NC chief justice to headline Dems’ Fall Fling

Wilson County Democrats are gearing up for the party’s major annual fundraiser.

Fall Fling, held this year on a Wednesday instead of the traditional Thursday, will feature N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley as the keynote speaker.

The Oct. 9 gala is set for 6 p.m. at Something Different, 3342 Airport Blvd. Tickets are still available but are going fast, said Willie Williams, chairman for the event.

“We’ve had great speakers in the past, but Chief Justice Beasley is expected to be exceptional,” Williams said.

Registration for the fundraiser is way up over the past few years, Williams said. He credited the good numbers to people wanting to hear Beasley, a push by former Gov. Jim Hunt and Democrats getting ready for next year’s election.

“We’re fed up with what’s been going on,” Williams said. “We’re going to be a lot more active.”

Hunt, a Wilson County resident, is urging folks to attend the Fall Fling to hear Beasley.

“I appointed her 20 years ago to be a District Court judge in Cumberland County,” Hunt said. “She impressed me with her record back then, and she continues to impress me now. She’s a terrific person and leader of people.”

Beasley apparently impressed current Gov. Roy Cooper as well. He appointed her to lead the N.C. Supreme Court and the state’s judicial branch in March. She is the first black chief justice in the 200-year history of the state’s high court.

Beasley said she’s been touring county courthouses and learning more about the court system’s impact on people’s everyday lives. She said she’s been impressed with the pride shown by the court employees she’s met. There are more than 6,500 court employees statewide.

As chief justice, Beasley said she’s looking forward to building faith in the court system, improving court infrastructure and empowering communities to bring forth solutions that increase the courts’ public utility.

Beasley is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Douglass College and the University of Tennessee College of Law.

“We simply cannot overestimate the importance of this event, this campaign, this election,” Wilson attorney Allen G. Thomas said in an invitation letter supporting Beasley and the Fall Fling.

Thomas said the event will be a fun and informative get-together.

Tickets are $50 per person or $25 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at or by mailing a check to the Wilson County Democratic Party, P.O. Box 7034, Wilson, 27893-7034.

For more information, call Willie Williams at 252-343-5058 or email him at