If the Democratic Party in Nash County wants to make a move, this fall is the time to do it, said Rosita Wiggins, president of the Nash County Democratic Women at their second annual Afternoon Tea event.
With more than 20 Democratic candidates on the ballot for the upcoming elections, Wiggins, pleased by the turnout, said if people get out and vote, there is no ceiling to what the party can accomplish.
“We have the opportunity to turn Nash County inside out, upside down and back to blue,” Wiggins said. “The Nash County Democratic Womens’ Afternoon Tea was created as a vehicle to bring women together in a social environment. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, it has become our signature fundraiser. This event has strengthened our ability to more generously support our Democratic Party candidates, as well as others who support our progressive values and democratic principles.”
Among those in attendance was N.C. Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, who said events like these give her hope for the future.
“It is just exciting for me to see how much we have grown the involvement of the Democratic women in the county and the fact that we come out ourselves,” Bryant said. “Then we have friends that come from all around to celebrate with us, the Democratic Party and our candidates for the election and to get ready for a victorious campaign season. As a candidate, there is nothing that can be more exciting.”
Also at the event were a pair of N.C. Supreme Court Justices: Justice Robin Hudson and Justice Cheri Beasley, who spoke about the importance of the upcoming elections.
“It really is Democratic women who lead the way in helping people understand the importance of these elections, and yes, the importance of judiciary elections,” Beasley said. “Outside groups are so intent on having the kind of influence that they are seeking.”
Donations from its members has allowed the group to give more than $3,000 to various candidates, Wiggins said.
Donating more money is just one of the goals the group has, Wiggins said.
“We are trying to increase our membership to 250 this year,” Wiggins said. “We are over 100 right now.”
While Wiggins said she was pleased with the turnout at Sunday’s event, which was held at the Benvenue Country Club, she hopes these women will turn out at the elections in November.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct a quote by Rosita Wiggins that was incorrectly reported in the original version.