Why ‘Turn the Tide’?

The 2016 elections brought a tidal wave of Republican control to America, from D.C. to Dare County. Since then, new laws and regulations—some directed specifically at Dare County—have put our jobs, families, and health at risk.

We are weathering these barriers with the resilience and determination that have characterized people here for more than 400 years. Residents, many for the first time, have become active in all levels of government.

We have engaged in ways we never imagined to keep jobs secure, living affordable, children safe and well-educated, healthcare available and accessible, and our environment sustainable.

That’s what Dare Democrats do. We stand up for people’s rights, fight for their liberties, and tackle tough issues that affect the quality of all our lives. We champion the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness.

But we’re not the only ones standing up. Across the county, people of conscience from all political sides are joining with us. We’re putting boots on the ground, showing up, running for office, registering new voters, and reaching out to youth and the disenfranchised.

The Dare County Democratic Party is gathering a Blue Wave strong enough to turn the tide to favor the people who live here. All we need to succeed is for you to add your own resilience and determination to the effort.

We’re glad you’re here

Greetings from our chairperson

Melissa Midgett Dickerson

I love this place where I was born, where I have lived my life and now raise a family. I love the people, customs, and heritage that make the Outer Banks a place unlike any other—a place with a 400-year legacy of people not just surviving but rising above the storms of life.

You love the Outer Banks, too. You’re proud to call it home. In small shops, hotels, and restaurants, you serve the tourists who come here. For those who want to stay, you build, clean, improve, and maintain their homes.

You work the commercial-fishing jobs that underpin our economy. You navigate hazards daily and battle the elements year-round—all to provide for your family.

You tend to people’s health, financial, and recreational needs. You keep our county offices and services running smoothly. You teach, guide, and encourage our children. You ensure everyone’s safety.

But today, Outer Bankers face a political storm that challenges us to keep our heads above water. That’s why I invite you to join with the Dare County Democratic Party and help us turn the tide. We want to keep the laws, programs, and democratic institutions that sustain and empower everyone. And we want to fix the ones that don't.

Dare Democrats offer a big tent with plenty of room for diverse opinions, ranging incomes, myriad cultures, and various lifestyles. But the one thing we all share is a love for the Outer Banks—the place where we all belong.

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Candidate Profile

D. Cole Phelps, NC Senate District 1

Born and bred in Northeastern North Carolina, D. Cole Phelps is an attorney in Plymouth, NC, where he founded and now leads The Law Office of D. Cole Phelps, PLLC. In 2012, at age 24, Cole was elected to the Washington County Board of Commissioners, becoming the youngest County commissioner in North Carolina at the time. He was reelected in 2016.

Being a native of our region, Cole is personally familiar with the needs and characteristics of our communities. “Too often,” he says, “North Carolina taxpayers east of I-95 are forgotten by the General Assembly. They deserve a representative who will fight for their interests and be a strong advocate for building a vital rural economy.”

During his public service, Cole has established a reputation as a champion for education. As the first member of his family to earn a bachelor’s degree, he is personally acquainted with the obstacles to higher education and the imperative to help first-generation college-bound students. He started the D. Cole Phelps Scholarship Foundation, Inc., which has awarded numerous annual scholarships to high-school students in eastern North Carolina since 2014. The scholarships are for both community colleges and four-year universities.

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Upcoming Events

Thu 16

Phone Bank in Colington

August 16 @ 5:30 am7:30 pm
The home of Harriet Diaz 160 Watersedge Drive KDH 27948
160 Watersedge Drive
Kill Devil Hills NC 27948
Mon 20

Phone Bank in Manteo

August 20 @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm
207 Queen Elizabeth Ave., Suite 101, Manteo, NC
207 Queen Elizabeth Ave Suite 101
Manteo NC 27954
Tue 21

Phone Bank in Kitty Hawk

August 21 @ 5:30 am7:30 pm
Mon 27

August Monthly Meeting

August 27 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Nags Head Town Hall
5401 South Croatan Hwy
Nags Head NC 27959

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