Perdue talks, privately

Winston-Salem leaders invited to session on economy

Winston-Salem JournalMay 10, 2009 

Gov. Beverly Perdue went to Winston-Salem this week for a private meeting on the economy with business people and the mayor.

Among the people at the invitation-only meeting Thursday were investor Ralph Womble, ophthalmologist David Branch, stockbroker John Davis and car dealer Jed McMillan. David Kochman, a spokesman for Perdue, said some of the people invited to talk with the governor contributed to her campaign.

The meeting was held at Womble's office on Trade Street.

Mayor Allen Joines said that Perdue talked to the group of about 10 about the economy and the state's budget troubles.

"But she really was most interested in what we are doing here with our economy," Joines said. "She wanted to try to get a feel from kind of a wide range of business folks -- small-business and big-business folks."

Perdue is touring North Carolina, leading discussions about the federal stimulus act and meeting with local people and officials.

"It's a good way to have conversation with people about the issues that they are concerned about, that they are hearing about, and to tell them a little more about what she's doing," Kochman said.

"She obviously has some friends and supporters in the area so some of them are invited, along with some other people who are just active on a variety of issues."

Joines said Perdue told the group that the economy was showing signs of recovery.

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