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Jerome Brown, Chairman
Charles Rodman, Vice Chairman

Enid Patterson, Recording Secretary

Deborah Pridgeon, Treasurer 

James Harrison, Parliamentarian


The Wake County Voter Education Coalition was formed in the early 1970s. The following individuals were key in forming the Coalition: Vernon Malone (Wake County School Board Chairman, 1976- 1984, Wake County Commissioner, 1984-2002 [Chairman 1990-1994], and NC State Senator 2003-2009); Harold Webb (Wake County Commissioner (2003-2010); Johnnie Farmer, Roland Chippey, and James West (Wake County Board of Commissioners 2010-present). Under the leadership and keen focus of the initial Coalition goals and objectives, their political advocacy continually led to a better, stronger organization. The current WCVEC stands on the shoulders of its original members who saw that change was needed in the greater Raleigh and Wake County communities, and they set out to work toward the betterment of all Wake County citizens.


Mission and Vision Statement

The Wake County Voter Education Coalition offers a model to increase voter participation and expand citizen involvement in Raleigh/Wake County. Through citizen education and grassroots community organizations, we enable African-American and other concerned citizens to increase their power at the polls and address public issues in their neighborhoods.

Goals and Objectives

  1. The Wake County Voter Education Coalition (WCVEC) will maintain an active membership roster and continue with a regular and consistent meeting schedule.

  2. The WCVEC will collaborate with present and future community interest groups to educate, inform, and update the community-at-large about voting rights, candidates, and legislative issues and policies.

  3. The WCVEC will monitor the geographic and demographic voter base within Wake County.

  4. The WCVEC will develop and maintain active precinct structures which provide a system of block groups and precincts to get out the vote.

  5. The WCVEC will monitor baseline data on voting trends for each precinct to set specific measurable performance goals.

  6. The WCVEC will continue to promote “a collective spirit of volunteering,” and will compensate workers, when possible.

  7. The WVEC will work to strengthen the Coalition’s process for prioritizing issues and influencing public policy around high priority issues pertinent to local and statewide communities.

  8. The WCVEC will maintain an active and ongoing process to research, analyze, interpret, and manage relevant information and data.

  9. The WCVEC will promote leadership development of African American citizens in Raleigh/Wake County.

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