Citizen participation is vital to American democracy. It is how we uphold Abraham Lincoln’s pledge that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Through meaningful participation, we ensure our government stays in the hands of the people and safeguard our rights to free and fair elections. By getting involved, we guarantee equal justice for all, protect our civil rights, and advance the well-being of our society and economy. We preserve our environment for future generations.

Participating in the Dare County Democratic Party gives you a voice in the political processes and decisions that affect you. You get the knowledge and the muscle to turn the tide against the chaos in today’s government. There are many ways to serve your town, county, state, and nation. Consider some of the following.

Get involved in your local precinct

The grassroots efforts that lead to change begin right in your neighborhood. Start early in the year by attending your Democratic precinct’s meeting to elect the chair, vice-chair, and treasurer for your precinct. Nominate candidates, volunteer yourself, or sign up to represent your precinct at county and district meetings. Join in your precinct’s get-out-the-vote efforts, and connect with your neighbors.

Take part in monthly party meetings

You can also participate in the DCDP’s monthly meetings. Typically held at 6:30 on the fourth Monday, the meetings feature interesting speakers and updates on current issues and initiatives. They also provide a public forum for expressing your concerns and views.

Serve on a party committee

Most of DCDP’s outreach work is performed by talented and skilled people on the Communications Committee. The all-volunteer team consists of seven subcommittees that handle our website, newsletter, social media, public relations, videos, photography, and letter writing. 

Other work is also performed by individual and group volunteers. This includes coordinating volunteers and organizing events and fundraisers.

Join an auxiliary organization

The party has auxiliary groups that also hold regular meetings. Their upcoming schedules can be found on the Calendar page, in our newsletter, and on our Facebook page.

  • Democratic Women of Dare—This group of women and men largely focuses on fundraising efforts. It holds monthly dinner meetings during the off season (Sept-May).
  • Progressive Democrats of Dare County—Formed after the 2016 elections, this active group is part of the state’s new Progressive Democrats Caucus.

Participate in local government

There are many ways to take part in town and county government on the Outer Banks. Both the county and all six towns hold regularly scheduled meetings of their governing boards. The meetings are open to the public, and public comments are welcomed. You can also volunteer to serve on a town committee or board. Each governing body has a website that explains much of the body’s functions, and most sites offer online applications you can download.

Dare County

Board of Commissioners Meeting Room, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC 27954; phone: 252-475-5000

Town of Duck

Duck Administrative Office, 1200 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949; phone: 252-255-1234  Town of Duck

Town of Kill Devil Hills

Administration Building Meeting Room, 102 Town Hall Drive, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948; phone: 252-449-5300

Town of Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk Town Hall (unless otherwise noted), 101 Veterans Memorial Drive, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949; phone: 252-261-3552

  • Town Council meetings & members — Held on the first Monday at 6:00 p.m. Anyone may speak on any subject during the public comment portion of the meeting. Council consists of five members.
  • Boards and committees — Several citizen advisory boards and committees are open to residents who want to volunteer. An application form is available for download.

Town of Manteo

Town Hall, 407 Budleigh St., Manteo, NC 27954; phone: 252-473-2133

Town of Nags Head

Nags Head Town Hall, 5401 South Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC 27959; phone: 252-441-5508

Town of Southern Shores

5375 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Southern Shores, NC 27949; phone: 252-261-2394

Volunteer at an issue-oriented nonprofit group

Dare County is home to nearly 200 nonprofit organizations as well as unincorporated groups that focus on politics and our community. You can find a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities at Common Good Outer Banks. The following is a partial list.

  • League of Women Voters of Dare County — Encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
  • Surfrider Foundation, Outer Banks Chapter — Fights for clean beaches and oceans, tackling local ocean environmental issues through conservation, activism, research, and education.
  • NC Coastal Federation — Focuses on protecting and restoring North Carolina’s coast, and advocates for an accessible, healthy, productive coast.
  • North Carolina NAACP — Works to ensure all people have equal political, educational, social, and economic rights and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination.
  • ACLU of North Carolina — Works in North Carolina’s courts, General Assembly, and communities to protect civil rights and liberties.