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Updated: 11:03 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2008 | Posted: 11:16 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2008
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
The party executive committee met Wednesday night at Piedmont Open Middle School in east Charlotte, and elected contractor Joel Ford to the new post.
It came after the state party ordered the county to reorganize after the controversial sheriff's election.
Still, many said Wednesday night's meeting was disorganized. Some people were contesting the ballots, there were accusations of intimidation, and reporters weren't allowed in the counting room.
"We do have a long way to go and I think to get to the point we need to be, we're going to have to have a lot of openness," said executive committee member Delores Holbrook Dixon.
The new leader said he hopes to organize the party and bring people together.
"It's been a little chaotic, yes. But we want to unify, hopefully under my leadership, and with the board's help, we can reorganize and get folks back involved and active," said Ford.
Ford beat lawyer Pender McElroy for the chairman post. Both men promise to work together.
The man at the middle of the sheriff's controversy, Nick Mackey, was on hand as a precinct chair. He said he now hopes the party can look to the future.
"I think once change occurs, things can move forward," he said.
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