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Jeff Doctor stands in solidarity with the working families of the Ninth District

Jeff Doctor received a tremendous crowd response as he marched in The Charlotte Labor Day Parade.  Congressmen Larry Kissell and Mel Watt along with Jeff doctor proudly marched in the parade. One candidate clearly absent today was Sue Myrick.

Sue Myrick can’t defend her shameful record against assisting American Workers and Veterans so she chooses to stay home.
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College Democrats of America hold convention at UNC-Charlotte

Reposted from WBTV.com By David Whisenant
Reposted from WBTV.com
By David Whisenant

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – As Charlotte gears up to possibly host the Democratic National Convention, students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are currently holding their own convention.

The College Democrats of America are meeting through the weekend at UNCC in northeast Charlotte.

More than 250 CDA members from more than 100 colleges and universities across the country will attend this year’s convention.

Students will participate in training sessions and will hear from elected officials and top activists within the Democrat party.

While Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was on the why into the room, UNCC senior Ashlei Blue was working the room, handing out posters for Charlotte’s 2012 DNC bid.

“This convention would be a nice step towards us receiving the bid for the big deal, which is the DNC in 2012,” Blue told WBTV.

This convention of college Democrats from across the country is meant to energize students to get out and vote, and that’s tougher in a year with no presidential contender.

There were big names like Senator Claire McCaskill live on video, and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, in person.

Kaine isn’t just a high profile Democrat, he’s the head of the DNC, so it’s another way for Charlotte to say hey look at me.

And in 2008 the DNC met in Denver, the same city that hosted this College Democrats of America convention, can you read anything into that?

“No, you really can’t, ” Kaine told WBTV’s David Whisenant.  “Like we’re doing a DNC meeting, the entire DNC is meeting a month from now in St. Louis, that also is completely coincidental, so we’ve got a hard decision to make and we’re still months away from it.”

This convention wraps up a busy week for Charlotte’s DNC bid, and Mayor Anthony Foxx says Charlotte made a strong case.

“Charlotte put its best foot forward,” Fox said.   “All of us need to be very proud of the city in which we live, and in many ways being in this final group is an affirmation of the investments being made in our city over 20-25 years.”

Now the challenge is see where Kaine and the others on the DNC team want to be in 2012.

Kaine did tell WBTV that the final decision will come after election day in November, probably late 2010 or early 2011.

The College Democrats of America convention continues at UNCC through Sunday.

For more information on Jeff Doctor’s campaign, please visit www.JeffDoctorforCongress.com

Jeff Doctor Campaign Kickoff Dinner

On Thursday March 25, 2010, The Jeff Doctor for Congress Committee along with Guest Host Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers threw the official Campaign Kickoff Dinner at the stunning Aloft Hotel in Uptown Charlotte.  The night was a complete success, attended by enthusiastic 9th district voters and supporters of Jeff Doctor’s campaign.

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Steve Smith took the podium first to speak about how he and Jeff first met and how their friendship has remained strong over the years.  He then introduced Jeff Doctor, who took the stand to give an emotional, heartfelt account of how his father’s hard work and perseverance made Jeff the man he is today.  He spoke about the kind of change that is desperately needed in the 9th district and how he can draw on his strengths to bring about that change.  The official announcement of his candidacy for North Carolina’s 9th district was met with cheers and applause.

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Guests enjoyed BBQ and had the opportunity to voice their ideas and concerns to Jeff Doctor face-to-face.  Thank you to Steve Smith for graciously donating autographed footballs for the event!

Myrick Mute on 9th District Unemployment

As out of work Americans voice their anger over sky rocketing unemployment numbers, members on Capitol Hill frantically search for solutions to promote industry and create jobs. Sue Myrick’s solution for North Carolina’s 9th District… silence.

 Charlotte, NC — Sue Myrick, Republican seat holder of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, has taken a hands off approach to the unemployment crisis. Under her tenure, job loss is seeing record highs in the district, which is at the heart of America’s textile and manufacturing industry. For District 9 that means that almost 60% of the US textile industry has disappeared since 2000, costing Mecklenburg county residents thousands of jobs. In 2008, when Charlotte based Wachovia was overtaken by San Francisco based Wells Fargo, Myrick was asleep at the wheel while thousands lost jobs. Gaston County’s unemployment rate soared from 5.5% in 2007 to a staggering 13.9% by Christmas 2009, and Mecklenburg County saw its rate skyrocket from 4.5% to 11.2% in the same period. This unprecedented job loss has taken a devastating toll on the families in North Carolina. According to a report in the Charlotte Business Journal, there were 1,150 foreclosures filed in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord area in November 2009, up 58.4% from 2008. Where Americans look to their leaders to ease unemployment, Sue Myrick hasn’t even protected jobs. She’s lost them.
Jeff Doctor, Myrick’s sole opponent for the 9th District seat says, “She has become out of touch with the people of Mecklenburg, Union, and Gaston counties after 8 terms and 16 years as a Washington DC insider.” Doctor illustrates her ineffectiveness as a leader citing that “none of the 10 bills she sponsored have made it into law, and of the 257 bills she co-sponsored, only 3 became law.”

What’s more confusing is Myrick’s strategy to stimulate job growth: no strategy. Her website claims that job creation is among her “priorities”. What follows the rhetoric is a list of links to local chamber of commerce websites. Sue’s voting record seems to paint a different picture. Since at least 2000 she has voted consistently on measures that led to the inevitable outsourcing of thousands of her own constituents’ jobs, such as voting to allow the US to extend permanent trade relations with China and voting to remove duties on South American imports, making it cheaper to import textiles and manufactured goods and that has cost us North Carolinian jobs.

Native American Small Business Owner Jeff Doctor To Run For Congress

Myrick Caught “Asleep At The Wheel” On Driving Jobs To District 9

(Charlotte, NC) Native American small business owner Jeff Doctor will announce on Monday February 22, 2010 that he is running for Congress in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

“In these tough economic times, we need more leaders in Washington who understand economic development and what it takes to create jobs.  As a small business owner, I understand the challenges that North Carolina families and small businesses are facing on a daily basis.” Doctor said.  “I’ve been active in this community and have been involved in a number of small businesses.  I had to work my way up so I know what it means to work hard and struggle to make ends meet.”

Doctor said, “People are tired of the Washington style politicians driving this district in the wrong direction. Sue Myrick has been asleep at the wheel not working to protect a strong economic presence in this region. I want to protect the businesses that exist now and accelerate the focus on helping local entrepreneurs create jobs”

He also noted he will focus on promoting renewable energy, veteran’s issues and making sure the federal government is more fiscally responsible.   The Doctor campaign’s website is www.JeffDoctorforCongress.com

“This isn’t Sue Myrick’s seat in congress, it belongs to the people of Mecklenburg, Gaston and Union counties,” Doctor said.  “I will fight for North Carolinians in Washington and will work tirelessly to bring major industries and small businesses to North Carolina.”

Jeff Doctor is a community leader and a successful entrepreneur, who’s current work includes health care for Native Americans with diabetes. An investor and owner of small businesses, Doctor knows what it takes to create jobs. Doctor’s experience included working as a baggage handler and domestic violence counselor to starting a number of successful small businesses in the Charlotte area. Doctor is the son of a Vietnam Veteran and a proud Native American. He and his wife Allyson live in Charlotte and have an 11 year old daughter, Chloe.