McCrory scheduled speaker tonight for annual banquet

Jan. 27, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Gov. Pat McCrory is the scheduled guest speaker tonight at the 76th annual Membership Meeting and Banquet of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce.

John Barnes, the chamber president, said the event has sold out, with more than 500 tickets distributed. It is believed to be the most ever sold.

The annual Citizen of the Year is announced during the banquet as well as the Shining Moment In Education award, which recognizes the contributions of the most outstanding business organization, church, civic or community group, or individual who has supported Vance County Schools for the year 2013-14.

For the first time, the chamber will name an ambassador of the year from its ambassador program.

Veterans and Vance County Schools’ honorees for teacher, assistant principal and principal of the year will also be recognized at the event.

McCrory is a graduate of Catawba College, where he earned degrees in education and political science.

He began his political career in 1989 when he won an at-large seat on the Charlotte City Council. He was re-elected twice to the council and was elected to the mayor’s seat in 1995, which he served for 14 years and seven terms.

In 2001, McCrory founded the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Association, a bipartisan group of mayors working together to find locally-based solutions to problems facing North Carolina’s cities.

He was Charlotte’s mayor until 2009 when he began working at the Charlotte-based law firm Moore & Van Allen.

In 2008, McCrory ran for North Carolina governor and lost the race to then Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue.

He ran again in 2012 and overwhelmingly defeated his opponent, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton.

The Republican governor has committed to the economy, education and efficiency in the state.

Tommy Hester, Vance County commissioner, said he believes McCrory will make rural North Carolina a priority during his tenure in office.

“I’ve had the privilege to go to Raleigh in the last month to serve on the Rural Infrastructure Authority, and the governor is focused on rural counties and helping rural counties in the state of North Carolina,” Hester said. “He has expressed that point and he is trying to do everything he can to help rural communities because he knows the need is strong.”

 

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