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            Volumn 32  No. 4                                                                                   April /May 2021 Edition  *  (910) 323-3120-Office                                                                       Fayetteville, NC

                                           Fayetteville State University Alum Named

                                            New Commander of N.C. Highway Patrol

               FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.  – Governor Roy Coo-                                                                         FBI National Academy program and 2006 gradu-
          per has appointed Fayetteville State University (FSU)                                                                ate of the Administrative Officer Management Pro-
          alumnus  Major  Freddy  L.  Johnson  Jr.,  as  the  next                                                             gram at NC State. He has been the recipient of the

          Commander  of  the  North  Carolina  State  Highway                                                                  numerous  awards,  including:  2020  Greater
          Patrol.                                                                                                              Fayetteville  Chamber Award,  the  Department  of
                                                                                                                               Public Safety’s Badge of Excellence Award for Out-
               “The  brave  men  and  women  of  the  Highway                                                                  standing Performance for Planning and Oversight
          Patrol work tirelessly to protect North Carolina and                                                                 of  Patrol  Operations  during  the  U.S.  Open  Golf
          I’m  thankful  for  their  service,”  Governor  Cooper                                                               Championships  in  Pinehurst;  Highway  Patrol’s
          said.  “Commander  Johnson  has  a  distinguished                                                                    Samaritan Award; N.C. Governor Highway Safety
          record of service and I look forward to working with                                                                 Program’s  2016  State  Law  Enforcement  Partner
          him to keep our state safe.”                                                                                         of the Year and the North Carolina Association of
                                                                                                                               Fire Chief ’s 2016 Fire Officer of the Year.
               “I  am  extremely  grateful  to  Governor  Cooper                                                                   Johnson  is  married  to  his  wife  of  25  years,
          for selecting Johnson as the next Commander,” Pub-                                                                   Dawn, and has a son, Trey.
          lic Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks stated. “I’m look-                  Major Freddy L. Johnson Jr.,
          ing  forward  to  working  with  Commander  Johnson                                                                      About Fayetteville State University
          as he will be an integral part of my DPS Leadership                 “Being chosen to lead such a great orga-             Fayetteville  State  University  is  a  constituent
          Team.”                                                         nization with such great people is an incred-         institution  of  The  University  of  North  Carolina
               Major Johnson is a native of Fayetteville. He is          ible honor,” Commander Johnson said. “I will          System and the second-oldest public institution of
          a 1994 graduate of FSU with a Bachelor of Science              do all I can to support the men and women             higher education in the state, having been founded
          Degree in Criminal Justice. A 1996 Honor Graduate              of the patrol while continuing to build stron-        in 1867. FSU is a historically black university of-
          of Highway Patrol Basic School, Johnson began his              ger  partnerships  with  the  communities  we         fering degrees at the baccalaureate, master's, and
          career  as  a  trooper  in  Lumberton  and  has  served        serve  across  this  great  state.  Together,  we     doctoral  levels.  With  more  than  6,570  students,
          much  of  his  career  in  Robeson  and  Cumberland            can  all  make  our  communities  safer  places       Fayetteville  State  University  is  among  the  most
          counties. He was promoted to the rank of captain in            to travel, live and work.”                            diverse  institutions  in  the  nation.  To  learn  more
          2013 and major on March 1, 2017.                                                                                     about  Fayetteville  State  University,  visit
                                                                              Major Johnson is a 2019 graduate of the

                           NC Democratic Party Elects Dr. Bobbie Richardson New Party Chair, New Party Leadership

               The semi-annual State Executive Committee (SEC) Meeting                                                             Officers
          of the North Carolina Democratic Party, hundreds of North Caro-                                                          North Carolina Democrats also elected a diverse leader-
          lina Democrats elected Dr. Bobbie Richardson to serve as state                                                       ship team, representing the African-American and LGBTQ+
          party chairwoman. As the first African American woman to chair                                                       communities.
          the NCDP, Chair Richardson leads one of the most diverse lead-
          ership teams in party history.                                                                                           First Vice-Chair
               “I am honored that my fellow SEC members have chosen                                                                Former Senator Floyd McKissick was elected first vice
          me to take on this important role and lead North Carolina Demo-                                                      chair. McKissick served 13 years in the NC Senate before be-
          crats as our party prepares for the 2022 midterm elections,” said                                                    ing appointed by Governor to the NC Utilities Commission where
          Chair Richardson. “Together, we’ll fight for a fairer, more just North                                               he is currently a Commissioner. He previously served as a
          Carolina, recruit candidates that reflect the diversity of our state,                                                County Chair for the Democratic Party in both Durham and
          and organize everywhere to elect Democrats who will be champi-                                                       Warren Counties and on the NCDP Executive Council.
          ons for working families across our state.”
               “Serving this state and our party over the last four years has                                                      Second Vice-Chair
          been one of my life’s greatest honors, but I know that North Caro-                                                       Matt Hughes was reelected for a third term as second vice-
          lina Democrats are in good hands with Bobbie,” said former Chair                                                     chair. Matt, the state party’s first out LGBTQ+ officer, has been
          Wayne Goodwin. “With her at the helm, North Carolina Demo-                                                           serving as Second Vice Chair since 2017. A Hillsborough Town
          crats’ best days are ahead. Together, we will carry the fight for-                                                   Commissioner, Hughes brings a wealth of experience to the
          ward for a brighter future for our state.”                                                                           NCDP with seven cycles of experience leading transformational
               “We are so proud to welcome Bobbie as our fearless leader,”                                                     change within our party.
          said NCDP Executive Director Meredith Cuomo. “Our team is
          ready to hit the ground running and get to work building a strong   Dr. Bobbie Richardson                                Third Vice-Chair
          state party infrastructure and standing up for the values we be-                                                         Shannon Auer was elected for her first term as third vice-
          lieve in.”                                                                                                           chair. Shannon is a lifelong Democrat from Catawba County.
                                                                                      1- (919) 821-2777                        She has held leadership roles in the Democratic Women of North
               Chairwoman                                                                                Carolina and the Young Democrats of North Carolina.
               Former Representative Bobbie Richardson was elected
          Chairwoman after serving one term as first vice-chair. Chair   Chair Richardson is a retired educator and administra-    Secretary
          Richardson previously represented Franklin and Nash counties in  tor, with 35 years of experience as an educator in North  Melvin Williams of Duplin County was reelected as Secre-
          the North Carolina General Assembly, serving from 2013-2018.   Carolina public schools.                              tary for his sixth term. He is responsible for meeting minutes and
                                                                                                                               writes the “Good News About Democrats” newsletter.

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