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Former state Rep. Patsy Keever to run for NC Democratic Party chair

Former state Rep. Patsy Keever of Asheville announced Wednesday that she’ll run for chair of the N.C. Democratic Party when the organization elects new leadership in February.

Keever, who currently serves as first vice chairwoman of the party, is seeking the position held by embattled chairman Randy Voller. Voller, a former Pittsboro mayor, earlier this year faced calls to resign over concerns that he owed back taxes and for firing the party’s executive director. He has not announced whether he’ll seek another term in February.

Keever disagreed with Voller when he ousted executive director Robert Dempsey in February. More recently, her name was signed on voter shaming letters that encouraged Democrats to go to the polls or face questioning about why they stayed home. Her title on the letters was listed as “Election Day coordinator.”

In a news release, Keever said she knows “what it takes to win elections,” pointing to her 2010-2012 term in the N.C. House and 12-year stint on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. Keever left the House to run unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012.

“The next two years will be a critical election cycle for North Carolina,” she said. “Everything is at stake. From the White House and the Governor’s Mansion, to the General Assembly and all the way down the ballot to local races, North Carolina Democrats have an obligation to stem the tide against Republican assaults on our middle class, public education and women.”