Below are brief bios on the people who have declared candidacy for GCDP offices (as of April 7, 2021). The bios were written and submitted by the candidates and can be seen below. If you are interested in running for one of the GCDP Officer positions, please email notice of your intention to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a 100-word introduction and photo to go in the weekly eblast. Nominations also will be taken from the floor.
- Retired GCS principal
- Logistics captain 2018 Get Out the Vote
- Greensboro poll greeter coordinator 2020
- Membership Democratic Women
- Member LGBTQ caucus
- Training and experience
- Leading efficient and effective organizations
- Developing and implementing strategic plans
- Conflict management
- Building consensus
- Unify the party in order to be a true force in flipping NC blue
- Work with other groups, i.e., Indivisible, etc., so that we are not duplicating efforts
- Provide training and leadership opportunities for others
- Develop ways to immediately connect and integrate new members
For more information: email@example.com
First Vice Chair
Hello, I am Brandon Gray running to be Vice Chair of the Guilford County Democratic Party. I was the 2020 Democratic Nominee for NC House District 62 and received over 22,000 votes. If we want to flip NC blue we have to start right here in Guilford County. We have to build strong community relationships with our precincts by meeting people right where they are. It’s time we usher a new generation of leadership to the table to broaden our ever growing party. To listen and lift up all voices while fighting for progress. I hope to have your support.
Second Vice Chair
I am a lifelong resident of Greensboro, North Carolina, and a proud graduate of North Carolina A&T (Aggie Pride). I received a bachelor’s in history and a bachelor’s in political science. I am currently obtaining my Master’s in Government with a concentration in Democracy Studies and Political Communications. I came to be a member of the Democratic party through interning for Nicole Quick in 2019, becoming secretary in January 2020. I am an active member of the NAACP and Guilford For All. I am a community organizer/political advocate in my professional life for multiple causes.
For more information: Celesterosecorn98@gmail.com
My name is Andre’ Surgeon and I am running for Second Vice Chair for the GCDP. I have been the chair of precinct G72 for the last two years. Prior to COVID-19 I was attending monthly cluster meetings where I was able to learn and engage in meaningful conversations with Democrats, such as Senator Gladys Robinson, and Mayor Nancy Vaughn. I was the vice chair of G72 for two years, and poll greeted in numerous elections. My greatest strength is that I am able to bring together diverse people to unite on particular issues. Vote for Andre’ Surgeon!
Third Vice Chair
I am Venkatakrishnan Parlikad (Krish).
Myself and my wife Raji live in Whitsett.
I am an immigrant from India and came to NC in 2012 and became a Naturalized Citizen in 2018.
Currently I am running my own Insurance Agency,
I have been very active in the political field in India and would like to be active here too.
I am a strong believer in the values of liberty, equality, and fraternity.
I find that income disparity and poverty are causing a lot of problems in our country.
I am Deborah Ford running to be 3rd Vice Chair of the Guilford CountyDemocratic Party. I presently serve as Vice Chair precinct G09. I worked on President Clinton’s campaign and also was a Delegate at the National Democratic Convention 1996. I was Vice Chair for the Young Democrats Darlington County 1994-1996. I worked on the Congress Clyburn campaign when he first ran for office. My great desire is to work to see diversity in the Democratic Party. I am a new member of The African-American Caucus of the Guilford County Democratic Party. I have lived and worked in Guilford County since 2006.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Yvette Bailey, and I am running for Secretary of the GCDP.
Bachelor of Arts Degree:
- African American Studies
- Secretary for 9 Organizations
- Precinct Chair G52-5 years
- Democratic Women of Guilford County-3 years
- Sherriff Danny Rogers, District Attorney Avery Crump, Congresswoman Kathy Manning, Mayor Nancy Vaughn, and Commissioner Melvin “Skip” Alston
Worked with Officers of GCDP:
- Bess Lewis, Betsy Fox, Nicole Quick, Pete Shaw, and Adrienne Spinner
- Board of Elections Assistant and Judge-2 years
- Canvassing, Poll Greeting, Phone Banking, and Voter Registration
Vote for Yvette Bailey-Secretary for GCDP
Hello, my name is Lori Brashers and I am running to be Treasurer of the Guilford County Democratic Party. I moved to the Greensboro area in 2018 and live in Jamestown. In 2019, I became the Precinct Chair of JAM2 and I have been serving as GCDP Treasurer for the last three months. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and have worked for Pinnacle Environmental Management Support for 25 years. In that position, I have worked or managed in an Accounting role and can provide trusted, organized and detailed skills to the Treasurer position.
Greensboro Vice Chair
Hello, my name is Sharon Graeber. I am a candidate for Greensboro Vice Chair. Active in Precinct G73 since my return to Greensboro in 2003, I served as Greensboro Vice Chair from 2005 to 2007 and GCDP Secretary from 2014 to 2017. Fall of 2020 I was tasked with planning and implementation of the Candidate Car Caravan through Greensboro, which was a major success. I am ready to work and place the lessons I have learned into action within the framework of ever changing covid restrictions. These challenges present new opportunities for community-based organizing and outreach. Now let’s get busy!
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High Point Vice Chair
My name is Mitzi Turner a lifelong Democrat. I am running for High Point Vice Chair. I have been active in politics for many years, volunteering for different candidates, poll observing and working as a Democratic Greeter. During the 2020 election I worked at the High Point headquarters when I wasn’t working at the polls. I am an active member of Democratic Women of Guilford County. I seek to continue to promote the Democratic agenda in our local community and across the state.
Rural Vice Chair
Current position – Precinct Chair, SDRI, SEC Member
I have been a greeter, observer, canvassing and door-knocking, and office helper in during election.
Recently, we’ve seen a significant influx of immigrant population in NC especially, Guilford County and these immigrants have played a pivotal role in positioning our Democratic Party strongly in this recent election.
Since, I can fluently speak more than four languages, I can effectively communicate with those people and persuade them to join our party.
I have enthusiasm, time and energy to work for party I’m expecting an active support from all of you.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 855-8581