Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Update from the Campaign Trail

Christmas Parades

There are three Christmas parades that I will be participating in as a candidate for NC House:

Greensboro Jaycees Holiday Parade
Where: Downtown Greensboro
When: Saturday, December 3rd @ 10:00 AM

Pleasant Garden Christmas Parade
Where: Pleasant Garden, NC
When: Sunday, December 4th @ 3:00 PM

Gibsonville Christmas Parade
Where: Gibsonville, NC
When: Saturday, December 10th @ 2:00 PM

Campaign Kick-off Fundraiser

Our first campaign fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, January 11th. This event will help us raise the funds necessary to keep our campaign moving forward. Special guests will include Congressman Howard Coble and Speaker Thom Tillis of the NC House.

More details on the event will be provided when they are available. Please mark the date on your calendar for Wednesday, January 11th!

Outreach to Small Businesses

Over the past few days I have been reaching out to small business owners in the community to seek their opinion on state government. All of them have essentially expressed the same concern: Don't raise taxes!

The business owners that I have spoken with want the government off their back. They know that high taxes and excessive regulations are bad for their business.

As a fiscal conservative, I will not vote to raise taxes. In fact, I will work to lower taxes and to decrease the overall size of government. Doing this will create a better economic environment for small businesses, which will lead to higher productivity and job creation.

Website is Up and Running

Our new campaign website (www.jonhardister.com) is up and running. Please check it out and share it with your friends. Also, feel free to provide me with feedback if you have any comments or suggestions!

Well, that's it for now. More campaign updates will be coming soon...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day!

Today we honor the brave men and women who serve or have served in the United States Armed Forces. Freedom as we know it would not be possible without their sacrifice. Thank you to all of those who have dedicated their life to keeping our country safe and secure.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Excellent Run by Chris Lawyer

Chris Lawyer, who is a close friend of mine, made an excellent run for City Council at-large. He did not win but he ran a very effective campaign and came close to getting elected.

There are three at-large seats on city council. Six candidates, including Chris Lawyer, advanced through last month’s primary contest. Out of those six candidates, the top three get elected to City Council.

With the results being complete but unofficial, Chris finished in fourth place out of the six at-large candidates. Out of more than 90,000 votes casted, Chris was less than 1,000 votes behind third place. He also won the second most amount of precincts, second only to Yvonne Johnson.

This is a very strong showing for a first-time candidate. Chris is a bright young man who has natural ability as a political candidate. Chances are good that you haven’t seen the last of Chris Lawyer.

Friday, November 4, 2011

We're Going to Win in 2012!

Yesterday I issued an email containing a press release stating my candidacy for N.C. House District 59. Since then, I have received a lot of positive feedback and encouragement about my campaign.

I am very thankful for all of the support that I have received in the past 24 hours. We are on track to build a strong and successful campaign. There is no question that our efforts will be successful if we work together and stay focused.

Now I would like to explain why I decided to run for this position and why the announcement was made when it was.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice pre-cleared the redistricting maps that were passed into law by the General Assembly. This indicates that the maps are legal and that they are in compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

Although there will be lawsuits, it is now more difficult for the maps to be challenged in court. Therefore, it appears likely that the maps will go into effect for the 2012 elections.

Under the new maps, I am located in N.C. House District 59, which is an open seat. This particular district leans Republican in voter registration, which makes it very winnable for a conservative candidate.

After discovering that I would be living in this district, I decided that I would more than likely make a run for it. I then began to lay the groundwork for a possible campaign, but I didn't want to go public with my intentions until the maps were cleared.

When the maps were cleared earlier this week, I knew that it was time to go public with my intentions. I then put together a press release, which I submitted to the local media on Wednesday night.

Running for public office in 2010 was a fantastic experience. I met a lot of great folks and learned a lot on the campaign trail. Being a candidate was a humbling experience and it increased my passion for public service.

As you know, we have been faced with a serious economic downturn in North Carolina. In fact, the unemployment rate here is higher than the national average. This, of course, is unacceptable.

Fortunately, the citizens of North Carolina elected a conservative majority to the General Assembly in 2010 for the first time in over a century. But there is still work to be done. It is important that we expand our conservative majority in the General Assembly and elect a Republican governor in 2012.

As we move forward, we are going to run a positive campaign that focuses on ideas and solutions. Economic development and job creation are going to be the most important part of my platform. As a fiscal conservative, I believe that we must rely on the private sector, not the government, to pull us out of this recession.

Please know that I need your support to make this campaign a success. I am dedicated to winning this election but I need your help to make it happen. There is no way that I could do this without generous support from people like you.

North Carolina is my home and I want to help secure a bright future for our citizens. Times are tough but I know that our best days are still ahead. Best wishes and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Special Announcement

The following is a press release that was sent to the local media yesterday:

Greensboro Native Jon Hardister Announces Bid for NC House District 59

Contact: Jon Hardister: (336) 404-8791
November 2, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC - Greensboro native and resident Jon Hardister announced Wednesday his intentions to seek the Republican nomination for NC House District 59.

In a statement, Hardister said, "I was born and raised here in Guilford County. This community has taught me that hard work and perseverance are vital to success and afforded me the opportunity to prosper. I want to give back to the community that has given me so much. It is my passion for public service and concern about North Carolina's future that has encouraged me to run for office. My campaign platform will center on economic growth and job creation for the citizens of Guilford County and all of North Carolina."

Jon was born and raised in Greensboro, NC as the only child of Wayne and Carolyn Hardister. He attended Moorehead Elementary School, Kiser Middle School, and Grimsley High School. After graduating from high school, Jon attended Greensboro College where he obtained a BA in Political Science. His plan was to attend law school after graduating from college, but decided that he was ready to go to work instead. He currently works at First Carolina Mortgage, a business that his family started in 1990.

Jon added, "Trust and accountability will be an important part of my message to the voters. I look forward to running a positive campaign that focuses on ideas that will help secure a better future for our citizens."

More details coming soon!