Buncombe County Democratic Women’s Presenter for the month of August is Darlene Azarmi. She is the coordinator for WNC Democracy North Carolina, which is the state’s most respected source of impartial data on the role of money in politics, voter participation and good government. They use their research to inform voters and to strengthen their advocacy, organizing and civic engagement strategies.
Their research has exposed corruption; inspired stricter ethical standards for elected officials, improved campaign finance reporting rules and confirmed the positive effects of electoral reforms on democracy in NC.
They serve as research partners to other good government organizations as well as the government itself. Other organizations have used their research data to identify voting patterns and areas where targeted voter education is needed, to track campaign finance patterns and to highlight areas where new ethical regulations are needed. Democracy NC will continue to follow the money trail in NC politics, especially the impact of special interests on public policy and explore how electoral policy and voting patterns affect the quality of life that NC offers.
Some of the statics that they have uncovered are:
- 15% of people in NC live in poverty
- 10% of white NC residents live in poverty.
- 26% of African-American NC live in poverty.
- 26% of Latino residents in NC live in poverty.
- 23% of children in NC under age five live in poverty.
- 11% of the total income earned by the lowest earning 20% of state taxpayers is consumed by state and local taxes.
- 7% of the total income earned by the wealthiest 1% percent of state taxpayers is paid in state and local taxes.
We are looking forward to having a great turn out to hear this important information and learn how we can help Democracy North Carolina.
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