The North Carolina Democratic Party has chosen a former Buncombe County commissioner as its a new leader.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that David Young was selected Saturday at the party's executive committee meeting at N.C. State University.
He replaces Jerry Meek who has led the party since 2005 and did not seek re-election. During Meek's tenure, state party candidates wrested two congressional seats from Republicans.
Kay Hagan defeated U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole and Barack Obama won North Carolina's electoral votes a first for Democrats since 1976. Young pledged to keep that momentum going.
Young was supported by Meek and newly elected Gov. Beverly
Perdue. He was chosen over 11th Congressional District Chairman
Luke Hyde and party vice chairwoman Dannie Montgomery.
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