To my Friends in Henderson County
It has been a great honor to serve the 117th District in Raleigh.
After five years in the legislature, I find myself in a position to positively affect outcomes on issues of critical importance to my constituents. With the economy having improved, we need to increase education funding — and chairing the House’s budget-writing committee gives me the opportunity to make that happen. I also want to see the State complete its acquisition of land for DuPont State Recreational Forest and Headwaters State Forest.
If I had any doubts about running for re-election, those doubts were erased by the response of my constituents on the proposed transmission lines running through Henderson County. My constituents didn’t simply respond by saying ‘Not in our backyards’ — they raised significant concerns and challenged some of the assumptions about the need for the project. I’ve never been prouder, and the system worked. Duke Energy got the message.
I pledged to you when I was first elected that I would strive to get the best possible outcome for the people of my district and for the State of North Carolina — on whatever issue arises.
I am grateful for the confidence that you have placed in me as your state representative in the North Carolina General Assembly, and I will work hard to continue to deserve your trust.
I humbly ask for your support and for your vote.
Chuck’s work in the General Assembly
Representative McGrady is a proven, effective leader for Henderson County
In the past session, Representative Chuck McGrady successfully pushed for insurance coverage for autism. He was one of the key legislators who negotiated the Medicaid reform legislation. As in past sessions, Representative McGrady’s work often focused on issues affecting children or the environment. For example, he passed legislation facilitating the use of epinephrine auto-injectors, sometimes known as “epi-pens,” in child-serving businesses. He also served on several of the conference committees negotiating regulatory reform bills that mostly focused on environmental regulations.
Representative McGrady’s focus has also been on issues that affect his district. In the past session, he passed legislation to allow for hard cider “growlers” that was important to local apple growers, and also legislation clarifying the building code for summer camps. In previous sessions, he was instrumental in passing legislation to help Sierra Nevada locate in Henderson County and in helping Southern Appalachian open in Hendersonville.
A hallmark of Representative McGrady’s service in Raleigh are his frequent legislative newsletters, which he takes the time to write himself — sometimes even multiple times a week. His characteristic candor and detailed explanations of the legislative process have earned him high praise from his constituents, his many Twitter and Facebook followers, and his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. You can read an archive of his personal newsletters here.
To learn more about Representative McGrady’s work in the legislature, please visit his constituent services website at nchouse117.com.
About Chuck McGrady
Serving his third term in the North Carolina General Assembly, Representative Chuck McGrady is a graduate of Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia. After teaching law at Wayne State University Law School in Michigan and clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Representative McGrady spent several years in private practice before being recruited as legal counsel for Contel Corporation, the First Atlanta Corporation, and Alston & Bird, all in Atlanta.
Representative McGrady began working in North Carolina as executive director for the Environmental & Conservation Organization of Henderson County (now MountainTrue). He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Henderson County Board of Social Services and was first elected to serve on the Henderson County Board of Commissioners in 2004, where he served until 2010, until he was first elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives. He has also served on the Henderson County Planning Board, Village Council of Flat Rock, The Henderson County Board of Social Services, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Asheville Airport Authority, and the Green River Community Association.
Representative McGrady has a long and distinguished history of community service and activism on behalf of the environment, youth, and the less fortunate. He has volunteered with Leadership Hendersonville, the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Friends of DuPont Forest (Representative McGrady was instrumental in making the DuPont State Recreational Forest a reality), the Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board, The Rotary Club of Hendersonville, Four Seasons (which provides end-of-life care and palliative care), and lent his managerial talents to the Board of Directors of the American Camp Association, the Board of Trustees of the John Muir Foundation and the Sierra Club (where he served as its National President), the North Carolina Urban Forest Council, the Mountain Resources Commission, and the Georgia Environmental Advisory Council.
This past November, Representative McGrady participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new home of the Interfaith Assistance Ministry in Hendersonville, a 32-year-old agency that feeds and clothes the poor and helps local families in times of need. Representative McGrady has been a long-time benefactor of their important work.
Representative McGrady has also served as chairman of the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Land-of-Sky Regional Council of Governments. In 2012, Representative McGrady was presented with an award given by North Carolina’s 24 land trusts for his work protecting North Carolina’s land and water. In April 2015, Representative McGrady and his wife Jean were honored by the CMLC for their more than two decades of commitment to the area’s conservation efforts. No other member of the General Assembly has more impressive environmental bona fides.
Representative McGrady’s concern for our Western North Carolina’s young people is reflected in his service as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association (a trade association representing summer camps throughout North Carolina), Director Emeritus of Falling Creek Camp in Tuxedo (a summer camp for boys), Children & Family Resource Center, Henderson County Young Leaders Program, and Muddy Sneakers — an education program for kids that focuses on hands-on learning in natural settings.
In July 2014, Falling Creek Camp dedicated a new gym named in honor of the McGrady Family. Chuck and his wife Jean served as directors and owners of Falling Creek from 1989 to 2005.
In August of 2015, Representative McGrady was honored by the by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) with their “Friend of the Counties Award.” Representative McGrady “has been a strong advocate for counties since he joined the legislature,” said NCACC President Ronnie Beale. “He helps keep other legislators informed about how legislation could impact counties. He has truly been a Friend of the Counties.”
In September of 2015, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) presented Representative McGrady with its annual “Legislator of the Year” Award for his strong defense of clean energy policies that have brought benefit to North Carolina’s businesses, citizens and economy.
Representative McGrady served on 11 committees in the House during his second term in the legislature: Agriculture; Education Appropriations (Vice-Chairman); Environment (Vice-Chairman); Ethics; Government; Judiciary (Vice-Chairman); Transportation; the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee; the Environmental Review Commission; the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee; and the Joint Legislative Workforce Development System Reform Oversight Committee.
This year, Representative McGrady was appointed by House Speaker Tim Moore to chair the full Appropriations Committee as well as to serve as co-chairman of the Environmental Review Commission and as Vice-Chairman of both the Judiciary and Environment Committees. He also serves on the Agriculture Committee, the Committee on Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Commerce and Job Development Committee, the Education Committee on Universities, the Ethics Committee, the Transportation Committee and the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee for the 2015-2016 Session.
Among his other many significant accomplishments, Representative McGrady was the primary architect of the historic coal ash bill passed into law last year. He was also the primary sponsor of a number of “beer bills” that became law last session which have helped to facilitate North Carolina’s craft beer renaissance.
“I’m still not sure how exactly I’ve become the beer specialist at the General Assembly,” said Representative McGrady.” But I now sense some appreciation by my 24-year old son, Steve, for the work I do.”
Representative McGrady is very well-respected in Raleigh and he has an excellent reputation — not only across the state, but the entire southeast region — for his wide-ranging command of a diverse and complex set of issues. A former House colleague called him “one of the smartest and most capable legislators in the entire General Assembly.”
His impressive record and his personal effectiveness representing the people of Henderson County led to a decisive re-election victory last year for Representative McGrady, garnering him nearly 75% of the vote in 2014. For some recent local press coverage of Representative McGrady, please read these informative articles in the Hendersonville Lightning and the Hendersonville Times-News.
If re-elected, Representative McGrady will serve a two-year term, his fourth term as a state representative. Please consider donating to support his efforts.
Chuck and his wife Jean have two grown children.
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P.O. Box 723, Hendersonville, NC 28793