Karl Gillespie

For NC House District 120

I am running for NC House 120th district that includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, and Macon Counties.
Serving in the NC House would be an honor, I will do my best to represent the interests of all the citizens in the far western counties of NC.

Vision, Issues, & Values

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I am running for the North Carolina House 120th district. I am a fifth-generation Maconian and am very proud to be from Western North Carolina.

In 1999, I started National Communications, Inc. (NCI) with one technician. Since then NCI has grown to become a regional company providing the installation and maintenance of all types of low voltage communications systems. I am actively involved in our community as a member of the Macon County Board of Commissioners, past member of the Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees, Vice President of the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association, and Macon County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. I am a member of First United Methodist Church. I am married to Janet Taylor Gillespie, who is also a Macon County native, and have one son, Logan.

I share this with you for two reasons. First is to let you know where I stand on some important issues. Second, I would like to ask you for your vote on November 3rd. I will bring the knowledge I have gained as a County Commissioner, as well as over thirty years of business experience and I commit to you that I will apply the same conservative principles to every item that comes before me as a member of the NC House, as I have in my business. Thank you for your consideration.

Broadband: Almost 40% of our households and businesses do not have access to affordable broadband. Due to the enormous cost of deployment of broadband in rural areas, it is going to take an effort that includes the US Government, NC State Government, local government, and private companies working together to create pathways to affordable broadband.
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Economic Development/Sustainable Employment: We should promote an economic climate in the 120th district that attracts new businesses and encourages our present business to expand and grow. We must be as aggressive as possible in competing for new businesses. Sustainable employment co-exists with economic development; jobs and opportunities expand when the economy expands. We should work toward the development of good and decent jobs that allow citizens to better themselves and improve their lives.
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Education: We should support the highest standards of education for our children; they are our future. Class sizes should be maintained to promote effective learning. We should create a pathway for all of our high school graduates who aspire to further education. When discussing funding formulas we must make sure they work for our schools in small rural communities. Our students must be able to compete globally.
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Financial Accountability and Transparency: Every dollar must be spent wisely. We must constantly work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government.
This can be done while providing the citizens all the services to which they are accustomed to and keeping taxes as low as possible.
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Preservation of our Natural Resources and Quality of Life for all Residents: We are blessed with natural beauty that many other areas do not have. Our land, air, and water must be preserved for future generations. This can be done while using our natural resources for outdoor recreation and tourism and maintaining the small-town atmosphere and rural character of Western North Carolina.
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Agriculture: We must continue to promote local agricultural production to feed the world.
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Affordable Healthcare: As with other issues, rural counties are especially hard hit regarding healthcare. We must work together with healthcare providers and insurance companies to find a solution that provides good healthcare at an affordable price. Behavioral health and crisis services must be part of this conversation.
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The Leadership Western North Carolina Needs Right Now

About Karl

Hello, my name is Karl Gillespie.

I am running for NC House District 120 that includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, and Macon Counties. I am a fifth-generation Maconian and am very proud to be from Western North Carolina. In 1999, I started National Communications, Inc. (NCI) with one technician. Since then NCI has grown to become a regional company providing installation and maintenance of all types of low voltage communications systems. I am currently serving as a Macon County Commissioner, liaison to several other boards, and am a past board of Trustee member at Southwestern Community College. I live on our family farm where we have registered black Angus cattle and I am on the local Farm Bureau Board. I am a member of First United Methodist Church. I am married to Janet Taylor Gillespie, who is also a Macon County native, we have one son, Logan.

I look forward to the opportunity to represent the citizens of Clay, Cherokee, Graham, and Macon Counties and I respectfully request your vote on November 3rd.
Thank you.

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