What an interesting and challenging time it has been in Raleigh these past few years. When I came here as a freshman legislator in 2011, Republicans had just taken control of the state legislature for the first time in anyone’s memory. Since then, Pat McCrory has been elected Governor, but a tough economic situation has required fiscal discipline. There isn’t a great deal of joy involved in producing a budget in which no one gets all they asked for and, in some case, need.
There have been times when I asked myself, “What am I doing here?” But I’m here because my Henderson County neighbors have chosen me to represent them. They’ve put their faith in me. Every day I think of what a significant honor this is, even when budgeting challenges and fractious partisan politics make the job frustrating. My pledge is that I’ll strive to get the best possible outcome for the people of my district and for the State of North Carolina on whatever issue arises.
And so, I ask you again for your support, that I might return to Raleigh for a third term, and that together with you create a brighter future for ourselves and for our children and grandchildren.
– Rep. Chuck McGrady