Elizabeth City, N.C. – NCDP Chair Wayne Goodwin continued his rural listening tour yesterday, with stops in Wilson, Pasquotank, and Currituck counties to hear from rural North Carolinians. The Rural NC Listening Tour is focused on communities that have been left behind by today’s economy and includes honest discussions about the priorities of rural North Carolina and how Democrats can earn their vote this fall.
- In Wilson County, Chair Goodwin attended a breakfast hosted by the Wilson County Democratic Party where heard from local constituents about the need for investment in early childhood education, especially in eastern North Carolina.
- In Elizabeth City, Chair Goodwin met with community leaders, elected officials, and local party leaders, and heard from citizens concerned with bringing new jobs to eastern NC, investing in public education, and new policies to support the African American Community.
- In Perquimans County, Winfall Mayor Fred Yates and the Eastern Civic League hosted a Town Hall where residents expressed frustration with the lack of small business loans and tax breaks for minority business owners. Chair Goodwin recommitted to ensuring that Democrats will fight to support small businesses throughout the state.
- In Currituck County, Chair Goodwin heard from concerned citizens worried about the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan and the lack of investment in local infrastructure. Chair Goodwin reiterated Governor Cooper’s “Not Off Our Coast” position and challenged current and future NCGA members to push for the state to invest in the Outer Banks.
“Thank you to eastern NC for hosting me for another stop on our Rural NC Listening Tour and for sharing your concerns and priorities, including keeping our coasts pristine and beautiful,” NCDP Chair Wayne Goodwin said. “Democrats are committed to listening to rural North Carolinians from Murphy to Manteo and I look forward to many more productive conversations about our shared struggles, hopes, and dreams.”
Read more about this leg of the Rural NC Listening Tour below. The next stop on the Rural NC Listening Tour is planned for late March and will take place in Onslow, Jones, and southern Carteret counties.
Daily Advance: Rallying NC Dems: Party chair cites record organizing
By Jon Hawley
March 7, 2018
The leader of North Carolina’s Democratic Party rallied the troops in Pasquotank County on Tuesday, urging local Democrats to join efforts to break Republicans’ legislative majorities and elect candidates he said are more committed to progress for all state residents.
Wayne Goodwin’s visit to Elizabeth City continued the state Democratic Party chairman’s “rural listening tour” now winding through eastern North Carolina. During his meeting with the Pasquotank Democratic Party at the Golden Corral, Goodwin said Democrats aren’t taking any votes for granted, and statewide organizing for the 2018 midterms is already well underway.
“As state party chair over the last year, we’ve had some record organization going on,” Goodwin said.
He said Democrats last year organized 245 more precincts statewide than they did in 2016, with more precincts still organizing. That organization should Democrats persuade and turn out more voters, adding that it’s never too early to start engaging voters.
“I believe we should treat every day as if it’s election day,” Goodwin said.