ACDP Officers 2021- 2023

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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.

Maryanne Shanahan, First Vice Chair


Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, I am the eldest of eight children and a life-long Democrat. An activist since age 18 and a product of the 60s, my work for the Democratic Party spanned the campaigns
of every past president since Lyndon Johnson.
Education: The grateful recipient of small scholarships to undergrad and the opportunity to be in work- study programs, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY. I took graduate level courses in epidemiology at the Universidad de Panama but only recently got my Master’s degree—a Master of Arts in liberal studies from Duke University in 2018, a remarkable late-life experience

Career: I have been in the work force since I was 14 years of age and began my post-college career in White Plains and Port Chester, NY, as a public health nurse. As a nurse, I had the opportunity to live,work, travel, and volunteer outside the country. Living and working in Panama, I volunteered in Bolivia and Guatemala and traveled in Central and South America. Back in the States after almost six years, I worked for 13 years at the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization, Chicago, and had the privilege to travel, teach, and speak in Europe and Latin America. I then moved back to NewYork and lived and worked in the City, first as COO/CEO of the American Journal of Nursing Company, then as founder and president of a publishing (healthcare) management consulting firm for ten years.
Before “retiring” to Burlington in 2014, I owned and operated and was chef of an Inn in Maine for 13 years. While in Maine I founded the Maine Literary Festival and as founding chair ran the Festival for five
Related Volunteer Experience: My volunteer and activist work over the years spanned the political, civic, medical, and pastoral, and in literacy. Since arriving in Burlington, I have been active in and supportive of NAACP, ACDP, the Democratic Women’s Organization, the Augustine Literacy Project, and the pastoral care ministry at our church. In 2016, I trained as a fellow in the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign. From April of 2019 I was chair of the ACDP Voter Outreach Committee.
I am honored to have been elected as first vice chair of the Alamance County Democratic for 2021 to 2023 and to work with each and all as we focus on the challenging work ahead.

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.

Emma Kennett, Secretary

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Emma Kennett is a graduate of Wake Forest University and a former Regional Campaign Manager for the North Carolina Democratic Party. She also helped with the creation of the Young Dems of Alamance County, beginning at the end of 2019, and she is working on sustaining this group through the pandemic.  Emma is working to educate herself on being anti-racist, so that she can help apply what she learns to the Democratic Party in their work to grow and better our community, our county, and our country because we cannot help each other if we don’t work to understand and learn from one another. She is excited to help serve the Democratic Party of Alamance as their Secretary!

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