Seth Chapman, the
man known across Western North Carolina as the
best Democratic stump speaker “in the populist tradition,” will present the
keynote address at the Watauga County Democrats’ annual convention on Saturday,
April 17, in the main courtroom of the County Courthouse.
Chapman served 30+
years as the elected Clerk of Superior Court in nearby Alexander County.
He retired in 2009 and received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the
governor for his long service in public office.
Chapman was profiled
in 2007 in Nation magazine in an
article titled “Purple America,” about the resurgence of Democrats in what had
been regarded as safe “red” districts of the country. The article focused primarily
on Democratic organizing in the 5th District of North Carolina.
for all ballot offices will also be featured at the convention, from Watauga
school board to U.S. Congress. Convention delegates will also debate and vote
on a number of resolutions submitted by precinct committees.
The Convention will
be preceded at noon on April 17 by a pot-luck luncheon in the courtroom lobby.
The Convention program will convene at 1 p.m.
The event is open to elected delegates, Democrats, and