Today, all three Republican Yancey County Commissioners David Grindstaff, Mark Ledford, and Jeff Whitson announced their endorsement of Wayne King for the Republican nomination for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.

Yancey County Commissioner David Grindstaff: “For anyone asking me, who is Wayne King? I have always said and will continue to say, Wayne King has been with Meadows since the beginning, so why not have someone who can hit the ground running. I am in full support of  the future Congressman Wayne King!”

Yancey County Commissioner Mark Ledford: “I support Wayne King for NC 11th district US congress. Wayne has been congressman Meadows chief of staff, he knows our needs and our values here in western North Carolina. He will fight for us.”

Yancey County Commissioner Jeff Whitson: “With Mr. King working so close with Congressman Meadows for the past many years, I feel he has a great advantage in understanding this position of leadership. In my conversations with Mr. King, I feel he shows good character, commitment and continued support of the people in our district and that’s why I support Wayne King.”

“I am proud to have the endorsement of Senator Presnell,” King said.  “He was a strong conservative voice for Western North Carolina as a State Senator and has continued to be a tireless advocate for our Mountain values. I’m honored to call him my friend.  When elected to Congress, I will put my experience and first-hand knowledge to work ensuring the 11th District has a strong and effective voice in Washington. I will proudly fight to preserve our values, and I will continue to stand with President Donald Trump as we work to Keep America Great.”

The endorsement of Commissioners Grindstaff, Ledford and Whitson comes on the heels of endorsements from the following Republican notables:

Tea Party Express

Students for Trump

Former GOP presidential candidate and United States Senator Rick Santorum

State Rep. Michele Presnell

Greg Newman, District Attorney for Henderson, Polk and Transylvania counties

Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye

Retired Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan

Graham County Sheriff Joseph Jones

Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin

McDowell County Sheriff Ricky Buchanan

Mitchell County Sheriff Donald Street

Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis

Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney

Yancey County Sheriff Gary Banks

Graham County Register of Deeds Carolyn Stewart

Transylvania County Commissioner Jason Chappell

Spruce Pine Mayor Darla Harding

Woodfin Mayor and Former Buncombe County Emergency Services Director Jerry VeHaun

Henderson County School Board Member Amy Lynn Holt

Former State Senator Keith Presnell (Avery, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell and Yancey Counties)

Former State Rep. Phillip Frye (Mitchell, Yancey and Avery counties)

King is a Western North Carolina native and former Vice-Chair of the NCGOP. He has served the past seven years as Congressman Meadows’ Deputy Chief of Staff and District Director.

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