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.


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                          E-MAIL                                           PHONE                                

BOSTIC-SUNSHINE                               Available


CAMP CREEK-MT VERNON                  Available


CAROLEEN-CLIFFSIDE                         Jerry Wease, Chair             704-300-6922

                                                                Jason Wease, VC                         828-305-4505



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                                    Racquel Hampton, Chair  828-962-8606

                                                                Shalyn Hampton*, VC                                                               828-447-2863

                                                                Carolyn Camp, S                                                                       828-447-1287

FOREST CITY #2                                   Available

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                                                 Available

RUTHERFORDTON #1                           Michael Lane, Chair                  828-288-2658

                                                                Margaret Dwiggins, VC           828-429-2365

                                                                Marc Gaddy, S                            336-416-4094

RUTHERFORDTON #2                          Available

SANDY MUSH                                        Phyllis Washburn, Chair   828-395-0943

                                                                Tyrell Peeler*, VC      828-829-6012

                                                                Leslie James, S           828-395-7561

SPINDALE                                               Sarah Morse, Chair                828-429-2128 

                                                                 Rob Hensley, VC             828-429-0961

                                                                 Carolyn Young, S             828-287-7211


 UNION                                                   Available

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 Fairgrounds Rd.

P.O.Box 927                                                         Spindale, NC 28160                           

Spindale, NC  28139


Board Members

Frances Lockwood

Gail Parton

Brian King

Linda Smith

Robert McDowell


Debbie Bedford is the Director of Elections and oversees the county employees and poll workers who run the elections.       

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. 

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.

Our Representative in Raleigh


Our Governor is Roy Cooper, a Democrat who was elected in 2016 and will be up for re-election in 2020. Governors are term-limited to two four-year terms.

Our Representative in the State General Assembly is David Rogers, a Republican from Rutherfordton who represents the 112th district.

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.