Representative McGrady was joined today by a diverse and bipartisan group of both state and local elected officials and an impressive coalition of 13 different business groups and associations in support of his bipartisan compromise legislation (HB186) to repeal HB2.
They included Charlotte City Council members James Mitchell and Ed Driggs, Charlotte’s City Manager Marcus D. Jones, Gary Salamido with the NC Chamber of Commerce, Bob Morgan with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Bill Russell with the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, the North Carolina Travel Industry Association, Mark Zimmerman of the North Carolina Association of Realtors®, Mike Martino of the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, David Green the North Carolina Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Charlotte Chamber Executive Committee Member Irene Vogelsong, Will Webb, Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation, Mohammad Jenatian, President of the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, and Shiela Fletcher of Full House Productions in Charlotte.
Groups that couldn’t be at today’s press conference but who are on record for their support of the bipartisan compromise are the North Carolina Economic Development Association, the University of North Carolina System, the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, GlaxoSmithKlien (GSK), John Hood, President of the John Locke Foundation, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Cary Chamber of Commerce. Charlotte City Councilman Kenny Smith had a prior business conflict but sent his regrets.
One may watch the press conference at this link.
Legislators in attendance at Representative McGrady’s press conference today included Senator Joel Ford, Representative Ken Goodman, and Representative Ted Davis (primary sponsors), Representative John Faircloth, Representative John Bradford, Representative Andy Dulin, Representative John Fraley, Representative Holly Grange, Representative Greg Murphy, Representative Jon Hardister (Majority Whip), Representative Steven Ross (Deputy Majority Leader), Representative Chris Malone, Representative Nelson Dollar, Representative Scott Stone, and Representative Rodney Moore.