Norma G. Carpenter changes party affiliation to support Vernon Robinson
For the first time since registering to vote in 1972, Marshville Town Councilmember Norma G. Carpenter is officially affiliated with the Republican Party.
Carpenter changed her registration Thursday, Feb. 2, at Marshville Family Dentistry, where she is currently office manager. Vernon Robinson, Congressional candidate for the 8th District, was there to support her as she filled out the change of party form.
“I think it’s fantastic that I’m able to work with Norma to push the conservative agenda forward,” Robinson said.
When Carpenter originally registered to vote 40 years ago, she registered as a Democrat at the advice of her father. However, Carpenter said she has always studied candidates on both sides of the race, choosing to vote for whom she thinks would best fit the position.
“I’ve never voted straight ticket,” Carpenter said. “I’ve always voted for the person, be it Democrat or Republican. I study my candidates, and I always have since I was 18.”
Some years ago, Carpenter changed her party affiliation from Democrat to unaffiliated in order to be eligible to vote in the Republican Primary. But lately, her desire to attend some of the Republican Party meetings has outweighed her desire to remain unaffiliated.
“Now I want to be a Republican for real,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter also changed her party affiliation to better support Robinson, whom she is officially endorsing.
“I’ve been intending to do this for a while, and when I met Vernon, that just prodded me on to get it done,” she said. “I think he’s a good man for the job.”
While she doesn’t know what influence her change could have on the citizens of Marshville, a majority of whom are Democrats, Carpenter is excited about being one more supporter of the Republican Party and hopes her contribution to the party will help Robinson succeed in May and November.
“I want to support Mr. Robinson in any way I can,” Carpenter said.