GOP to host lieutenant governors
BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Friday, March 15, 2019
Nash County Republicans are preparing for two lieutenant governors Monday at the local GOP convention.
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is set to be the keynote speaker, with Rocky Mount's Jim Gardner serving as emcee for the event. Gardner was lieutenant governor from 1989-93.
Registration begins at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. barbecue and shrimp meal catered by Gardner’s BBQ. Tickets are still available for $20 each. Call the local GOP headquarters at 252-459-2121.
After the food and speeches from Forest and some local municipal candidates, the convention will elect officers and at-large members to the local party’s executive committee. These officers and committee members serve two-year terms, said Mark Edwards, chairman of the Nash County Republican Party.
The annual recipient of the Dr. Faye Eagles Award recognizing a volunteer of the year will be presented.
The convention will again be held at Brown Auditorium on the campus of Nash Community College. The convention, usually held on Thursdays, was switched to Monday this year to accommodate Forest's busy schedule.
Forest, lieutenant governor since January 2013, has formed an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2020.
Forest received two degrees from UNC-Charlotte. After college, Forest became a leader in the business community for more than two decades, having served as office president and senior partner of the state's largest architectural firm, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting. He has been designated as an architect emeritus.
As lieutenant governor, Forest serves as the president of the state Senate and is a voting member of the state Board of Education and the state Board of Community Colleges.
On the state Board of Education, he is the chairman of the Special Committee on Digital Technology, which is tasked with the implementation of the statewide digital technology plan. Forest is also a member of the state Advisory Commission on Military Affairs, the Food Manufacturing Task Force and serves as chairman of both the Energy Policy Council and the Board of Post-secondary Education Credentials.
A resident of Wake County, Forest is married with four children.
For more information or to register for the convention, contact Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252-904-0230.