Message from Matt Ballance, NC11 chair

Hello NC11 Democrats!

I write this message to you having returned from a weekend in Durham for the North Carolina Democratic Party’s annual convention and 2022 Unity Dinner.  I can’t tell you how energizing it was to be back in person with fellow Democrats from across our state to conduct the work of our party, and to hear from so many of the incredible candidates that we have running for office up and down the ballot this November!

Summer is in full swing, and that means that the general election season is in full swing as well.  NC11 Democratic nominee Jasmine Beach-Ferrara kicked off her series of “Day of Action” events across the district this last weekend.  Our NC House and Senate candidates across the district are rolling out events and activities daily.  NC Judicial candidates are visiting our region.  And US Senate candidate Cheri Beasley continues to make frequent stops across our area.

I urge each of you to stay up to the date with the activities of our candidates via their websites and email lists, as well as the calendar on the NC11 Democrats website, and to take part in these events.  But don’t just involve yourself, spread the word!  Take a friend or family member to these events, help spread the word on the good ideas that our candidates stand for, and do your part to do everything that you can to help get these individuals elected this fall!

There is so much in our district, our state, and our country that deserves our effort right now.  Pushing our legislators to finally pass Medicaid expansion.  Protecting our school boards and county commissions from the extremist right-wing candidates who wish to overtake these offices.  Protecting our children and the public from the plague on gun violence in our country.  Protecting a woman’s right to choose.  Our plate is full of worthy, righteous efforts to fight for.

So let’s get to work.  Let’s keep our heads down and press on.  Let’s stay focused on the task at hand.  And let’s do everything we can to protect the Democratic values that we love and hold so dear!

Thank you for all that each of you do and keep fighting!

Matt Ballance
NC District 11 Chair


“Take Action to Save a Child’s Life” Jane Koenig Sylva Herald Letter to the Editor June 15, 2022

Take action to save a child’s life

To the Editor:

What would you do to save the life of a child?

Would you make a donation to a children’s medical organization? Would you get the proper child restraints for your vehicle? Would you jump, fully clothed, into a swimming pool to save a drowning child? Would you jump in frigid water to save a child who fell through broken ice? Would you jump in a fast-moving creek or water to save a floundering child? Would you fight off a dangerous animal who thought it had a juicy, young meal? Would you take on a child predator? 

Of course, you would! What wouldn’t you do to save a child?

Would you sell back your semi-automatic rifles, all of them, and give them up forever?

No? Coward.

Jane Koenig, Tuckasegee

“Fulfill the Second Amendment” Dave Waldrop Sylva Herald Letter to the Editor June 15, 2022

Fulfill the Second Amendment

To the Editor:

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and yet another mass shooting in America I am trying to make sense of the Second Amendment. It states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” It is difficult to disagree with those words if we study them and determine what they mean.

Still, three words beg for clarity: Militia, regulated and infringed.

By definition a militia is a military force that is raised from the civilian population to supplement a regular army in an emergency. Please don’t tell me that gun owners in America today are a form of militia. I own five firearms. Still, I have no connection to any organization that makes up a legal militia as referred to in the Second Amendment. I do not belong to the U.S. Navy Reserve or the National Guard. Who would call me to duty in an emergency?

How are firearms regulated at all today in the spirit of the Second Amendment? I contend they aren’t “well regulated”. I also contend that the United States Congress must act soon to develop a formal Militia rather than continuing to allow individuals to believe they belong to a militia that doesn’t even exist.

How could a militia be well regulated?

Register all firearms with the newly established militia.

Ban new sales of assault weapons.

Disable privately owned assault weapons or store them in a legal armory.

Levy taxes on firearms (much like vehicles are now).

Require gun owners to insure each firearm.

Require all firearms sales to be recorded with the appropriate agency.

Develop/enforce stringent background checks.

As we begin to fulfill the letter and spirit of the Second Amendment there may be other steps we decide to take. Clearly, this will address the term “infringed.” That definition is: to break off, break, impair, violate.

The Second Amendment is established law. It provides the right to bear arms. It also paves the way to establish a militia. And, it requires the militia to be “well regulated.”

Congress, do your job!

Dave Waldrop, Webster

Important! Public Comment Period Opens on GOP Request for Signature Verification on Ballots, please comment!


The NC State Board of Elections (NCSBE) has opened a public comment period in response to a Request for Declaratory Ruling proposed by the NC Republican Party. The public comment period closes on July 5, 2022. We need thousands of North Carolina voters to push back on this proposed change using the NCSBE comment portal.
Please use your own or this suggested language: “I am concerned about the very real prospect that legitimate ballots could be thrown out under a signature-matching protocol. If someone changed their name since they registered to vote, if they have developed a medical condition that affects their signature, or if they first registered to vote in our state many years ago, their current signature may look different than the signature on file.”
Click on the link below to comment. THANK YOU!

Judgeships are SO important! Here are the candidates we support for judicial positions:

N.C. Supreme Court:

Judge Lucy Inman (Seat Three Candidate)


Justice Sam Ervin (Seat Five Incumbent)


NC Court of Appeals:

Judge Darren Jackson (Seat 11)

Judge Gale Adams (Seat 10)


Brad Salmon (Seat 9)


Carolyn Thompson (Seat 8)