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Gary Pearce says Randy Voller should resign as Democratic Party chairman

Democratic strategist Gary Pearce says N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller needs to resign after the disclosure Wednesday that he owes back taxes. On his blog Talking Politics, Pearce offers Voller some advice: "The best thing you can do for your party, state and country is resign, go back to work and pay off your taxes."

Democratic Party chairman owes thousands in back taxes

From AP: Court records show the new head of the North Carolina Democratic Party owes nearly $290,000 in back taxes and penalties.

Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller was elected party chair this month following the stinging defeats for Democrats in the November election.

Records show the North Carolina Department of Revenue in filed a 2010 lien against Voller and his wife with a remaining balance of nearly $99,000. The following year, the Internal Revenue Service filed a second lien with a remaining balance of nearly $190,000.

Voller said Wednesday his real estate development business was a casualty of the national economic downturn, which triggered a credit freeze in his industry. Voller said he is making monthly payments to the state and is negotiating with the IRS to settle his debt by year's end.

Randy Voller praises Mansfield's bid for chairman

Randy Voller, the lone remaining candidate in the race for N.C. Democratic Party chairman, sent a statement praising Sen. Eric Mansfield, who left the race Thursday.

"Over the past five weeks, Senator Eric Mansfield and I became brothers in the Democratic family," said Voller, the Pittsboro mayor.

Democratic Party chairman candidates meet in forum

The two leading candidates for the N.C. Democratic Party chairmanship will face off at a forum Wednesday in Chapel Hill.

Former state Sen. Eric Mansfield and Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller will lay out their plan to revive the crippled state party, burdened by controversial Chairman David Parker and big losses in the November election. At the town hall, Democratic activists can ask questions. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Extraordinary Ventures at 200 S. Elliott Road. It is free and open to the public.

Mansfield recently debuted a new website that lays out his vision, what he identifies as the four Ms: mobilize, message, mending and money. See his plan here.

Raleigh councilwoman says she will seek Democratic Party chairmanship

Mary Ann Baldwin, a Raleigh councilwoman, put her name in the running Wednesday for state Democratic Party chair. The party's top activists will meet Saturday to pick a new leader after Chairman David Parker announced he would step aside amid questions of his handling of a sexual harassment scandal at party headquarters.

Baldwin sent an email to Democrats that didn't mention the controversy but did promise to "Raise a little bit of hell!" when it comes to countering Republicans. (Read full letter below.)

State Sen. Don Vaughan is the other candidate in the race for chairman. But he hit early troubles after activists noted his connection to the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative policy group under fire nationally.

Sen. Don Vaughan announces bid for Democratic Party chairman

State Sen. Don Vaughan became the first Democrat to make a bid for state party chairman. In an email sent to party activists Thursday, the Greensboro attorney said "it's time for a change in Raleigh."

The current chairman, David Parker, plans to step aside later this month after a sexual harassment scandal roiled the party, forcing the quick exit of Executive Director Jay Parmley and raising questions about a secret settlement agreement Parker authorized with a former staffer.

"Now more than ever we need to keep our eye on the ball and get to work," Vaughan wrote in the email. (Read full text below.)

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