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Building on the fiscal soundness achieved in the last few years is the only way NC can continue to help those who truly cannot help themselves, take care of our teachers, principals, State Troopers, and other dedicated state employees, and to allow working families to keep more of their hard earned money. Thank you District 48 for allowing me the opportunity to help you build on our success!

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Of the appointments to various NC Boards and Commissions that I was able to secure for our District this session, this is one with which I take the most pride. Colonel Grady Hawkins has accepted a position on the NC Judicial Standards Commission. The responsibility of this commission is to consider complaints against judges of the General Court of Justice, which consists of state district, superior, and appellate court judges and justices and, where appropriate, to make recommendations for discipline. From this position Col. Hawkins, also County Commissioner Hawkins will be able to help address one of the problems that most plagues our society today- judges that fail to live up to their oath of office and abide by our Constitution. About 270 such complaints are filed in NC against the judicial system each year. Thank you, Col. Hawkins for accepting yet another tiring and critical role in our government.


Area residents championed by Senator Edwards and confirmed by HB256 include:

· Colonel Grady Hawkins of Henderson County was appointed to the NC Judicial Standards Commission effective January 1, 2018.

· Mrs. Marybeth Burns of Henderson County was appointed to the NC Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services effective July 1, 2017.

· Mr. John A. Ross of Henderson County was appointed to the NC Irrigation Contractor’s Licensure Board effective July 1, 2017.

· Ms. Terry Maybin of Henderson County was appointed to the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. effective immediately.

· Mr. Kevin Howell of Transylvania County was appointed to the Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council October 1, 2017.

· Mr. Jim Peterson of Arden was appointed to the UNCA Board of Trustees effective July 1, 2017.

In addition to these appointments included in H256, Commissioner Mike Hawkins was appointed to the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina earlier this year.


Please join me in thanking Jim Peterson for accepting my request to serve on the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees. UNCA is integral component to our region’s education system, and our economy. It is currently led by the extremely sophisticated and talented Dr. Mary Grant, and the Board of Trustees.

Jim was born and raised near Chicago, Illinois and has resided in Arden with his wife Julia since 2006. He earned his Business and MBA degrees from Western Illinois University and the University of Minnesota. Now retired from a career in business, Jim has been heavily involved with many area non-profit activities. Most recently he served as the Chairman for the Board of Directors of MANNA FoodBank, and he is a volunteer with the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Jim’s strong business background, coupled with the passion he has shown for advancing our area’s philanthropic needs displays his capability and commitment to our citizens and there is no doubt he will make a positive and significant contribution for UNCA. I am proud to have cemented his appointment to their Board of Trustees


Please help me congratulate and thank Marybeth Burns. Marybeth eagerly accepted my request for her to serve on the NC Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services effective July 1, 2017. Her appointment was confirmed last week through the vote of HB256 by the NC General Assembly. She is a pillar of our community and serves it in more ways that I can name here. They include the Board of Directors for the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, the St. Gerhard House, and together we serve the Hendersonville Rotary Club. Her passion for helping those with eating disorders is evidenced through her presidency with T.H.E Center for Disordered Eating. Her leadership, passion for people, and exceptional collaboration skills will add a unique strength in working with the Commission and NC Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen. Thank you, Marybeth!