RALEIGH – Today, the North Carolina Democratic Party announced Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) will keynote the 2018 Unity Dinner, an annual celebration of North Carolina Democrats. The event will be held on the evening of Saturday, April 14th, at 7pm at Reynolds Coliseum at North Carolina State University.

This year’s event will focus on the change women will bring to North Carolina in 2018 and will feature a video tribute to Senator Kay Hagan for her years of service to North Carolina.

Despite making up more than half of the state’s population, women hold just a quarter of the seats in North Carolina’s House and Senate. Democrats are working hard to change that. This year, 77 Democratic women are running for state legislative office, one of the most diverse groups of candidates in North Carolina history.

“The Unity Dinner is an annual celebration of Democratic values, from supporting public education and protecting our environment to fighting for justice and equality,” NCDP Chairman Wayne Goodwin said. “We are honored Senator Klobuchar, a true champion for women across the country, will join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of Democratic women, honor Senator Kay Hagan, and build on the Democratic enthusiasm heading into the pivotal 2018 election.”

In 2006, Amy Klobuchar became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in Minnesota’s history. At a time when not enough is getting done in Washington, because of gridlock and grandstanding and the grip big interests have on politicians, Sen. Klobuchar has pushed through, put partisanship aside, and worked hard to get results for Minnesotans.

“I’m looking forward to joining Governor Cooper and hundreds of North Carolina Democrats to honor my friend and colleague Senator Kay Hagan for her many years of service, and to talk about the path ahead for Democrats in North Carolina and across the country,” said Senator Klobuchar.  “We’ll work hard, fight to make sure every eligible citizen is able to vote, and win elections in 2018 and beyond.”

“Every day, Democrats from the mountains to the coast are hard at work building a better North Carolina,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “We’re fighting to support our public schools, expand health care to close the coverage gap, and build a strong economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. I’m grateful to honor Senator Hagan’s service and welcome Senator Klobuchar this weekend.”

To apply for media credentials for the 2018 Unity Dinner, please sign up at this link by 6:00PM EST, Friday, April 13th. The party will reach out to approved media outlets. Additional information for media to follow.

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