November 6th was a great day to be a Republican in Henderson County!
Chuck Edwards, Chuck McGrady, Cody Henson and Mike Edney were reelected by an impressive margin in Henderson County. It’s been a while since all these seats were challenged and our candidates reminded everyone that they are experienced elected officials with a proven track record and a loyal base.
Several offices were unopposed by a Democrat challenger – congratulations to Greg Newman, Lowell Griffin, Kim Gasperson-Justice, Rebecca McCall, Bill Lapsley, Lee King. I think we will all be pleased with the new Henderson County School Board members, Dot Case and Jay Egolf and the returning member Amy Lynn Holt.
On the state level, all four judicial seats went to Democrats. A fluke allowed two Republicans to run for a single seat splitting the vote for two offices and costing the party those two seats. Henderson County voters saw the distinction and voted for candidates our party supported: Barbara Jackson and Jefferson Griffin.
Henderson County and state voters passed 4 of the 6 amendments, including the very important Voter ID Amendment. The bipartisan Board of Elections and Ethics Amendment and the Bipartisan Judicial Merit Commission failed to pass state wide, including Henderson County. Republicans retain their majority in the NC General Assembly however will lose the super majority we enjoyed before. The Assembly can go into session and pass the Voter ID law to help preserve (and in some cases, restore) the integrity of our election processes this year while we still have a supermajority.
On a Federal level, District 11 sent Congressman Meadows back to the House to continue his work implementing Trump’s agenda, protecting our rights, securing our borders and working with other Congressmen to do the same with the Freedom Caucus.
While the House of Representatives lost the Republican Majority as history predicted, we kept many seats. Republicans actually picked up Senate seats allowing Trump to continue to fill Judicial appointments with Judges who will rule based on the Constitution, not social trends and partisan politics.
Voter turnout was up across the state and the nation, but especially in Henderson County. Turn out in 2018 was 56.78% compared to the 2014 midterm with 46.5% of eligible voters casting their votes.
I believe our successful 2018 Election is a result of the many people praying, the volunteers who worked tirelessly to accomplish so much and our candidates who ran campaigns of integrity on a proven track record. I cannot thank you all enough for what the people in this county have done!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Republican Women’s Club for all their hard work to help with fundraising and the phenomenal Watch Party where we all enjoyed great food, company and election returns!
Now, we turn our focus to 2020 – undoubtedly, the MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIFE TIME!