Your Input on Joe Sam Queen & Mike Clampitt Virtual Town Hall on Sept. 24, 7pm

Share your input for next week’s NC 119: Virtual Town Hall
Join Blue Ridge Public Radio and Smoky Mountain News next Thursday, September 24, at 7 PM for a virtual town hall with Republican Mike Clampitt and Democrat Representative Joe Sam Queen, candidates running for the North Carolina House of Representatives District 119. This will be the fifth time that these two candidates have gone head-to-head to represent the people of Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties.
A big part of this virtual town hall is YOU. If you live in Swain, Jackson or Haywood Counties, send us your questions and concerns for both candidates. Do you want to talk about COVID-19, employment in the mountains, racial justice or other topics? Submit your questions by recording a voice memo and emailing them to, or post a comment to the event’s Facebook page.
The virtual event will be hosted at Western Carolina University; however, due to venue capacity limits currently in place the event will not be open to the public. This town hall will be livestreamed on Blue Ridge Public Radio’s Facebook page.

NC Congressional District 11, Newsletter #5

New Chairs Announced to District 11

A warm welcome to our new 2nd Vice Chair in charge of training, Kathie Kline.  A lifelong Democrat, Kathie has been active in politics since 1983.  Her experiences range from working on campaigns, precinct chair, campaign manager, cluster leader and trainer.  She also works on BCDP’s Data Team and the BCDP GOTV Operations Team.  Kathie can be reached at

Karen Albig smith has joined District 11 as Third Vice-Chair.   She is a lifelong Democrat and currently serving as Union Precinct Chair in Macon County.  North Carolina contributions to the Democratic Party include serving on the Resolutions Committee for the District last year, staffing at Macon County headquarters coordinating canvassing for the 2018 midterms.  Her most recent source of activist pride is having attended the Women’s March in January 2017.    “I am happy to serve the 11th Congressional District as your Communications Coordinator.  Let me know how I can help.”   🙂

2020 Primary Election:  NO VOTER ID IS NEEDED

  • Early Voting is February 13-29.  Early voting site can be found at:
  • Same Day Registration is available to those who are not yet registered during early voting with proof of residency – Not on Election Day!
  • Primary Election Day is March 3 from 6:30AM to 7:30PM.  Voters must vote in their home precinct that day.  Polling places an be found at:


2020 District Convention:  Saturday April 25, 2020     

  • Pisgah High School, 1 Black Bear Drive, Canton, NC
  • Start time :  Noon-4:00PM  Watch for updates at:
  • Registration at 10:30 AM   Food at 11:00 AM
  • FOOD!!!  There will be a BBQ lunch available prior to the Convention (YAY!) – more details will be posted at the event page.

The Proposed Agenda

  • Election of District Delegates and Alternates to the DC Milwaukee (Applications are available at accepted through March 26)
  • Election of Member (Biennial State Convention Committee on Credentials and Appeals)
  • Election of Member (Council of Review)
  • Election of Member (Resolutions and Platform Committee)
  • Nominate one Presidential Elector from the Congressional

2020 Liston B. Ramsey Dinner

(“Please pardon our TBAs – We are Still under Construction”

  • April 25, 2020, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Waynesville Inn Golf Resort
  • 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville, NC 28766, USA (MAP)
  • Cocktail/Social Hour at 4:00 PM: Dinner and Program at 5:00 PM
  • Dinner Ticket: $_TBA_; Young Dems $_TBA_


Introduction of Candidates
Key Note Address: To be announced
Presentation of the 2020 Liston B. Ramsey Awards by County
Mountain Democrat of the Year

Please join our fellow NC 11th Congressional Democrats for dinner and community fellowship. The event will follow our 2020 Congressional District Convention.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
NC CD11 Democratic Officers

Mark Your Calendars

Meet the NC11 Congressional Candidates –  Monday February 10th, 6:00 PM:  Agricultural Center, 589 Raccoon Road, Waynesville (map).  Hosted by the Haywood County Democratic Party, the candidates will participate in a debate moderated by Julia Buckner.

All 5 Democratic candidates are scheduled to participate. This is your opportunity to meet Gina Collias, Moe Davis, Michael O’Shea, Phillip Price and Steve Woodsmall.

2020 Precinct Organizational PeriodFebruary 15, 2020;  Make up day – March 14, 2020

2020 County Democratic Party Conventions Saturday, March 28, 2020

2020 District 11 Democratic Convention – Saturday, April 25, 2020 12:00 PM 

  • Registration 10:30 AM
  • BBQ Lunch 11:00 AM
  • Pisgah High School (map)

2020 North Carolina Democratic Convention – Saturday, June 6, 2020

Check the Events Page for Updates and Tickets:  You can also find information and updates of events around the district at or by following us on Facebook.

Joe Sam Queen Raleigh Report – November 24, 2019

We’re entering the Holiday Season with a recess, even though the work in the capitol isn’t done: We don’t have a True Comprehensive, Balanced Budget. We have a Constitutional System of checks and balances. When the legislature presents a budget that is inadequate or unwise it is the Governor’s, the executive branch’s, responsibility to veto it and propose a better way. Then the legislature is to consider the veto and either override it, or work toward a commonly accepted solution. This has not yet been done, even though the Governor has offered every opportunity since July to do so. North Carolina is in a historic situation of legislative delay due to the Republican Legislative Leadership’s unwillingness to negotiate.

The Governor has cooperated on a series of mini budgets, but there are still three very important issues that remain to be solved for North Carolina to get to a Truly Fair, Comprehensive, and Balanced Budget which works for all North Carolinians.

First, will we continue to deny a half million of our hardest working lowest paid citizens healthcare, which we have already paid for? Records show that over a thousand North Carolinians will actually die due to the lack of healthcare coverage. Governor Cooper believes that North Carolina is better than that. See my video.

Secondly, will we give our teachers appropriate pay raises, or will we give our wealthiest corporations another billion dollar tax cut? What will North Carolina’s priorities be, making the rich richer, or moving forward with real educational opportunities for all North Carolinians? Read more in my Town Hall Recaps.

Lastly, will we offer our citizens the opportunity to pass an Education and Infrastructure Bond, that is fair, timely, transparent and certain, or will we choose a fat political slush fund at the legislative leadership’s disposal, where investments won’t be fair, transparent, timely, or certain (the SCIF SCAM)? The Governor knows the bond is a better way.

The Governor has vetoed the Republican Conference Budget because there are much better, in fact Billions Better, options for investing in the educational, healthcare and infrastructure needs of our state.