TABOR CITY, N.C. – Brenden Jones, a Columbus County native and Tabor City businessman, announced Wednesday that he will be a candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives in District 46 in 2016. The district includes all of Columbus County and portions of Bladen and Robeson Counties.
“It is critical for Southeastern North Carolina to have strong, visionary, business-minded representation in Raleigh,” said Jones. “Columbus, Bladen and Robeson Counties have some of the highest unemployment rates in the state. That is unacceptable. I will roll up my sleeves and work hard every day to ensure that Columbus, Bladen and Robeson Counties have a seat at the table and are not forgotten in economic development discussions.”
“I plan to run an active, aggressive campaign and finish what we started in 2014. I look forward to re-connecting with the residents of District 46, hearing your concerns, and earning your vote,” Jones added. “When elected, I will fight to protect our agriculture industry, work to recruit private-sector jobs to our area, and speak up on behalf of rural transportation needs and other issues that impact our district.”
Brenden Jones is a Columbus County native and graduate of Waccamaw Academy. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Angela, and they live in Tabor City with their two daughters. Jones has been a small business owner in Columbus County for over 15 years. He serves as a Deacon at Tabor City Baptist Church, where he has served as Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee and three terms on the Finance Committee.
Jones was appointed to the Rural Center board by Lt. Governor Dan Forest, where he served on the transition team and helped lead the effort to restore transparency and integrity to the center. He is a past member of the Columbus County Board of Elections and served as the board’s chairman. He is a member of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocate, serves on the Tabor City Committee of 100, the board of the Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Columbus County Committee of 100. Governor Pat McCrory recently appointed him to the Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees.