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Rowan Democrats select new chairman

Rowan County’s Democrats have new leadership.
The Rowan County Democratic Party selected a new chairman — Geoffrey Hoy — last week. Hoy was previously the first vice chair of the party and slid up one spot to replace Valeria Levy, who left the position to take care of family matters. Hoy is also the president of Rowan County’s Senior Democrats and the chairperson of West Ward 2.
Hoy was selected by the Rowan County Democratic Party’s executive committee.
Hoy commented on his selection by thanking Levy and saying he was ready to get to work.
“I’ve got a lot of work to do and I’m excited about my new role,” Hoy said. “I wish Valeria well and thank her for her service.”
As the chairman of the Rowan County Democratic Party, Hoy said his duties would include presiding over executive and county meetings as well as a multitude of other duties.
With Hoy moving into a new position, Vera Avery will step into his former, first vice-chair slot.
He moved to the Salisbury area in the fall of 2009 and is a retired Lutheran pastor. Hoy was born in Wisconsin.
“We decided to move here because Salisbury was a good place to live,” Hoy said. “It’s really an amazing community for culture and art.”
The Democratic party is the second largest in Rowan County at just over 30,000. Republicans are the largest at slightly more than 37,000 total registered voters.
Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246

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