Brenden Jones blasts Federal Judge’s decision to overturn the will of North Carolina voters

marriageTABOR CITY, N.C. – Brenden Jones, candidate for N.C. House in Columbus, Bladen and Robeson Counties, blasted Friday’s decision by a federal judge to overturn the will of North Carolina voters and throw out North Carolina’s marriage protection amendment.

Jones issued the following statement:  “While not unexpected, today’s ruling in which a federal judge threw the will of North Carolina voters under the bus of political correctness is nonetheless disappointing on many levels.  First, marriage between one man and one woman is a time-tested institution that predates our own Constitution.  Second, our Constitution was written to limit the power of the federal government, and this glaring example of overreach by a federal judge interfering with the will of our state’s voters runs contrary to the founders’ intent.  The marriage protection amendment earned the support of more than 83% of voters in each of the three counties in District 46 and 61% statewide.  I stand with those who voted for the marriage protection amendment, and if elected I will continue to stand strong for our values and will fight to oppose this kind of glaring federal overreach.”

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 for over 14 years and currently operates two businesses in Columbus County.   He is a past member of the Columbus County Board of Elections and served as the board’s chairman.  Jones was recently appointed to the Rural Center board by Lt. Governor Dan Forest, where he serves on the transition team and is helping lead the effort to restore transparency and integrity to the center. He serves as a Deacon at Tabor City Baptist Church.  The district includes all of Columbus County and portions of Bladen and Robeson Counties.  For more information, visit http://www.jonesforhouse.com.

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Meet-and-Greet in Bladenboro on Sept. 23

BrendenJones_smlTABOR CITY, N.C. – Brenden Jones, Republican candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives in District 46, is holding a meet-and-greet in Bladenboro on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. The event runs from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and will be held at the Bladenboro Historical Building, located at 818 S. Main Street in Bladenboro. Light refreshments will be provided.

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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 for over 14 years and currently operates two businesses in Columbus County.   He is a past member of the Columbus County Board of Elections and served as the board’s chairman. Jones was recently appointed to the Rural Center board by Lt. Governor Dan Forest, where he serves on the transition team and is helping lead the effort to restore transparency and integrity to the center. He serves as a Deacon at Tabor City Baptist Church. The district includes all of Columbus County and portions of Bladen and Robeson Counties. For more information, visit http://www.jonesforhouse.com.

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Missing in Action: Jones criticizes Waddell for skipping key vote to boost Columbus County’s economy

WaddellMIATABOR CITY, N.C. – Brenden Jones, candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives in District 46, today criticized incumbent House member Ken Waddell for skipping a key vote on a bill that would create much-needed jobs in rural southeastern North Carolina.

“Part of leadership is showing up,” Jones said. “Unfortunately, Ken Waddell skipped a key vote on a bill that would strengthen our economy and bring much-needed jobs to rural southeastern North Carolina in years to come. Ken Waddell should have sponsored this bill, and he should have taken the time to show up and vote for it. Our district deserves a representative who will back up his rhetoric with action and real leadership on key issues such as supporting our teachers, recruiting industry to our area, promoting our vital agricultural interests, and standing up for rural transportation needs. When elected, I pledge to be a leader who fights for rural southeastern North Carolina every day.”

The bill, House Bill 1086, would create the South Carolina and North Carolina Interstate Freight Rail Compact Commission. According to the bill text on the N.C. General Assembly website, the new commission’s mission will include:

1.         To study, develop, and promote a plan for the design, construction, financing, and operation of freight rail service between Mullins, South Carolina, and Fair Bluff, North Carolina, between Fair Bluff, North Carolina, and Tabor City, North Carolina, including the branch to Whiteville, North Carolina, and Tabor City, North Carolina, and Conway, South Carolina, or other points east of Conway, South Carolina, to a connection with the Waccamaw Coastline Railroad in Horry County, South Carolina.

2.         To coordinate their best efforts to prevent the abandonment of rail service in Columbus County, North Carolina, and in Marion and Horry Counties, South Carolina, in order to promote economic development.

3.         To promote the overall health, well‑being, and economic growth of Columbus County, North Carolina, Horry and Marion Counties, South Carolina, through improved rail service, improved rail infrastructure, and improved connections to the interstate freight rail network of the United States.

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Talk is Cheap: Jones criticizes Waddell for voting against largest teacher pay raise in NC history

BrendenJones_smlTABOR CITY, N.C. – Brenden Jones, candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives in District 46, today criticized incumbent House member Ken Waddell for voting against the largest pay raise for teachers in North Carolina history.

“Talk is cheap. It is one thing to talk about supporting our teachers, and another to actually do something about it,” Jones said. “Like so many other career politicians, Ken Waddell has paid lip service to the idea of supporting teachers in North Carolina, but today he voted against the largest teacher pay increase in state history. That is inexcusable. Our district deserves a representative who will back up his rhetoric with action and real leadership on key issues such as supporting our teachers, recruiting industry to our area, promoting our vital agriculture interests, and standing up for rural transportation needs. When elected, I pledge to be a leader who fights for rural southeastern North Carolina every day.”

The bill Waddell voted against provides public school educators an average seven percent raise – averaging $3,500 per teacher. The $282 million investment will be largest teacher pay raise in state history – moving North Carolina from 46th to an estimated 32nd in national teacher pay rankings.

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 for over 14 years and currently operates two businesses in Columbus County.   He is a past member of the Columbus County Board of Elections and served as the board’s chairman. Jones was recently appointed to the Rural Center board by Lt. Governor Dan Forest, where he serves on the transition team and is helping lead the effort to restore transparency and integrity to the center. He serves as a Deacon at Tabor City Baptist Church. The district includes all of Columbus County and portions of Bladen and Robeson Counties.

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Brenden Jones to file for N.C. House District 46 on Tuesday, February 18 at 3:30 p.m.

SignTABOR CITY, N.C. – Brenden Jones, a Columbus County native and Tabor City businessman, will officially file as a candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives in District 46 this Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at the Columbus County Board of Elections, located at 50 Legion Drive, Suite A, Whiteville, NC 28472.  The district includes all of Columbus County and portions of Bladen and Robeson Counties.

“During the weeks since I announced my candidacy, I have become even more convinced that Columbus, Bladen and Robeson Counties need a new voice in the State House,” said Jones.  “We live in a great corner of North Carolina, and our area has great economic potential, but we need new leadership to make it happen.  When elected, I will continuously work to ensure that our citizens have a strong, credible voice in Raleigh.”

“Southeastern North Carolina needs jobs,” Jones added.  “Columbus, Bladen and Robeson Counties have some of the highest unemployment rates in the state.  Truly sustainable, long-term job creation must come from the private sector.  That’s why I will work to continue reforming our state’s regulatory climate to ensure that we can compete with South Carolina when it comes to recruiting industries.  Additionally, I will fight to ensure that Columbus, Bladen and Robeson Counties have a seat at the table and are not forgotten in regional economic development discussions.”

“I plan to run an active, aggressive campaign, and I look forward to meeting the residents of District 46, hearing your concerns, and earning your vote,” Jones added.

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 for over 14 years and currently operates two businesses in Columbus County.   He is a past member of the Columbus County Board of Elections and served as the board’s chairman.  Jones was recently appointed to the Rural Center board by Lt. Governor Dan Forest, where he serves on the transition team and is helping lead the effort to restore transparency and integrity to the center. He serves as a Deacon at Tabor City Baptist Church.

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Enough is Enough

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Any time you challenge the status quo, the status quo fights back.  I knew this race would be tough — but I didn’t know it would turn this dirty, this fast.

As you may know, earlier this week my campaign held a kickoff luncheon with Lt. Governor Dan Forest.  I have it on good authority from multiple sources that, leading up to the event, a well-known operative who is at the center of the Democrat machine in Columbus County threatened people with political retribution if they came to my kickoff.

They came anyway.

The event was a tremendous success, attracting a crowd of approximately 100 people that included both prominent Republicans and Democrats.

Now, this same operative has contacted the media and falsely accused my church of violating its tax status, falsely claiming the church endorsed my candidacy.

While my church did include an announcement about my kickoff in the church newsletter, they did not endorse my candidacy.

My church acted fully within its rights, and the person who made these false accusations knows it.

If merely informing people about a political function is a violation of a non-profit organization’s tax status, then we could put together a long list of left-wing “non-profits” and left-leaning churches that violate their tax status on a daily basis.

Now, the militant atheist groups that want to remove any mention of God from American life are fixating on this issue.

Left-wing groups have already blogged or written about our case.  One of them, a Charlotte resident whose biography on his Facebook page says he is a writer for The Atheist Survival Guide, wrote in a Facebook post about my church that churches and other non-profits should not engage in any political activity.

Does this include educating members about important social issues, such as the Marriage Protection Amendment that Columbus County voters overwhelmingly supported in 2012?

Does this apply to both liberal and conservative groups?

When asked about this issue, my pastor – who is one of the finest men I know – sincerely stated that the church wants its members to be involved in the political process, and added that the church would have published a similar announcement for a Democrat candidate.

The atheist leader from Charlotte responded on Facebook by calling my pastor a “dumb*ss.”  This atheist activist from Charlotte has even contacted my church about this issue.

Do we really want left-wing activists from Charlotte telling us how to live our lives in southeastern North Carolina?

I think not.

I wonder if this person would have taken issue with a left-wing non-profit aligned with his views that informed its members about a liberal candidate’s event?  Or is his ire reserved only for those who happen to be conservative Christians?

The Pilgrims made the treacherous trek across the Atlantic largely to escape an oppressive government that violated their religious freedom.  Our Founding Fathers drafted a Constitution and Bill of Rights that was designed to protect citizens’ religious freedom from the long arm of big government.

Now, the founders’ intent has been turned upside down by militant atheist groups like the ones that are taking an interest in this case and by misguided federal judges whose rulings run counter to the intent of our Constitution’s framers.

Make no mistake:  these people don’t want freedom of religion, they want freedom from religion. 

That’s not the America where I grew up.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  The first portion of this clause means that Congress shall not impose a state religion on our citizens.

These militant atheists are trying to subvert our Constitution by using the Courts to make atheism the de facto state religion in America.

Enough is enough.

It is time for those of us who value faith, family and freedom – including religious freedom – to take a stand and fight for our values.

Enough is enough.

It is time for us to stand up to the anti-Christian bigotry demonstrated by groups that believe all forms of speech and expression should be tolerated – unless they happen to be conservative or Christian in nature.

We cannot control what happens elsewhere in North Carolina or across the nation, but we can take a stand right here in southeastern North Carolina. 

I intend to do just that, but I cannot do it alone.  I need your help.  If you agree with me, please join my team by doing one or more of the following:

Thank you for your love for our great nation.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Brenden Jones

P.S.  Click here to view photos from my kickoff on Facebook.

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Lt. Governor Dan Forest to speak at Whiteville fundraiser on January 21

TABOR CITY, N.C. – Lt. Governor Dan Forest is scheduled to speak at an upcoming fundraising luncheon for Brenden Jones, Republican candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives in District 46.  The luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Vineland Station, located at 701 S. Madison Street, Whiteville, NC  28472.  District 46 includes all of Columbus County and portions of Bladen and Robeson Counties.  Click here to reserve your seat today.

“I have had the privilege of getting to know Lt. Governor Dan Forest over the past couple of years, and I am humbled that he is willing to make the trip to Columbus County to support my candidacy,” said Jones.

“Columbus, Robeson and Bladen Counties need a new leader who can build the relationships needed to ensure that we have a strong voice in Raleigh,” Jones added.  “If elected, I will continuously work to be that voice.”

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Tabor City Businessman Brenden Jones to run for N.C. House District 46

BrendenJonesTABOR CITY, N.C. – Brenden Jones, a Columbus County native and Tabor City businessman, announced his candidacy for the N.C. House of Representatives in District 46.  The district includes all of Columbus County and portions of Bladen and Robeson Counties.

“Southeastern North Carolina needs jobs,” says Jones.  “Columbus, Bladen and Robeson Counties have some of the highest unemployment rates in the state.  Truly sustainable, long-term job creation must come from the private sector.  That’s why I will work to continue reforming our state’s regulatory climate to ensure that we can compete with South Carolina when it comes to recruiting industries.  Additionally, I will fight to ensure that Columbus, Bladen and Robeson Counties have a seat at the table and are not forgotten in regional economic development discussions.”

“I plan to run an active, aggressive campaign, and I look forward to meeting the residents of District 46, hearing your concerns, and earning your vote,” Jones added.

“I have been in touch with former Representative G.L. Pridgen, who very ably represented this district, throughout this process,” Jones concluded.  “G.L. and his wife, Wendy, have been very supportive, and I will continue to rely on their advice and counsel as we move forward.”

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 for over 14 years and currently operates two businesses in Columbus County.   He is a past member of the Columbus County Board of Elections and served as the board’s chairman.  Jones was recently appointed to the Rural Center board by Lt. Governor Dan Forest, where he serves on the transition team and is helping lead the effort to restore transparency and integrity to the center. He serves as a Deacon at Tabor City Baptist Church.

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