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



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

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Click the image above to donate to our annual fund drive, Big Blue Tent! 

Each and everyone who donates by Friday, June 16th will be invited to a Celebration BBQ at the My Sweet Love Vineyard in Spindale on Friday, September 15th. You will get a program listing all the 2023 donors and a poster will be displayed at our HQ next to the previous Gala-In-Place posters. This drive is the lifeblood of our operation.
YOUR generosity allows the operation of the county party and helps us begin to build up the war chest we will need in 2024. 

Y'all come on and join us under the BIG BLUE TENT! 

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Join us for our monthly General Meeting held every 2nd Thursday of the month at our HQ at 6:30pm.
Next meeting: 6/8/2023


The 2021-2023 RCDP Executive Committee with NC Senate Candidate, Cheri Beasley. 

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.

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Rutherford County Officials

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


Bryan King, Chairman

Alan Toney, Vice Chairman

Greg Lovelace

Eddie Holland

Michael Benfield

Sheriff                                      Clerk of Court                                      Registrar of Deeds

Aaron Ellenburg                       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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