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Originally published: 2013-09-30 10:46:03
Last modified: 2013-09-30 10:46:48

Democrats to rally

Wake County Sen. Josh Stein, minority whip in the N.C. Senate and a leader of the Democratic opposition in the N.C. General Assembly, will be the keynote speaker at the Watauga County Democratic Party's Fall Rally on Oct. 6.

Stein will be speaking on the topic "Reclaiming our future the North Carolina Way."

The fall rally will convene at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in the Main Dining Facility at Appalachian State University on Rivers Street. The ASU College Democrats are hosting and sponsoring the rally.

Free parking will be available in the Rivers Street Parking Deck, with easy access to the cafeteria via the elevated walkway over Rivers Street.

Tickets to the rally, which will include a barbecue dinner (a vegetarian option will be available), sell for $10 each and are available from any party officers or by writing ( or calling (828) 264-9955. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The fall rally will also feature an auction of "Precinct Gift Baskets," the induction of the 2013 honorees in the Watauga County Democratic Hall of Fame, musical entertainment and speeches by candidates.

Stein was first elected to the N.C. Senate from District 16 in Wake County in 2008. After his reelection in 2010, his Democratic colleagues in the Senate elevated him to the office of minority whip.

The N.C. Sustainable Energy Association and the AARP of North Carolina named Stein as their "Legislator of the Year." The Metro Mayors' Association, which represents the mayors of the 25 largest municipalities in the state, presented him with its "Legislative Award" for his work to promote public transit and transportation issues. The N.C. Association of Educators named Stein as a "Rising Star" for his efforts to improve public education. He was honored by the Sierra Club as an "Environmental Champion" and by the Conservation Council in 2010 as a "Rising Star." In 2011 the N.C. Justice Center named Stein as the 2011 "Defender of Justice."