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Dems hire outreach director
Marjorie Harris' job is voter contact
Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013 2:04 pm
by Latisha Catchatoorian

RALEIGH – Marjorie Fields Harris, a seasoned political operative, is the new constituency outreach coordinator for the N.C. Democratic Party. 

“As a lifelong, proud Democrat, I am honored to have been asked to join the strong team of experienced, hardworking Democrats at the state party,” she said. “I believe that the auxiliaries and caucuses of the North Carolina Democratic Party represent the ornate and diverse fiber of our party.”  

NCDP Executive Director Robert Dempsey said he hired Harris because she “brings years of experience” that will provide support to the auxiliaries and the communities they represent. He said their goal is simple: to re-elect Kay Hagan to the U.S. Senate and pick up seats in the General Assembly. 

“The North Carolina Democratic Party continues to build a winning operation for 2014, and Marjorie will play an important role in that process,” he continued. “Marjorie will work hand in hand with our eight statewide caucuses to build an effective, organized auxiliary operation.” 

Harris has been in politics since the late 1980s when she was on the staff for the Democratic National Committee. She will aid in enhancing visibility for the party and those running, while bolstering outreach and engaging voters.  

“Through strategic vision, I plan to enhance and reinforce the work of the auxiliaries, to help them grow and thrive and, most importantly, educate voters about the toxic Republican agenda that has rendered our state nearly unrecognizable,” Harris said. 

Dempsey said everything the party does is “laser-focused” on building it up so that it can support its candidates and achieve its goals. He said now is the time to educate voters so they can hold elected leaders accountable in 2014.

“I think she is an excellent person for this position,” community activist Octavia Rainey said. “Marjorie has great experience working on a national and local level, therefore her outreach experience will be fantastic.” 

Senator Malcolm Graham said reaching out to voters and getting them to come out and cast their ballot is “a necessity” and extremely important looking towards the 2014 election. 

“This election is the line in the sand that the Democratic Party needs to draw with the Republicans being in session this past year,” he said. 

Added Dempsey: “Where some folks see difficulty, we see opportunity. Republicans have spread themselves thin in many of these legislative districts, and we have a tremendous opportunity to take back key seats in both chambers.”


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