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The Democratic Party of
Rutherford County, North Carolina


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

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In order to protect our member's health and in keeping with the state of emergency, we are postponing all in-person meetings. We will post information about upcoming virtual events and how to participate by phone or Internet as those plans are finalized.


The party headquarters is located at 142 West Main St., Forest City 28043.

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


Our mailing address is:

Rutherford County Democratic Party
PO Box 125
Forest City, NC 28043

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


The governing body of the Rutherford 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 any auxiliary clubs

  • All current Democratic elected officials in the county


Rutherford County Democratic Officers 2019


COUNTY CHAIR:                    Ken Jordan                         828-691=5009                    

1st VICE CHAIR:                      Esther Lusk                         973-477-3901                       

2nd VICE CHAIR:                    Eric Blanton                        828-980-4110                       

3rd VICE CHAIR:                     Regina Mapp                      828-429-3163                      

Treasurer:                                Rob Hensley                       828-429-0961                     

Secretary:                                Rae Frykberg                      828-429-7101                      


Precinct Information

The 17 Rutherford 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 for the Precincts. 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                                              OFFICERS                       PHONE                                

BOSTIC-SUNSHINE                               Volunteers Needed


CAMP CREEK-MT VERNON                  Volunteers Needed

CAROLEEN-CLIFFSIDE                         Volunteers Needed

CHIMNEY ROCK                                    Esther Lusk, Chair           973-477-3901

                                                                Jim Kokoruda, VC           229-292-1454

                                                                Ken Jordan, S                  828-691-5009

DANIELTOWN-SULPHUR SPRINGS     Colleen Grossell, Chair   704-284-0618 

                                                                David Parton, VC             828-245-7915

                                                                Libby Parton*, S               828-245-7915


DUNCAN CREEK-GOLDEN VALLEY    Rose Bevington, Chair    828-453-0796

                                                                Brenda Goforth, VC        828-248-2896

                                                                ----                                     828-248-8089

ELLENBORO                                          Anna Robinson, Chair     828-305-0500

                                                                Mindy Hill, VC                  828-429-2497

                                                                Lucy Earls, S                    828-453-8566


FOREST CITY #1                                    Volunteers Needed ​

FOREST CITY #2                                   Volunteers Needed

GILKEY-MORGAN                                  Nell Bovender, Chair         828-429-9129

                                                                Robert “Van” Dotson, VC  828-748-8215


                                                                Cynthia Dotson, S              828-289-9557

GREEN HILL                                                Eric Blanton, Chair            828-980-4110

                                                                Robert Hamilton, VC         704-732-1851

                                                                Vickie Searcy*, S               828-361-5932


HAYNES                                                 Volunteers Needed

RUTHERFORDTON #1                          Volunteers Needed

RUTHERFORDTON #2                         Volunteers Needed

SANDY MUSH                                      Volunteers Needed

SPINDALE                                               Sarah Morse, Chair          828-429-2128 

                                                                 Rob Hensley, VC             828-429-0961

                                                                 Carolyn Young, S            828-287-7211

 UNION                                                   Volunteers Needed

Rutherford County Officials

Board of County Commissioners, A policy making body which sets the budget for operations.


Bryan King

Greg Lovelace

Eddie Holland

Michael Benfield

Alan Toney

Sheriff                                      Clerk of Court                                       Registrar of Deeds

Chris Francis                           Steve H. Owens                                    Rachel Thomas

Board of Elections

Every two years the Board of Elections becomes the most important County agency in terms of Rutherford County politics. It's where you register to vote, where candidates register to run, and it runs the elections.

Mailing Address                                                   Physical Address

Rutherford County Board of Elections               298 Fairground Rd.

P.O.Box 927                                                         Spindale, NC 28160                           

Rutherfordton, NC  28139


Board Members

Frances Lockwood

Gail Parton

Brian King

Linda Smith

Robert McDowell


Dawn Lovelace is the Director of Elections and oversees the county employees and poll workers who run the elections.       

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E Pluribus Unum--

"One nation under God indivisible 

with liberty and justice for all! "