This morning I met with Erik Corbett. He is Committee chair for the Barlett Democratic Committee and the executive assistant for the Carroll Co. Democratic Committee (CCDC).
Erik is from Mass. He has been here for 10 years. He can here originally to work at a non-profit though Attitash to run a ski program for people with disabilities.
He was a participant in the Leadership Class in 2010. He and his wife are becoming foster parents (which I think is awesome!!)
CCDC is all volunteer organization. There are 4 board members. They meet every other month. They do some fundraising, some campaigning, and some special events in the County. They also provide support to the committees of the towns. They receive support from the State Democratic party. They try to chose/find candidates for the state level representation.
Presently all the County Commissioners are republican. The State Senator for District 3 (mostly Carroll CO.) is republican. There are several 6-7 democratic representatives at the State House.
He became involved in local government because he, through personal experiences of trying to get a permit for a business, realized how important it is for local representatives to be responsive to the population and interested in helping. He indicated the when CCDC is looking for candidates for local leadership, these are the characteristics they try to identify in individuals.