Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin was the keynote speaker for the Duplin County Democratic Party county convention on April 12 in Kenansville.
Appearing in the historic county courthouse, Goodwin informed and inspired and regaled with humorous anecdotes as he spoke not only about his official duties but the civic obligations every voter has.
"We need to tune in to what's going on around us, turn up the volume, and turn out the vote," said Goodwin, a member of North Carolina's Council of State.State Representative Russell Tucker introduced the speaker to the group of eastern North Carolina Democrats.
Also attending were State Senator Charlie Albertson, Districy Attorney Dewey Hudson, and other local officials and a diverse group of citizens.
As he concluded his remarks, Goodwin said "I was going to say I've got to get 'On the Road Again' back up to Raleigh but seeing how Willie Nelson fared in this county the last time he was here, I'd better not!" This aside to the classic Nelson song was a reference to a very recent event where renowned country singer Willie Nelson's band was charged with possession of marijuana and moonshine while in Duplin County for a concert. The reference appeared to evoke the most laughter from District Attorney Hudson, who is prosecuting the case.