The following ran as the sole editorial in my hometown newspaper on March 6th:
Goodwin had filed to run for labor commissioner of North Carolina. Part of what we wrote back then was this:
“No one from Hamlet has ever been elected to a statewide office.
The last person elected from the county, living in the county at the time, to a statewide office was in the 1920s.
We are really proud of Richmond County's son and the strides he has taken to advocate for the better of Richmond County in the Legislature.
He was instrumental in helping to get rid of the gutted Imperial Foods plant building that was a painful reminder to the victims and their families of that tragic fire in September 1991.
He is a hard worker, who came from humble beginnings but has worked his way through the ranks.
Richmond County should be proud to have someone with the courage and ambition to go after a seat at the table of 10 - the Council of State.
Goodwin has a tough and tiring road ahead in campaigning across the state. We hope he feels a force of encouragement from his hometown pushing him forward.”
Fast forward to March of 2008.
Now Goodwin has thrown his hat in the state-wide ring again. He announced last week that he is running for Insurance Commissioner.
He is trying to replace his boss, Jim Long, a Democrat, who was first elected commissioner in 1984, and as such also serves as the state fire marshal and oversees numerous other industries and activities in the state, including bail bondsmen, auto clubs, the state building code and injury prevention programs.
Long, in his endorsement of Goodwin as his successor to the elected position said, "He is a great advocate and is doing a great job for the state."
Two other candidates for insurance commissioner filed last week. Democrat David Smith is a Durham attorney and president-elect of the North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters. Republican John Odom is a former Raleigh city councilman who owns three muffler repair shops.
"I felt it was time to pass the torch to a new generation of leadership for the department," Long said in an e-mail to his employees. "It has been my honor to work side by side with you in service to the people of North Carolina."
We agree with Commissioner Long. Wayne Goodwin is the best choice to continue the leadership needed in this important North Carolina post.
His compassionate nature and commitment to service make Wayne Goodwin the best choice in this race.
The Richmond County Daily Journal wholeheartedly endorses Goodwin as the next insurance commissioner of North Carolina."
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The Journal also ran a full article immediately after Goodwin filed for Insurance Commissioner.