Rep. McNeely headed to Raleigh after taking oath of office
BY BRANDY TEMPLETON
Jeff McNeely is officially the representative for the 84th District in the North Carolina House.
McNeely, who resigned his seat as a county commissioner after being selected by the Iredell County Republican Party's Executive Committtee, succeeds Rena Turner, who retired on June 27.
A 1982 graduate of West Iredell High School, McNeely beamed as he recited the oath of office Saturday evening at the Iredell County Government Center in Statesville.
After serving as a county commissioner for three years, McNeely said he wants to continue to make a difference for the county. Among his top priorities are helping dairy farmers and changing Iredell County’s “tier three” status.
“I am working on passing a bill to reinstate the North Carolina Milk Commission,” McNeely said. “It will help struggling farmers.”
He also wants to bring money back into Iredell County. He’s not happy that a good portion of Iredell County’s money is going to help the other 80 counties in the state.
“I want Iredell County to have its fair share,” he said.
McNeely will be serving on the House agriculture, education and judicial committtees.
Iredell County Register of Deeds Ron Wyatt believes McNeely is the best man for the job.
“His work ethic as commissioner lays a good foundation for what we expect from him in Raleigh,” Wyatt said.
McNeely can’t wait to get started.
“I feel elated and extremely nervous excited to go first thing Monday morning and work as hard as I know how to for the people of Iredell County,” he said.