David Young (Democratic candidate for 11th District) $300, 12/16/1997
*Carol Peterson has given $1,500 to Heath Shuler since 2005
*Every October since 2000, she's given $200 to the N.C. Democratic Party federal fund.
*She's given $1,000 to Erskine Bowles campaign, but she first gave $250 to Elaine Marshall in that Senate campaign. From what I can tell, this is the only race in which she supported a Democrat in a primary.
*She gave $500 to John Edwards in 2003.
*As a couple, Peterson and her husband have given a total of $7,650 in federal funds since 2000.

Family Background
*Yes, her husand Bruce Peterson, has also been involved in state politics for a long time and currently works for Rep. Heath Shuler.
*Bruce Peterson is a member of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He was a coach and high school principal before retiring.

Previous Campaigns
*As leaders of the county Democratic Party, she and her husband appear to have been neutral throughout the years. Although she did support Secretary of State Elaine Marshall in her primary Senate campaign against eventual nominee Erskine Bowles in 2000. And her husband was on Heath Shuler's campaign in the last cycle.

OTHER INFORMATION
*"It's absolutely unbelievable," said Carol Peterson, a Buncombe County commissioner and member of the Democratic National Committee. "The phone calls from [the campaigns of] Senator Clinton and Senator Obama have been just daily. In fact, several times a day." http://www.newsobserver.com/politics/story/948024.html

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Everett Ward

North Carolina

Basic Bio
* 49 years old (http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/superdelegate_everett_ward)
* Employer: North Carolina Department of Transportation ("The Democratic Rules and Bylaws Committee", Billy House, Tampa Tribune, August 23, 2007)
* Went to his first convention as a teenaged volunteer in 1976 (http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/superdelegate_everett_ward)
* Lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina ("Big day could lead to a convention fight", James Romoser, Winston-Salem Journal, February 3, 2008)
* Has never held elected office ("Big day could lead to a convention fight", James Romoser, Winston-Salem Journal, February 3, 2008)


Political interests and issues
* Director, Historically Black Colleges & University Program & Minority Serving Institutes, North Carolina Department of Transportation (http://www.ncdot.org/administration/)

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Former executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party (http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/superdelegate_everett_ward)
* Member, Democratic National Committee's Rules and By-Laws Committee ("The Democratic Rules and Bylaws Committee", Billy House, Tampa Tribune, August 23, 2007)
* Superdelegate in 1996, 2000 and 2004 (http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/superdelegate_everett_ward)


Involvement in the 2008 Election
* Endorsed Barack Obama (http://media.www.dailytarheel.com/media/storage/paper885/news/2008/02/18/StateNational/Democratic.Candidates.Court.N.c.Superdelegates-3215734.shtml)
* Has said about Obama, "I certainly support the platform issues that he has articulated and addressed." (http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20080303/NEWS/192093969/1020/news0103)
* "I think without any question his platform, his position and his view for the country led me to gravitate to him." (http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/superdelegate_everett_ward)
* "Ward said that he could not see himself voting for Hillary Clinton at this point, but he said that once the convention starts, anything can happen." (http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/superdelegate_everett_ward)
* As a member of the DNC's Rules and By-Laws Committee, helped to decide whether Florida's party members were in violation of the party's primary calendar rules ("The Democratic Rules and Bylaws Committee", Billy House, Tampa Tribune, August 23, 2007)


Contributions to Candidates
* 1997: North Carolina Democratic Party - Federal: $500
* 2000: North Carolina Democratic Party - Federal: $200
* 2001: North Carolina Democratic Party - Federal: $200
* 2004: North Carolina Democratic Party - Federal: $250
* 2006: North Carolina Democratic Party - Federal: $250
* 2002: Lawrence Davis for Congress - $500 (Federal Election Commission: http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/qind/

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