The Democratic Party of
Polk County, North Carolina

 

Welcome to polkncdemocrats.org, 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 Andy Millard 828-817-2999 camillard@mac.com
1st Vice Chair Pat Salomon 828-863-2422 salomonpat@hotmail.com
 2nd Vice Chair Franklin Smith 828-863-2689 swabby.fs@gmail.com
3rd Vice Chair Sean Hogan 864-444-8928 sth29608@gmail.com
Secretary Rachel Goettert 828-894-5325 rmgoettert@gmail.com
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 Mary Parker 828-817-8595 mponthego65@yahoo.com Harmon Field Cabin
Tryon Chrelle Booker 828-894-0384 emaleing@yahoo.com  
  Susannah Hogan 864-430-0566 susannah_hogan@yahoo.com  

 4 James Hrynyshyn 828-919-9928 jamesh@cyamid.net  Saluda Firehouse
Saluda Walter Hoover 828-749-5846 charlesstreetgarden@rsnet.org  
  Mary "Patty" Martin 828-817-9518 pattymartin4@yahoo.com  

 5 April Mink 828-817-4666 leapfarm@gmail.com Sunnyview School
Cooper Peggy Dean 828-674-5483 padean8@gmail.com  
Gap Lee Mink 828-817-4667 leemink58@gmail.com  

 6 Vacant   -- Mill Spring FD
White Penny Padgett 828-894-9365 padgettpenny23@gmail.com  
Oak Vacant      

 7 James Clarke 919-909-2930   PC High School 
Columbus Pat Linnon 828-899-2323 plinnon423@gmail.com  
  Helen Clement 828-894-7062 helenct@windstream.net  

 8 Frances Parker 828-894-6017 fhparker25@gmail.com Isothermal CC
Columbus Becky Kennedy 828-894-3678 rpkennedy@windstream.net  
  Kathleen Nowakowski 828-894-5952 jknowafords@gmail.com  

 9 Preston White 828-863-2194 whoppiewhite@windstream.net  GC Fire Department
Green Janice Dorval 828-863-4206 janiceddorval@windstream.net  
Creek Jennie Smith 828-863-2689 jusharn@windstream.net  

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 mep1814@gmail.com), President. The Women's Club meets on the last Monday of each month, at 5:30 pm, at the HQ.

        Teen Dems, Carolina Castillo (carol2476.cc@gmail.com), President,  Ailey Morino (aileymorlino@icloud.com), Executive VP,       Delaney Suddreth (delaneysuddreth@gmail.com) VP Finance, Itzel Avellaneda (itzelave.waz.here@gmail.com), VP Membership.

                         

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: 

Name 

    Party

  Phone

E-mail

Tommy Melton

Republican

--

--

Jake Johnson

Republican

--

--

Ray Gasperson

Democrat

894-3301

ray4polk@yahoo.com

Myron Yoder

Republican

--

--

Paul Beiler

Republican

--

--

                 

The Sheriff is Tim Wright, a Republican.

The Clerk of Court is Pam Hyder, a Democrat.

The Registrar of Deeds is Sheila Whitmire, a Republican.

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 five members: three Democrats and two Republicans. The chair is selected from the same party as the current governor.

Name

Position

Party

Phone

E-mail

David Moore

Member

Republican

--

--

Scott Woodworth

Member

Republican

--

 

Sharon Goettert

 

Democrat

894-5325

not2manycats@gmail.com

 

  Democrat

--

 

 

 

Democrat

 

 

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.


Towns

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

Columbus 
Tryon
Saluda

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.


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