Carolina Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin will keynote the Watauga
County Democratic Party’s convention on Saturday, April 16.
convention will convene in Courtroom # 1 in the Watauga County Courthouse at 1
p.m. following registration and a potluck lunch beginning at noon in the
Goodwin is a native of Richmond County and was the
first Morehead Scholar from Richmond
Senior High School. He
attended Governor’s School in mathematics, graduated from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill with honors in political science
and from the UNC School of Law.
In 1996 Goodwin was
elected to the NC House and was reelected three more times. In 2005,
then-Insurance Commissioner Jim Long appointed Goodwin to be his assistant commissioner.
voters elected Goodwin in November 2008 as the first new Commissioner of
Insurance in 24 years.
As Insurance Commissioner,
Goodwin has ordered rate cuts, rate freezes, and refunds that provided savings
in excess of $545 million for automobile drivers statewide. Goodwin coordinated
historic rate refunds of $155.8 million to 215,000 families with Blue Cross
Blue Shield health insurance. He helped North Carolinians avert a statewide
homeowners' insurance crisis, and he persuaded the General Assembly to expand
and protect monetary grants for fire, rescue, and EMS
departments statewide. Through these and other efforts Goodwin helps keep
homeowner's insurance rates as low as possible.
Also at its annual
Convention the Watauga Democratic Party will elect county-wide executive
officers and delegates to the 5th District Convention to be held May 14 in
Statesville and will be taking up and debating a number of resolutions ranging
from the proposed voter photo ID law to Dan Soucek’s proposed constitutional
amendment banning gay marriage.
The Convention is open to
elected delegates and guests.