Jim Martin was the first and only two-term Republican governor in North Carolina, serving from 1985-1993.
A new biography argues that Martin was a trailblazing GOP politician who helped propel the rise of the party and establish a competitive two-party system. “Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans” (John F. Blair/ 2015) documents Martin’s life from his childhood as the son of a Presbyterian minister in South Carolina, to his career as a chemistry professor at Davidson College, to his 26 years in public office, to his post-gubernatorial career in public affairs and medical research.
Host Frank Stasio talks with former Governor Jim Martin and John Hood, conservative writer and commentator who authored the biography.
Martin and Hood will speak at several events around the state this month including:
- October 6 in Raleigh from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. hosted by the North Carolina Museum of History
- October 20 in Asheboro from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. hosted by the Randolph County Republican Party Headquarters
- October 27 in Hendersonville from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Cedars
- October 27 in Asheville from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel