Newly elected officers of the Nash County Democratic WOmen are, from left,Rosita Wiggins, president, Laura O'Neal, vice president and Mary Ward, secretary,. Not pictured is Molly Winstead, treasurer.К

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Newly elected officers of the Nash County Democratic WOmen are, from left,Rosita Wiggins, president, Laura O'Neal, vice president and Mary Ward, secretary,. Not pictured is Molly Winstead, treasurer.К

Nash Democratic Women elect new officers

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The Nash County Democratic Women elected Rosita Wiggins as the group’s new president for 2014.

In purely political terms, the new team of officers elected by the Nash County Democratic Women bring advocacy experience at all levels of government and industry. Following two years of exceptional leadership as president, Laura O’Neal was elected vice president. The new officers also include Secretary Mary Ward and Treasurer Molly Winstead.

Highly respected for her leadership and her ability to collaborate across the political spectrum, Laura’s support of Rosita will be invaluable for the duration of her term. Like O’Neal and Wiggins, Ward and Winstead have a wealth of experience in political organizing and are deeply committed to the enduring values of democracy.

As the new president, Wiggins brings years of experience as a leader and organizer. Her leadership of “Women for Obama” was highly effective in organizing groups in Nash and Edgecombe counties, attracting over 250 volunteers. As a powerful women’s advocate and retired corporate leader, she intends to increase membership and reenergize the Nash County Democratic Women in ways that create a radical change in the democratic process for the common good of all the citizens of Nash County and beyond.

The Nash County Democratic Women has been in existence for more than 20 years and has established an enviable track record of reshaping the fiber of politics for women in the county and the State. In 2012, the Nash County Democratic Women was highly instrumental in turning the county blue, spreading the gospel of democracy and mobilizing women around a progressive political agenda. In outlining her future agenda, President Wiggins said,

“We intend to make the Nash County Democratic Women the epicenter in our continued struggle for democracy in Nash County,” Wiggins said. “Given the enormous challenges we face locally and in the state legislature, we cannot afford the luxury of maintaining the status quo.”

In this bitter era of attacks on women’s rights, the right to vote and the right to live in a more humane, just and democratic society are paramount. It is time for women to come together as a politically powerful force for change.