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Democratic wedding plans

Jerry Meek, North Carolina's Democratic Party chairman, has become engaged to Tricia Cotham, a Democratic legislator from Charlotte.

Meek, of Fayetteville, popped the question Friday night at a cabin in Bryson City, but only after clearing the schedule with Cotham's campaign manager, reports Jim Morrill of The Charlotte Observer.

Cotham, 29, is the state's youngest legislator. Meek, 37, is the nation's youngest party chairman.

The two started dating last summer, a few months after Cotham won a special election to fill the seat of disgraced House Speaker Jim Black. Cotham faces a primary on May 6 and, if she wins, a Republican challenge in November.

All that, plus the legislature's schedule, makes it hard to set a wedding date.

"So I have a little different things to think about than the average bride," she said this morning.

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