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Attorney General Roy Cooper to Keynote Annual Democratic Fall Rally at ASU on Sept. 27

Sept. 8, 2014. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will be the keynote speaker at the Watauga County Democratic Party’s Fall Rally on Saturday, September 27.

The Rally, which will include a barbecue dinner, will kick off at 5:30 p.m. in the Roess Dining Hall (formerly known as the Central Dining Facility) on the campus of Appalachian State University. The rally is being hosted by the Appalachian State University College Democrats.


Free parking will be available that evening in the Rivers Street parking deck, with direct access to the dining hall across the Rivers Street elevated walkway.

Roy Cooper was elected attorney general of the state in 2000, and he has been reelected to that office three more times, most recently in the general elections of 2012. Cooper has been prominently mentioned statewide as a likely candidate for governor against Pat McCrory in 2016.

In January of this year, Cooper launched a statewide campaign “to take back North Carolina from those who are doing so much harm.” In a video posted on the website (http://www.takebacknorthcarolina.com), Cooper says, “What had taken decades to build is now being torn down right before our eyes. And for many of us, it’s personal.”

“There’s not a doubt in my mind — nor in the minds of most Democratic activists — that Roy Cooper will be a candidate for governor in 2016,” said Watauga County Democratic Party Chair Diane Tilson. “I have no doubt either that he will win that race.”

Cooper was born in Nash County, worked in tobacco fields as a teenager, earned a Morehead Scholarship to the University of North Carolina, where he also earned his law degree. He was elected to the NC House of Representatives in 1986 and was named to a Senate seat in 1991, subsequently earning reelection several times before being picked as Democratic Majority Leader in the Senate in 1997.

Tickets to the Watauga Democratic Party Fall Rally are $10 each, which includes dinner. Advance tickets may be purchased at Party headquarters (352 W. King St. in Boone, the former Beanstalk), or tickets may be purchased at the door.