WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) and North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin hosted a press conference Monday morning in Wilmington, as part of a statewide effort to launch a new positive, unified 2018 agenda and priorities for North Carolina's Democrats.
They talked about ways to make North Carolina healthier and safer, saying it starts with protecting the water and air from GenX and other pollutants.
Butler also mentioned she will attend the teachers rally happening in Raleigh Wednesday, May 16, calling it the start toward fair pay for educators.
"It's not going to work out today, it's not going to work out tomorrow, it's going to work out in November when the election cycle happens," Butler said. "It's going to work out in November when teachers say, 'you know what, I've got a choice because there's a good democrat in every race across North Carolina for the first time in ten years'. So there's going to be some choices made, and I think you're going to see it at the ballot box in November."
Goodwin added the candidates will be much more diverse in this year's election.
"The one political party that represents the diversity of North Carolina, and actually mirrors North Carolina's diversity, is the Democratic Party," Goodwin said. "Compare the two parties and you'll see which party has women and minorities and persons of color and everybody best represented. I think you'll see a much different legislature in 2019 because of the diverse slate that we Democrats have."
This press conference is one of six events democrats plan across the state to launch the unified agenda and priorities.