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NC delegates reflect range of Democratic groups

Posted September 3, 2012
Updated September 4, 2012

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— North Carolina's delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte is a mix of young and old, black and white, gay and straight, rural and urban – all combining to make the event unique.

At 90, Rocky Mount's Charles Johnson is the dean of the group of more than 180. Charlotte marks his seventh convention, and he believes it's his duty.

"To those of us that do not value the freedoms that we have and are willing to elect the leadership that will look after us and lead our nation to where it needs to be, then they look a little less like a full-blooded American to me," Johnson said.

Charles Evans of Cumberland County and Brenda Pollard of Johnston County are at their first national convention.

"It's a dream come true. It's exciting," Evans said.

"I think this country is wonderful, and I think we are (better off than four years ago). I think that our president is continuing daily to make that promise come true for everybody," Pollard said.

Janice Covington is the first transgender delegate ever from North Carolina and one of only seven at the convention.

"It shows that President Obama is very diverse and he believes in all people," Covington said.

Monica Gibbs is the first woman and the first black delegate elected from Pamlico County. She said she wants women's issues to be a main focus in the fall campaign. NC delegates reflect range of Democratic groups NC delegates reflect range of Democratic groups

"It's really important for women to come out and support (the president)," Gibbs said. "(We want) not to go backwards but to continue going forward."

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said the city is ready to bask in the nation's media attention over the next few days, and he said North Carolina will get to show off its best asset.

"Frankly, (I want people to see) the work ethic and the character of our people, which I think is one of the best selling points we have as a state," Foxx said.

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  • JohnnyMcRonny Sep 5, 2012

    "Really? Can someone here thats a democrat or anyone please explain to me with all the problems in Europe why is socialism so great? I'm not cutting anyone down, but I just don't understand why the transformation to socialism. Especially all that we have now." - loprestw

    Europe is not socialist. You have no idea.

  • Ernest B. Sep 4, 2012

    Why is socialism so great? -loprestw

    As American citizens, do we not all depend on a military that both defends and secures our great nation? I think we all can agree, that our soldiers usually being terrifically honorable people, do an exemplary job of defending us? Yes? Well, guess what, that's a form of socialism. We all contribute our tax dollars to the upkeep of the military, so we get a socialized defense system. Could say the same thing for the interstate system or the post office. And as much as I like to knock the post office, unlike UPS or FedEx, they can at least find my house. The problem with socialism in our current context, is that a lot of folks don't like a government takeover of a particular industry such as healthcare. But, has the healthcare industry done a good job at taking care of its customers? One good part of Obamacare? Insurers are prohibited from dropping policyholders when they get sick. The rest, I ain't so sure about.

  • loprestw Sep 4, 2012

    Really? Can someone here thats a democrat or anyone please explain to me with all the problems in Europe why is socialism so great? I'm not cutting anyone down, but I just don't understand why the transformation to socialism. Especially all that we have now.

  • floydthebarber Sep 4, 2012

    The president stands with women, LGBT, and others who in turn stand with him! I'm very proud of how far the Democratic party has come since even 2008 on the individual rights of Americans to live their lives how they please.

  • ttc248 Sep 4, 2012

    Not so, cwood3. People who are interested in America and the Freedoms for which America was founded. 0And, who was it that relegated Native Americans to reservations????

  • makemyday Sep 4, 2012

    So what county does "Janice" represent? Sure they are proud.

  • Bronco Sep 4, 2012

    To: Cwood3..You really need to educate yourself on just who really gets welfare. According to a recent Census Bureau report..the numbers are "61 percent of welfare recipients are white and 33 percent are black"..So..i have to differ with you on the "many groups with their handsout" Probably just one group with a really big hand...Peace