ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Democrats are returning to the mountains for their annual fall gathering that activists hope will build enthusiasm for party candidates in the final weeks before Election Day.
The state Democratic Party scheduled its Western Gala for Saturday at an Asheville hotel.
More than 350 people are expected at the Gala dinner. Featured speakers include gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Roy Cooper as well as Bellamy Young, an Asheville native who plays the first lady in the television show “Scandal.”
Young has campaigned in the state recently as a surrogate for Hillary Clinton.
Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor Linda Coleman is scheduled as the keynote speaker for the Democratic women’s breakfast Saturday morning.
Scandal’s Bellamy Young on Facebook Live in NC
Actress Bellamy Young, an Asheville native, spoke to The News & Observer Friday during a Facebook Live session about why she’s voting for Hillary Clinton.
“She has been changing my world since she was first lady,” said Young, 46, who stars as Mellie Grant in Scandal, the ABC series created by Shonda Rhimes.
“I saw a woman that was bringing her full potential to bear. … She made me see that we’re equals, we’re partners.”
Speaking outside the Grey Squirrel Coffee Company in Carrboro, Bellamy said she’s never seen “an election so strange” and described North Carolina as “crucial” in determining the outcome of the election. She fielded questions from the N&O’s live Facebook audience on everything from the impact of House Bill 2 to what the next season of Scandal will bring.
“For a person whose only real experience is in fake politics, getting to be even peripherally involved in something that is so real and so important is a breathtaking honor,” she said.
She planned to campaign in Raleigh Thursday and speak in Carrboro and Greensboro Friday. On Saturday, she will return to her hometown of Asheville for the Asheville Blue Ridge Pride Festival, and on Sunday will campaign in Charlotte.
Her character Mellie Grant on "Scandal" sure has a mean streak, but actress and NC native Bellamy Young is kind and gracious. We met her in Carrboro today and told her about our mission. She said: "What a great idea! And so needed right now." Check out her "Make America Kind Again" button! Keep paying it forward, Bellamy! #kindness #inspiration #makeamericakindagain
Today I had the opportunity to hang out with one of my favorite women in the entire world and my fave Carolina girl, Bellamy Young. You may know her better as Mellie Grant from Scandal (my favorite show of all time) 🙂 Thank you for holding my hands bc I was crying because I love you and look up to you so much. Bells was by far the sweetest and most genuine human being I've ever met @bellamyyoung 😻👸🏻👑🎉🇺🇸😬 #MellieForPrez #BellamyYoung #WereWithHer #myqueen
Bellamy kicked off her busy weekend campaigning for Hillary Clinton and encouraging people to register to vote, or to be sure they are registered. Below are some posts from last nights event in Raleigh, NC. Be sure to follow Bellamy Young Web on twitter to follow live updates as she attends various events.
— Michael Gwin (@MichaelJGwin) September 29, 2016