ACDP Officers 2021- 2023

We are a small team of dedicated Democratic volunteers. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

County Chair, Elliott Lynch

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Elliott Lynch is a native of Halifax County, NC and has lived in Alamance County for 27 years. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, he owns ValuSystems Computers in Burlington. Elliott was ACDP secretary 1998-2000. He ran for Alamance County Commissioner in 1998 and 2000. Elliott ran for NC House District 64 as a Democrat in 2018. He is currently 1st VP of the NC Democratic Party Native American Caucus.

First Vice Chair, Beth Kennett

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Beth Kennett has been in the Burlington area for almost 30 years and has been
connected in many ways working to help our community be better for all who live here.

She, like many in the ACDP, has volunteered working at the polls, canvassing, phone
banking, campaigning for candidates in municipal, state, and national races. Over the past two years, she has been a part of the Candidate Outreach Committee working diligently to recruit and support a diversity of candidates. In 2021, Beth completed the Lillian’s List campaign management training and is interested in using her skills to help candidates develop who they are as authentic leaders and to create opportunities for candidates and community members to connect as we seek to develop more voters (preferably for Democratic candidates) in our area.

Beth is a Professional Certified Coach, credentialed by the International Coaching
Federation (ICF) and is an ordained minister with standing in the United Church of
Christ. Beth has worked for 16 years as an organizational consultant, coach and training facilitator; she has experience as pastor, educator, area denominational staff, conflict management facilitator, and has developed curriculum in the areas of vocation, leadership development, organizational consulting, coaching and engaging challenging conversations. Beth holds a Master of Divinity degree, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music. Over the past few years, Beth has given much of her work attention to research, development, and training to help people with well-being and resilience in order to thrive and flourish in their lives and careers.

Outside of work Beth enjoys an array of activities from learning pottery, playing with
textiles to make new things by weaving, knitting and sewing, enjoying playing music
with friends, and engaging in training and competing in track and field events in the
Senior Games (these last two areas have gotten less attention during the pandemic).
Beth is looking forward to using her gifts and skills in convening people to come
together and grow the Democratic Party’s presence in Alamance County as a positive force to improve and strengthen community life for all.

Sean C. Ewing, 2nd Vice Chair

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“My passion and drive is to represent all peoples of North Carolina. I want everyone’s vote to be heard.”

Political Experience:
– Elected City Council Member, Mebane, 2019
– Elected County Democratic Party 1st Vice Chair, Alamance, 2019
– City Council Candidate, Mebane, 2017
– Elected County Democratic Party 3rd Vice Chair, Alamance, 2017
– Elected Precinct Democratic Party Chair, South Melville, 2016
– Assisted & Advised Local and Federal Campaigns, 2015-2019 Educational Background:
– B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ohio State University, 2011
– A.S. in Avionics Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force, 2005 Military Service:
– Air National Guard 2005-2014
– United States Air Force 1999-2005

Ernest Lewis Jr., 3rd Vice Chair

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Ernest Lewis is Third-Vice Chair of the Alamance County Democratic Party.
He is a double graduate from Wake Forest University where he majored in Music and Religion as well as received a Master of Arts in Management. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. “Building a Dream Award” at Wake Forest University. Ernest is a freelance composer, arranger, conductor and musician.

He is a 2015 graduate of Elon University School of Law where he served in multiple leadership capacities. While at Elon University School of Law, Ernest served as the SBA Secretary for the 2013-2014 school year. He has served as a case manager for the school’s
Innocence Project. During the summer of 2014, he was selected to be a MLK Fellowship Intern with Legal Aid of North Carolina. This position allowed him to work a variety of clients on various public interest areas. Ernest Lewis is an Elon University School of Law
Leadership Fellow. As a Leadership Fellow, he has served in various roles, particularly as an editor, interviews editor and Co-Editor-in Chief of the Elon University of School of Law Journal of Law and Leadership. In this role, He brings a different perspective and a focus on racialjustice and equity for all. He created a band that worked with the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir and lead keyboardist at Piedmont International Church.

Ellen Edwards,Treasurer

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While I originally hail from Manteo, NC on the Outer Banks, my roots are firmly planted in Alamance County. My parents are third generation Alamance natives, growing up in Burlington and Mebane post WWII whose education and public service jobs eventually took them out east where they raised my two brothers and me. Incidentally, my education and jobs eventually brought me back to Alamance permanently in 2010.

Education: I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, Accounting from Appalachian State University in 2008, where I completed a half-semester internship with the firm in Greensboro where I eventually started my career. I then obtained my Master of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009.

Career: From 2010-2013 I worked as a financial statement and government programs auditor first for a second-tier international accounting & assurance firm, then moved into a smaller, one-office accounting firm in Chapel Hill. After tiring of the travel and nature of constantly working for different clients, I moved into the manufacturing industry as the Staff Accountant for Kingsdown in Mebane, where I spent seven years. As of May 2020, I am now the Senior Financial Analyst for Corporate & Divisional Accounting at LabCorp in Burlington.

Volunteer Experience: Growing up the child of government employees, one being a social worker, the sibling of someone intellectually disabled, and later, conducting single audits (audits of federal programs) for various cities, counties, and an American Indian Tribe is what piqued my interest in learning more about our democracy and the services our government provides for our people. Living in Greensboro I initially got involved with Young Democrats of Guilford County, and upon moving here in 2010, discovered Alamance’s own highly active Democratic party. I initially joined the old Young Democrats chapter and Democratic Women. Through these groups I eventually was appointed treasurer of YDs in 2011 and was encouraged to attend regular monthly county meetings where I was consulted on finance issues for the ACDP executive board. In 2014 I was asked to fill the 3rd Vice Chair vacancy on the executive board, and in 2015 I was elected the Secretary of ACDP. In 2017 I was elected Treasurer and have served in that capacity since. I’ve worked under the last six ACDP Chairpersons and am excited for what Elliott will bring as the seventh in my time here.

Anna Rios, Secretary

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I am originally from Chapel Hill NC and moved to Alamance in 2018. I realized very quickly I wanted to help shape Alamance into a more accepting and open minded county. I have worked with a few politicians in and outside of Alamance.

I believe that to truly ever see the sort of change we need we need to change the way politicians are perceived.

My biggest passion is motivating new voters and creating a new generation of change.  I hope that by being a part of the ACDP I can help myself and others achieve that goal.

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