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Democratic Women Leadership Forum features Timmons-Goodson

Democratic Women Leadership Forum features Timmons-Goodson

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Cabarrus County Democratic Women are hosting a “Democratic Women Leadership Forum” in collaboration with the Cabarrus County Democratic Party, the Young Democrats of Cabarrus County and the Cabarrus County Senior Democrats.

This is a virtual event will begin on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. To register, go to

“To respond to the universal threat of COVID-19, the Cabarrus County Democratic Women have embraced online meeting with the intent to engage our community in new ways,” said Kathleen Hannon, chair of the Cabarrus County Democratic Women. “This Democratic Women Leadership Forum is the third of several online events that address issues affecting citizens of North Carolina and Cabarrus County.”

This month the featured speaker is candidate for U.S. Congress, Justice Pat Timmons-Goodson. She is a civil rights leader and former North Carolina Supreme Court justice running for Congress to continue her outstanding career of public service.

After law school, Timmons-Goodson oversaw district operations for the U.S. Census during the 1980 count. She went on to serve as a Cumberland County assistant district attorney and worked for Legal Aid. At the age of 29, Timmons-Goodson became the first African American woman named in the 12th Judicial District of North Carolina. She was elected to three consecutive terms and was elevated to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 1997. In 2006, Timmons-Goodson was honored to become the first African American woman on the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

Voters in the state ratified the governor’s appointment in a statewide election later that year. She stepped down from the Supreme Court in 2012 and was appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights in 2014. In 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Timmons-Goodson to serve as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The American Bar Association unanimously gave her its highest rating, but the Senate never acted on her nomination. Timmons-Goodson and her husband, Dr. Ernest Goodson, met as students at the University of North Carolina.

The proud parents of two adult sons. Timmons-Goodson and Dr. Goodson live in Fayetteville, where they are active members in their church, First Baptist Church, Moore Street.

“I wanted to be that lawyer that folks came to when they had a problem that they could not solve,” she has said of her decision to dedicate her career to helping others.

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