Wayne Goodwin meets with firefighters, county leaders.
Being 317 miles from Raleigh, it isn't often that state officials make their way into Macon County. Last week, Wayne Goodwin, who serves as North Carolina's Insurance Commissioner as well as the State Fire Marshal, visited counties in the western part of the state in hopes of bridging that gap.
"As Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal, it is necessary and vital for me to reach out to all counties across North Carolina," said Goodwin. "Growing up in a rural county myself, I empathize with how many western counties feel when 'Raleigh' wrongly thinks the western part of the state ends in Asheville or Hickory. Macon County residents deserve service from statewide officials just as much as every other county. So, I spend much of my time traveling in-person to all corners of the state and being as accessible and helpful as possible. It's always a pleasure of mine to visit Macon and surrounding counties."