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Unicoi County Democratic Party Holds Special Election April 22

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

When_Did_the_Republican_and_Democratic_Parties_Trade_Places_757_3613Erwin – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will hold a special election on April 22nd at 8:30 a.m. at Erwin Town Hall. A new Vice Chair and Executive Committee members will be elected. Anyone interested in these offices should attend this special meeting. The election will be conducted in accordance with the party Bylaws. View the party Bylaws at this link.

UCDP Elects new Officers and Executive Committee members

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Erwin – Today members of the Unicoi County Democratic Party elected new officers and Executive Committee members:

Chair – Michael Briggs
V Chair – *
Secretary – Sally Dillon
Treasurer – Brunhilde Tober

Executive Committee:
Michaela Platt
Steven Wilcox
Virginia Hampton
John Hashe
Nikki Engle
Mike K Hampton

* A special election to be held in April to elect a new Vice Chair. The newly elected V Chair was unable to serve. Date of the special election is forthcoming.

Unicoi County Democratic Party to Elect New Leaders at Reorganization Convention

Friday, February 17th, 2017

When_Did_the_Republican_and_Democratic_Parties_Trade_Places_757_3613Erwin, Tenn. — The Unicoi County Democratic Party will hold a Biennial Reorganization Convention to elect new leaders on Saturday, March 25th at 9 a.m. The meeting will take place at Erwin Town Hall.

Local Democrats will elect a new Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and the Executive Committee for Unicoi County for a two-year term. All Democratic residents who are eligible voters of Unicoi County are urged to attend to discuss the party’s agenda and events for 2017-18. During reorganization, attendees will review and adopt the County Party bylaws. We are anxious to build a stronger grassroots organization.

The Reorganization Convention is open to all Unicoi County Democrats. Attendees should arrive early to complete credentialing forms. Doors will open at 8:30 for registration and reorganization committees will meet. and be admitted to the convention prior to 9 a.m. The reorganization will be conducted in accordance with the Unicoi County Democratic Party bylaws. The bylaws can be viewed on this website at under the GOP Dirty Tricks tab at the top right side of the home page.

For more information, contact Michael Briggs at 423-341-1555 or Mike Hampton at 423-743-7608 or visit our facebook page.

Unicoi County Party Reorganization Set for March 25th

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

aaaaaaaaaaaaErwin – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will hold a Party Reorganization meeting on March 25th at 9 am at Erwin Town Hall on Main Street in Erwin, TN. The purpose of the reorganization is elect new officers and Executive Committee members. Elections will be held for the following offices: Chairman, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. New Executive Committee members will also be elected. The party Bylaws will be open for revision.

For more information on party reorganization, attend the next regular meeting of the Unicoi County Democratic Party on March 4th at 9 am at Erwin Town Hall.

Get involved and make a difference in your life and future. For more information on the Unicoi County Democratic Party visit us on facebook at this link.

Erwin Women to attend Women’s March in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

15025213_1773912992858868_3559608008422432000_oWashington – While Donald Trump can’t give away tickets to his inauguration, the Women’s March in Washington is drawing growing interest and projected massive crowds. There are sixteen times more buses requested for the March vs the inauguration. Interest in the Trump inauguration is dropping as fast as his poll numbers. His current popularity is at 37% according to recent polls.

Scores of women across Tennessee are planning to join the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place this Saturday, Jan. 21, near the Capitol. The event is expected to draw women and men alike who are concerned that women’s rights could be rolled back by Congress and the new Republican White House.

Organizers in East Tennessee have chartered three buses to take some 150 people to the rally. These buses will be leaving throughout the day on Friday. Other busloads of marchers will depart from Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga.

Erwin – Several Erwin residents will be attending the march; some are loading up their cars with women from across NE TN while others from Erwin are riding on the buses leaving from Kingsport. The Unicoi County Democratic Party is giving financial assistance to help offset cost of local women and students attending the March for Women.

Some of the Erwin marchers are supporters of Hillary Clinton but virtually all are attending because they fear the rhetoric of the campaign threatens to spill over into everyday life and deal a death blow to women’s rights. Several women are concerned with issues such as gender discrimination, reproductive rights, equal pay and the fair treatment of minorities, immigrants, gays and lesbians.

Yesterday, a group of Erwin women and their supporters observed Martin Luther King Day, in Erwin, making signs for their Washington trip. Cars will be leaving Erwin early Friday morning as they make the trip to Washington. We wish these women and their supporters a safe trip.

UPDATE: Record crowds gathered in Washington and across the nation and world to protest on behalf of people. Here are some photos from some UCDP friends who attended.




Unicoi County Democratic Party Meeting: Saturday, Feb. 27th

Friday, February 19th, 2016

UCDP MThe Unicoi County Democratic Party will meet Saturday, February 27 at 9a.m. at Erwin Town Hall.

This meeting will involve open conversation about our county party’s path forward. We will be discussing the latest about Insure Tennessee, Haslam plans for privatization of state jobs, building the county party, registering people to vote, and 2016 election year activities.

Discussion will include the 2016 Unicoi County Democratic Party Convention scheduled for March 5th at 11 am at Erwin Town Hall. Announcements on the District Democratic Convention and National Democratic Convention will also be part of the agenda. We will also discuss activities of the Tri-Cities Tennessee Young Democrats and College Democrats of America at ETSU. We will also be discussing funding/donations to these organizations.

We will discuss details of the 2016 Calendar of Events for the Unicoi County Democratic Party and meetings dates for the county party and plans to conduct phone banking for Democratic Voter turnout.

The public is welcome to attend. Get involved and help our county, state and nation move forward. For more information, call 743-7696. You can also

Unicoi County Democratic Party to Host County Delegate Convention March 5th

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016


Contact: Mike K. Hampton

Phone Number: 423-743-7696


Unicoi County Democratic Party to Host County Delegate Convention March 5

Erwin, Tenn. (February 14, 2015) – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will host its Democratic Party County Delegate Convention on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Erwin Town Hall to select the delegates from each county to the District Convention. The doors open at 12 pm and the event is open to all registered voters in the county, supporters of the Democratic Party, and those who agree to support the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2016 Presidential election. The doors will close at 1 pm and he Delegate Convention will begin. The party welcomes all who wish to participate in selecting Tennessee’s delegates to the Democratic Presidential Convention to attend.
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Information about becoming a DNC delegate and the rules governing the DNC
Delegate Selection Process may be obtained from, or from the Tennessee Democratic Party, 1900 Church St, Ste 203, Nashville, TN 37203, 615-327-9779.

Unicoi County Democratic Party “Make it Blue” Fundraiser

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Erwin – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will kick off the 2016 Presidential Campaign with a “Make it Blue” Fundraiser. The event will occur on Saturday, October 17, 2015, 11:00 am at Erwin Town Hall. The luncheon will include a menu of Chicago Dogs, homemade Chili and Apple Cobbler. The event will include a silent auction of homemade cooked cakes and pies and quality items.

The cost of tickets is $10.00 and tickets will be sold at the door. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Democrat Resource Center in Johnson City, TN. Representatives of the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sander’s Campaigns will provide those in attendance with information on area events for both candidates.

The $9.4 Million Bypass/Sky Bridge to Nowhere

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

6990_nERWIN — The Erwin bypass/bridge is complete at an estimated cost of $9.4 million.

The railroad overpass project has been ongoing for two decades and was completed this week. The project connects Tenn. Highway 107 to Main Avenue through the construction of a one-half mile “bridge” that will pass over the CSX railroad tracks that cross Second Street. Years of random complaints about traffic delays due to trains crossings on Second Street are the justification for the $9.4 million.

The overpass allows motorists to bypass the potential train delays and downtown Erwin to get from Main Avenue to Second Street, and vice versa. It does not seem to matter that you can avoid the traffic jams by driving south and/or north in minutes to bypass the train related delays.

Drive the bypass and you will enjoy a breath taking view of the Town of Erwin and the mountains. One obvious observation was startling, the bypass takes you away from downtown, a location where millions have been spent to attract folks downtown.

Of course, local officials were excited about the project being completed. These are the same officials who spent millions of taxpayer dollars on remodeling downtown Erwin in hopes of attracting people to downtown. You can toss fiscal responsibility out the window when it comes to the inconvenience of folks waiting a few minutes for a train to pass. Is the expenditure of $9.4 million justification for the demand for self-satisfaction and self-indulgence? Seems this money would have been more wisely spent for a worthwhile cause like providing the 280,000 Tennesseans with health insurance or providing needy Tennesseans with SNAP food assistance – but no, according to Republicans… that would be wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars.

Unicoi County Democratic Party Reorganization Set

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

DATE: January 17, 2015
CONTACT: Rick Smith 743-3063

Erwin – The Unicoi County Democratic Party will hold party reorganization on Saturday, March 28th at 12 pm at Erwin Town Hall. Registration will begin at 11 am. A light lunch will be served. Elections of all party officers including Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer will be held. New Executive Committee members will also be elected. Offices will be for a two year term.

Members will discuss the party agenda for 2015. This meeting is open for all in attendance to express their ideas and thoughts about the future.

All Democratic residents who are eligible voters of Unicoi County are urged to attend. All Democrats are Welcome.

The election of officers will be conducted in accordance with the Bylaws of the Unicoi County Democratic Party. A current copy of our Bylaws can be found on the home page of this website at this link.