Josh Stein, Democratic candidate for North Carolina Attorney General, will be the keynote speaker at the Fall Rally of the Watauga County Democratic Party on Saturday, October 8, in the Central Dining Hall at Appalachian State University. The rally is hosted by the ASU College Democrats.
The rally will kick off at 5:00 p.m. with a barbecue dinner (vegetarian option available) and will feature other local and district Democratic candidates who will be on the ballot this November. Watauga Democrats will also be inducting their 2016 honorees into the local party’s Hall of Fame.
Josh Stein has been a North Carolina state senator since 2009, serving throughout his tenure on the Judiciary I committee as well as other standing committees of the Senate. He became something of a YouTube star for speeches he made opposing Republican voting law changes and the Republican budget in 2013.
[See Josh Stein’s speech in the NC Senate on July 25, 2013, defending voting rights : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMZgQZwVgCM]
North Carolina political pundit Gary Pearce of Talking About Politics named Stein as the Democratic “MVP” for his “courage and conviction” and “political skills” during the 2013 long session, and both his Democratic and Republican colleagues have named Stein the “most effective” Democratic senator.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Stein served as Senior Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection from 2001-2008, prosecuting cases against predatory and pay-day lenders and fighting rate increases imposed by monopoly utilities.
Stein has been named “Legislator of the Year” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, by the NC Sustainable Energy Association, by the AARP of North Carolina, by the Metro Mayors Association, and he has received other legislative awards from Equality NC, the NC Association of Educators, the Sierra Club, and the NC Justice Center.
Tickets to the Watauga Democratic Fall Rally are $10 each and are available in advance at party headquarters (744 W. King St., Boone) or at the door. You may call 828-355-9656 for further information.
The Central Dining Hall at ASU is adjacent to Rivers Street. There will be free parking that evening in the Rivers Street parking deck, with direct access via the elevated walkway on the 2nd floor to the rally site.