Editor’s Note: Iredell Free News invited candidates for the 84th N.C. House District in the March 5 Republican primary election to share their qualifications, relevant experience and vision for this position. Early voting began February 15.


I want to first say thank you to my friends and neighbors for allowing me to serve you for the last 24 years. It has been a great honor and a privilege. I am running for re-election because I have finally worked my way into a place where I can truly be effective for Iredell County, along with helping the rest of the State of North Carolina. I am a chairman on the House Agriculture Committee, the first person who lives west of Raleigh to hold this position in over 75 years. Starting this session in January, I am also a chair of the House Transportation Committee. These are two of the largest committees in the N.C. House of Representatives. Because of my leadership skills and strong work ethic, my peers felt confident that I could handle these important positions. I have enjoyed helping my committee members with their legislation to make the best laws possible. Thankfully, my years of experience have given me the expertise to handle both difficult and sensitive issues in a committee setting.


Unfortunately, I have not experienced a normal session until now. I was unanimously appointed to the N.C. House in July of 2019, after serving you for three years as a county commissioner. The legislature was in a budget fight with the governor and my vote was critical to getting anything passed. Because of our differences with Gov. Roy Cooper and the Democrats in the General Assembly, we were only able to pass mini-budget resolutions that session. Then, in the spring of 2020, COVID-19 came on the scene and Gov. Cooper declared a State of Emergency for all of North Carolina. This State of Emergency went on for over 800 days and chaos ensued. The 2023-2024 session that we are in the middle of now seems normal compared to the last four years. Even with these unusual events, I was still able to bring home to Iredell a significant amount of state appropriations, along with my teammates. In the last two budget cycles, Team Iredell has returned $143 million of your tax money to Iredell County to pay for important infrastructure needs and non-profits’ charitable needs. This is more money than all of the combined appropriations Iredell County has ever received.

Lastly, love me or hate me, I will be your senior House member from Iredell County in the near future. My dear friend, Rep. Grey Mills, is running for North Carolina’s 10th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. We will have a new representative from District 95 (Mooresville/South Iredell) elected in November. This individual will start on the back row and have to work their way up from zero seniority. Do we, the smart citizens of Iredell County, really want two representatives sitting on the back row at the same time? If this happens, our funding will drop dramatically, along with our ability to move legislation.

I have cast over 4,000 recorded votes for Iredell County in the 24 years you have allowed me to serve you. I have a proven record of being conservative and a good steward of your tax dollars. I am asking you for your vote. Would you rather have an experienced consistent public servant making decisions on your behalf or an inexperienced novice with no proven track record? The choice in this race is obvious.

Rep. Jeff McNeely is a candidate for the 84th District seat in the N.C. House of Representatives.

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