RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The chairman of the North Carolina Democrats wants the public to know how he's going to lead his party to prominence again after two poorly-performing election cycles.

Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller scheduled a news conference Thursday at state Democratic Party headquarters in Raleigh to outline his vision for the party's future and goals during his two-year term.

The party's State Executive Committee narrowly chose him as chairman last weekend over former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, who was drafted as an 11th-hour candidate after former state Sen. Eric Mansfield dropped out of the race late last month. Voller won by 11 votes out of more 600 cast.

Democrats lost majorities in the General Assembly in the 2010 elections and ceded the Executive Mansion to Republican Pat McCrory in November.

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