The Democratic Party of
Polk County, North Carolina


Welcome to, the website of the Polk County North Carolina Democratic Party.  Please take some time to look around, and let us know (here) if there is something you would like to see added to the site or if you have any comments you would like to make about it.  We look forward to seeing you back often.

We are the Polk County Democratic Party, the chartered affiliate of the North Carolina Democratic Party. We represent the political interests of Polk County Democrats, not only through direct political action, but also through community service. 

The party headquarters is located at 64 Ward Street in Columbus, behind the courthouse and between the Sheriff's Department and the Post Office.

FBThere is no phone service for the headquarters during the intervals between elections. When you need information, please contact the appropriate individual using their contact numbers listed in this section.

 Our mailing address is:

Polk County Democratic Party
PO Box 602
Columbus NC 28722 

(Don't send anything to the street address; there is no mail delivery there.)

The governing body of the Polk County Democratic Party is its Executive Committee, which consists of: 

  • The Officers of the Executive Board
  • The Precinct Chairs and Vice-Chairs
  • The presidents of the Men's and Women's clubs
  • All current Democratic elected officials

Polk County Democratic Executive Board

The Executive Board of the Polk County Democratic Party consists of the six people holding the following offices: County Chair, the three Vice-Chairs, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.  Board members serve for two-year terms, and are elected at county conventions in odd-numbered years, in April.  Officers for the 2017-2018 term are as follows:

Position Name Phone E-mail
County Chair Pat Salomon 828-863-2422
1st Vice Chair Laura Price 828-859-9701
 2nd Vice Chair Franklin Smith 828-863-2689
3rd Vice Chair Sean Hogan 864-444-8928
Secretary Rachel Goettert 828-894-5325
Treasurer Sharon Millard 828-817-0831  


Precinct Information

The 7 Polk County Democratic Precincts each select three officers: Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary.  Precincts are not allowed to raise or spend money independently, so there is no treasurer function. The officers serve for two-year terms, and are elected at annual precinct meetings in odd-numbered years, at a date specified by the state party but usually in February or March.

Precinct officer elections were held on March 7, 2017, and the new precinct officers for the 2017-2018 election cycle are listed in the following chart.  In all cases the three officers are listed in the order of Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. 


Precinct Officers Phone E-mail Polling Place

123 Susannah Hogan 864-430-0566 Harmon Field Cabin
  Mary Parker 828-859-9507  
  Margaret Parker 828-859-6162  

 4 James Hrynyshyn 828-919-9928  Saluda Firehouse
  Walter Hoover 828-749-5846  
  Mary "Patty" Martin 828-817-9518  

 5 April Mink 828-817-4666 Sunnyview School
  Susan Hunt 828-894-9833  
  Lee Mink 828-817-4667  

 6 Johnny Metcalf 894-3813 -- Mill Spring FD
  Penny Padgett 828-894-9365  
  Jay Davies 828-551-2035  

 7 Andy Millard 817-2999 PC High School 
  Tammy Coleman 727-742-5988  
  Helen Clement 894-7062  

 8 Brandon Knox 828-863-2842 Isothermal CC
  "Becky" Kennedy 828-894-3678  
  Barbara Smith --  

 9 Preston White 863-2194  GC Fire Department
  Janice Dorval 828-863-4206  
  Jennie Smith 863-2689  

Note: Polling places for municipal elections are the same as for regular elections for Tryon and Saluda, but for Columbus it is Columbus Town Hall, 99 Walker St.

 Auxiliary organizations

  • Women's Club, Margaret Parker (894-3219, or, President. The Women's Club meets on the last Monday of each month, at 5:30 pm, at the HQ.

Polk County Officials

The 2012-2014 Board of County Commissioners is comprised of four Republicans and one Democrat, to the great regret of all.   Here is their contact information: 





Tommy Melton




Jake Johnson




Ray Gasperson



Myron Yoder




Shane Bradley





Jake Johnson and Myron Yoder were elected in 2016 to four-year terms, and Tommy Melton was elected to a two-year term in 2016. Ray Gasperson and Shane Bradley were elected to a 4-year terms in 2014, and, along with Melton, will be up for re-election inb 2018.

Polk County law regarding the election of commissioners is unusual in that every two years the terms of three of the five commissioners expire, so that a numerical majority is always up for election but not the whole commission.  This is achieved by awarding 4-year terms to the two top vote-getters, but only a 2-year term to the low vote-getter (among the winners).  The low vote-getter thus becomes the third commissioner up for election in the next cycle.

A referendum to change this procedure was on the ballot in 2016, and was soundly defeated.

The Sheriff is Donald Hill, a Democrat, who was last elected in 2014. The term of office is four years, so he will be up for re-election in 2018. His office is in the Sheriff's Department next to the party HQ on Ward Street, and his phone is 828-894-3001.

The Clerk of Court is Pam Hyder, a Democrat, who was elected to a four-year term in 2014. She will be up for re-election in 2018. Her office is in the Courthouse, and her phone is 828-894-8231.

The Registrar of Deeds is Sheila Whitmire, a Republican, re-elected in 2016 to a four-year term; she will be up for re-election in 2020. Her office is in the Womack Building across from the courthouse, her phone is 828-894-8450, and her website is here.

Board of Elections

Every two years the Board of Elections becomes the most important County agency in terms of Polk County politics. It's where you register to vote, where candidates register to run, and it runs the elections themselves. The Board is located at 40 Courthouse St, Columbus NC 28722, on the second floor of the Womack Building, directly across from the courthouse.  The mailing address is:

Polk County Board of Elections 
PO Box 253 
Columbus NC 28722

The Board of Elections is nonpartisan, but political at the same time. It consists of three members: one Democrat, one Republican, and a chair from the same party as the current governor. Thus the party in power in Raleigh controls the Board, but the other party is represented. The current Board members are as follows:






David Moore





Scott Woodworth





Sharon Goettert




The 2016 elections brought in a Democratic governor, but it also brought in some new rules for Board of Election membership. The new members will be installed by July, 2017, and the Executive Committees of the two parties will name the new members. The current members will serve until then.

The Director of Elections, Cliff Marr, oversees the county employees and poll workers who actually run the elections.

The BOE phone number is (828) 894-8181, their fax is (828) 894-3565, and their email is here. The office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.

The BOE website is here

Federal Officials

Our junior senator is Republican Thom Tillis, who defeated Kay Hagan in 2014. The term is 6 years, so he will be up for re-election in 2020.

Our senior Senator is Richard M. Burr, a Republican from Winston Salem, who was re-elected to a 6-year term in 2016, and will not face re-election until 2022. He has declared that this term will be his last. His contact information is here

Our Congressman is Patrick McHenry, a Republican, who represents our new 10th Congressional District. Congressmen are elected to 2-year terms, and are up for re-election each cycle. His contact information is here.

Our Representatives in Raleigh

Our governor is Roy Cooper, a Democrat who was elected in 2016, will be up for re-election in 2020. Governors are term-limited to two four-year terms. 

Cooper's contact information is here.

Our representative in the State General Assembly is Cody Henson, a Republican from Hendersonville who represents the 113th district. District 113 includes all of Polk and Transylvania counties and the southern part of Henderson County. State representatives serve two-year terms.

Henson's contact information is here

Our State Senator is Republican Ralph Hise, who represents the 47th Senatorial district, and was re-elected in 2016.  State senators serve two-year terms. His contact information is here.


Polk County has three major towns: Columbus (the county seat), Tryon, and Saluda.  Their web sites are as follows:


The mayor of Columbus is Eric McIntyre, who is Unaffilated.  Town Council members are: Margaret Metcalf (D), Richard Hall (R), Mark Phillips (R) and Robert Williamson (R).  The Columbus town contact information is here.

The mayor of Saluda is Fred Baisden, a Republican.  Town Council members are Paul Marion (R), George Oxtoby (R), Leon Morgan (R), and Stanley Walker (R). The Saluda town contact information is here.

The Mayor of Tryon is Alan Peoples.  Town Council members are Bill Ingham (D), Bill Crowell (R), Chrelle Booker (D), and Crys Armbrust (U, but usually votes in Democratic primaries).  The town's contact information is here.

  • Latest from the blog

    The guts to do what's right

    The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United State of America is the third rail of politics. Touch it and your future as a candidate for public office is toast. So goes conventional wisdom. There's every reason to believe it's true. But that's the way every significant piece of progress starts: as a hopeless cause.

    Continue reading → See all posts

Be the first to comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.