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Franklin Dems re-elect Allen as chair

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LOUISBURG — Lucy Allen was re-elected chair of the Franklin County Democratic Party during the county convention March 23 at the Franklin County Courthouse Annex.

All precincts were represented as Allen, acting as the previous year’s chair, praised Dewey Botts for his activism in getting county precincts organized over the last year. Botts was elected as first vice chair later in the convention.

Allen read a statement from Wayne Goodwin, N.C. Democratic Party chairman, who praised Democrats across the state for winning seats and breaking the Republican supermajority in the N.C. House and Senate in 2018. Good precinct organization was key to the wins, he said, and he urged the delegates to continue the work for the next election.

“As a precinct chair myself, I understand the importance of your position,” Goodwin’s statement said. “Our precincts are the cornerstone of our party. Without organized precincts, we simply cannot win elections.”

Allen praised Kelli London, president of the newly-formed Franklin County Young Democrats, for spearheading the group and keeping it active through the year. London was elected third vice chair of the party later in the convention.

More than 50 people signed up to join Allen as delegates to the district convention, which will be held April 27, tentatively in Louisburg.

The delegates passed several resolutions, including one calling on the N.C. Democratic Party to honor local civil rights icon Rosanell Eaton who passed away last year.