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Carter County Democratic Party
County Democratic Party
Elizabethton Democratic Party
Sid Davidson, chairman of the Carter County Democratic Party, said the turnout was about what he expected.
He admitted surprise that 5,587 Carter County citizens voted for Barack Obama for president. We got 25 percent of the vote, and that's pretty good," said Davidson.
County Democratic Party Chairman Sid Davidson said he puts little stock in polls until he sees the final one on Nov. 2."It is the November vote that counts," said Davidson. Davidson said the president had endorsed the implementation of higher co-payments in health plans for veterans and pushed the closure of 10 VA hospitals in the United States.Democrats have questioned Bush's military record with the Texas Air National Guard and alleged discrepancies in his service time.Republicans have also questioned Kerry's military record during his service in the Vietnam War and accused him of "flip-flopping" on issues.Davidson said the public debate on the candidates military records had drawn the public's attention away from issues such as veterans' affairs, the ongoing War on Terror, and domestic issues.He also scoffed at the notion that Kerry's ambiguous voting reflected indecision."I can change my mind tomorrow if I feel it is the wrong decision," Davidson said.Davidson also took aim at the Republican-dominated Carter County Commission and its inability to pass a county budget.The commission has deadlocked over how to fund an expansion of the Carter County Jail under the county's 2005 fiscal year budget.A federal court earlier this year mandated the county construct temporary housing to relieve overcrowding at the jail.Twenty of 24 county commissioners were elected either as independent or Republican candidates. "It appears the Republicans have quite a grip on the County Commission," said Davidson."It also appears our county is in as bad a shape financially as our country is."The commission's Budget Committee has met 11 times this year trying to form a funding plan that will almost inevitably include a property tax raise of at least 30 cents to the existing $2.22 rate.Davidson said if Republican rhetoric touting the party as wise stewards of public money was legitimate, the commission would be more united on funding the county's needs."If they are going to make hay," said Davidson, "they ought to act together as a party."
Elizabethton Democratic Party Chairman Sid Davidson said Sunday the party will set a date for the opening after official announcements of candidates are made during the Democratic Convention held this week in Boston. Davidson said the Democratic Party's office is open regularly during morning hours, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and those who have questions or need information can call the office at 543-5354.
"This party is alive and well," said Sid Davidson, Chairman of the Carter County Democratic Party. However, one onlooker was not so optimistic."The Democrats have a great chance in November to take back the House and Senate.If they don't do it in November, they're finished.They need to win in November badly," he said. Prior to the candidates and their representatives speaking, Davidson paid tribute to Raymond Bautista, who died this week.
However, Sid Davidson, chairman of the Carter County Democratic Party, said it was his understanding the speaking engagement was still on.