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Feature Series- Ken Goodman- Incumbent Candidate for District 66 NC House of Representatives

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Ken Goodman, Incumbent Candidate for NC House of Representatives Ken Goodman, Incumbent Candidate for NC House of Representatives Photo by Chuck Thames

ROCKINGHAM-  Ken Goodman began his speech to the local Democratic Party Convention noting that between Wayne Goodwin and his wife Melanie they held the seat Goodman currently holds for a combined 14 years.  Add to that the eight years Goodman has been in office and “there’s been a good person in that seat for 22 years, and I’m hoping to keep it that way for another term.” 

Goodman noted that he has worked hard for Richmond County, which he adds is the reason he went to Raleigh in the first place. “I went to try and make life better for the people who live here and to create a better economic environment for the people of this county to share in the American dream.” 

Goodman pointed out to the crowd gathered that a victory is far from a sure thing. He noted that his district map was changed and in 2016 Hillary Clinton lost his district by 21 points. Roy Cooper lost his district by 16 points according to Goodman. 

Goodman said, “I’m going to need your help; we need to keep this seat in democratic hands and we need to keep it in Richmond County.”  Goodman went on to say that he wants to hear his constituents ideas, “I want to hear what you think, what your goals and aspirations are so when I get back to Raleigh I can try to put some of those things into legislation that will benefit us.”

“I was born here and have lived here all my life,” said Goodman. Goodman ran the R.W. Goodman Company here for a number of years prior to its closing. He noted that he has conducted business with, as well as being friends with, many of Richmond County’s residents.

According to Goodman, serving Richmond County as the Representative for the 66th District of the North Carolina House of Representatives, “has been one of the great honors of my life; I love this county.” 

Goodman concluded, “I’m grateful for the opportunity and I look forward to a big Democratic victory in November.”

The Richmond Observer will continue to feature stories on the speeches given by candidates at the Richmond County Democratic Convention in the coming days.

Editor’s note-This article is part of a series highlighting the recent local Democratic Party Convention.

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