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NC Supreme Court Justice to speak at Democratic convention

NC Supreme Court Justice Michael Morgan will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, April 8th at 10 a.m. at the Nash County Courthouse in Nashville, as County Democrats gather and call their Convention to order.

Public service is the essence of Judge Mike Morgan. He has been a judge for over 27 years spanning three different judgeships:

2005-present: Superior Court Judge, elected in Wake County
1994-2004: District Court Judge, Wake County
1989-1994: State Administrative Law Judge

In addition, as a veteran faculty member of the National Judicial College located on the campus of The University of Nevada, Judge Morgan has taught and trained judges from all over the United States and its territories for the past 24 consecutive years. In recognition of his stellar instruction, Judge Morgan was awarded the institution's V. Robert Payant Award for Teaching Excellence for 2014-2015, emblematic of the National Judicial College's National Teacher of the Year. But Judge Morgan's public service includes more than just his judicial experience in the courtroom and classroom.

Judge Morgan was reared in New Bern by parents committed to serving their community. His late father, Leander Morgan, Sr., was elected to three terms as Mayor of New Bern, the first and only African-American to serve as the city's mayor. Judge Morgan's mother, Barbara Morgan, was a four-term school board member. Together, Judge Morgan's parents dedicated themselves to community leadership while continuing the family business of over 80 years, Rivers-Morgan Funeral Home. As the eldest of their five children, Judge Morgan has joined his adult siblings in pursuing this family legacy of public service, community uplift, educational attainment, integrity and respect.

Also on the agenda is the election of a new county chair and officers to lead county Democrats the next two years as well as other party business.

"A nominating committee has been formed to search for a County Chair that embraces our Party Platform and can lead our County Democrats through the 2018 Election," Current Chairman Lee Michaletz said. "It is extremely important that we elect a Chair whose message to voters will be that the Democratic Party is the Party that continually fights for inclusiveness, diversity, social justice and equality for all its citizens".

Michaletz said he is expecting a large attendance this year and encourages all Democrats to attend the Convention, even if they are not a delegate, to see how the process works and become involved.

For more information on the convention, call 252-904-7870

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