Sgro named as replacement for Rep. Ralph Johnson Seat

RALEIGH – When the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes on April 25, it will welcome Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality NC to its ranks.  Sgro, 33, was appointed over the weekend by the executive committee of the Guildford County Democratic Party to finish the unexpired term of Rep. Ralph Johnson in District 58.

Johnson died on election day, March 15, of complications related to a stroke he suffered earlier in the month.

Sgro has indicated he has no intention of seeking the position long term. The winner of the Democratic primary in District 58, Amos Quick, is unopposed in November and will fill the seat when a new term begins in January 2017. Quick is a member of the Guilford County Board of Education.

Sgro join will join the legislature at a time of national controversy over House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.

As executive director of Equality NC, Sgro has been leading efforts to repeal the legislation which he claims is having a detrimental impact on the LGBT community and North Carolina as a whole.

Equality NC is one of three interest groups that filed a lawsuit two weeks ago against Gov. Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the UNC Board of Governor’s on behalf of Joaquin Carcano, a UNC Chapel Hill employee and transgender male; Payton McGarry, a full-time student at UNC Greensboro and transgender male; and Angela Gilmore, a law professor at North Carolina Central University and a lesbian.

Sgro has said he will make the repeal of House Bill 2 a priority.