Press release from Sam Edney:
Sam Edney has announced his 2020 bid for North Carolina House District 113.
Today, Edney released the following statement:
“I grew up dirt poor in Henderson County. I know what it means not to have food in the house. By working hard I made a success. But I had lots of help along the way. When people helped me, I didn’t care what their politics were. And when I helped others, their political leanings didn’t matter to me.
But times have changed. Good people are being demonized. That makes me sad, and it makes me angry.
Despite a strong economy, folks all around us are struggling to put food on the table, to educate their children and to get health care. Why, in the 21st century, in the greatest nation on earth, are so many good people facing the same problems I faced as a kid?
I know mountain people. It is not like us to turn our backs on the needy. But a few greedy and power-hungry people have divided us for their own gain. Using fear and falsehood, these few have separated many folks from their own gentle nature.
I am running because it’s time to let our lights shine and turn darkness into day. These mountains are full of good people, folks who grew up here and folks who moved here.
It’s time to stop following the money and follow our hearts. It’s time to get North Carolina back on track.”
Born on New Year’s Day in 1950, Sam was the son of textile workers. He grew up in the Valley Hill section of Henderson County, milking cows, raising pigs and picking apples on land his great-grandfather purchased after returning home from the Civil War. He went to Valley Hill Elementary, Flat Rock Junior High and graduated from East Henderson High. He is a 1970 graduate of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Sam served on the Transylvania County School Board and currently serves on two local boards.