TABOR CITY — Brenden Jones, a Republican businessman from Tabor City, has announced that he is running for the N.C. House of Representatives seat representing District 46. The district includes all of Columbus County and portions of Bladen and Robeson counties.
District 46 is currently represented by Ken Waddell, a Democrat from Chadbourn.
“Southeastern North Carolina needs jobs,” Jones, a Columbus County native, said in a statement. “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,” Jones said. “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.”
Jones said that he plans to rely on advice from former state Rep. G.L. Pridgen, a Republican, and his wife Wendy, as his campaign moves forward.
Jones is a graduate of Waccamaw Academy. He has been a small business owner for more than 14 years and currently operates two businesses in Columbus County.
Jones is a past member of the Columbus County Board of Elections and served as the board’s chairman. He 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. and he and his wife Angela have two daughters.
For information, visit http://www.jonesforhouse.com.