The first vice chair of the Lee County Democratic Party resigned recently after it came to light that she was practicing therapeutic massage without a license – which is a misdemeanor in North Carolina – and had donated her services to the party as a raffle prize.

Sources tell the Rant that Gwendoyn Lee of Sanford resigned her position over the weekend after concerns arose surrounding gift certificates she’d donated to the party to be raffled away. Because Lee is unlicensed to practice, party leaders – who apparently did not become aware of the situation until last week – were reportedly concerned that offering or endorsing her services could be seen as participation in illegal activity. Massage therapists are required to be educated and licensed, at least in part to avoid injuries to patients.

Lee had been elected first vice chair in January at the Lee County Democratic Party’s county convention. Her term runs through the 2020 election cycle, meaning the party will have to convene to appoint a replacement.

Lee declined to answer questions about the situation when reached for comment.


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