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NC Democrats name Casey Mann new executive director

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Casey Mann was named executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Casey Mann was named executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -

Casey Mann will be promoted to executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party, WNCN learned Sunday night.

Mann has been serving as interim executive director since February. Party leaders were meeting in Greensboro Sunday and an official announcement is expected shortly.

Mann had served as state director until Robert Dempsey was fired after less than a year in the job.

The party considered Ben Chavis, one of the Wilmington 10, for the position of executive director but backed off after concerns were raised in the party.

Mann's appointment comes at a critical time for the Democrats, who have seen their influence drop to historic lows. The Republicans hold the governor's chair and vast majorities in both houses of the General Assembly.

Republicans also hold nine of 13 Congressional seats and are aiming to knock Democrat Kay Hagan out of the Senate.

The Democrats suffered another loss in recent days when Senate leader Martin Nesbitt, one of the most outspoken critics of the McCrory administration, died suddenly from stomach cancer.

Mann has extensive political experience. She worked as a volunteer in the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004, managed Ed Ridpath's run for the North Carolina House in 2006 and later managing the student newspaper at UNC-Greensboro.

She worked as a regional field director for the Triad for the Democrats beginning in September 2012 and became state director in February 2013.

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