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Democratic Party settles internal dispute regarding chairman

A month after four Democratic Party members filed a petition against state Chairman Randy Voller the two sides came to an signed agreement to resolve the dispute.

Petitioners John D. Burns, Greg Flynn, Treva R. Johnson and Montica Talmadge had accused Voller on May 8 of breaking party rules after he fired the party’s executive director and appointed himself interim executive director. They wanted him removed from the interim director post.

But in the settlement agreement, Burns, Flynn, Johnson and Talmadge agreed to compromise with Voller. They recognized several “ambiguities” in party rules on the subject, and Voller agreed to “seek advice and input from a broad cross-section of the Democratic Party” for further decisions. Voller also will terminate fundraising contracts with his allies, Jim Neal and Michael Carmichael, by the end of the month. One of his appointees, William Franklin, to the party's Executive Council will also step down.

The Democrats said they need to focus on getting U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan re-elected, instead of focusing on internal party disagreements.

--Annalise Frank, staff writer


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