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Democrats will meet on Sunday
Interest peaking for committees
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Forsyth County News
There’s going to be a whole lot of shaking going on in Forsyth County’s Democratic Party over the next month.

The change begins Sunday with the local party’s county committee membership election.

A dozen vacant committee seats are expected to be filled during the meeting, said Marie Anderson, party chairwoman.

“Right now, we’re just trying to fill our seats, which we have not been able to do in the past because we just haven’t had enough people who were interested in running and participating,” she said.

“But this time, we’ve got lots of people wanting to run — more people than we have open seats for — so that’s really exciting, because that’s never happened with us before.”

The party currently has 18 committee members. Their two-year terms won’t expire until 2010. The terms of new members will last until 2011.

At full force, the group can have up to five members from each of the county’s five districts, plus an additional five at-large members.

Anderson said committee members are responsible for voting on all party business, including the executive board. They also occupy three seats at the state party level.

New members take office April 1, giving them less than three weeks to decide who among them is best suited for a leadership role.

Only committee members can run for executive office, according to Anderson, who said she won’t seek re-election.

Wilma Turner, vice chairwoman of the party, has also decided to give up her seat.

Both women said they will remain active as committee members, but would like to see some fresh faces.

“I want to see some of the [President Barack] Obama workers come in and help us out,” she said. “There were quite a few of them ... and I’m really hoping that some of them will be there.”

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