Hawkins inspires Dems

Published 10:32 pm Friday, September 28, 2012

Pat Hawkins, regional director of the Democratic Women of North Carolina, urged Democrats to participate in a letter-writing campaign. (WDN Photo / Mona Moore)

The Democratic Women of Beaufort County learned what a few words could do for the president in the upcoming election.
At Thursday’s monthly club meeting, Pat Hawkins, a regional director in the organization, told club members Durham County was responsible for Obama winning North Carolina in 2008.
Obama won the state by a narrow margin of 14,000 votes. Hawkins said Durham County Democrats sent 16,000 new or sporadic voters to the polls.
The group accomplished the feat through a letter-writing campaign that has since been introduced nationwide.
Hawkins encouraged Beaufort County to follow suit.
“It doesn’t have to be long. It just has to be from the heart,” she said.
Democratic Women of North Carolina has a database of newly registered or sporadic Democrats and Independents that can be shared with registered members.
Volunteers commit to sending handwritten notes expressing their reasons for supporting Obama to 20 people.
Hawkins urged the club to get involved in the campaign.
“Just think about how you’ll feel the day after the election,” Hawkins said. “I’m just so proud of both of them (the Obamas). What a travesty it would be if we didn’t reelect them.”
The Democratic women meet at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at King Chicken.