About Andy Stevens

Hello, my name is Andy Stevens and I am running to be the next North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture.  The Department of Agriculture is one, if not the most powerful Department in our State Government. With such power comes the opportunity to abuse it.  I submit this power HAS and CONTINUES to be abusive toward citizens of the State in general and small family farmers in particular. I cannot sit by and let this abuse of power, unchecked, continue.  If you agree, vote for me.

 I am a native of Chicago, Illinois and first had the opportunity to experience life in North Carolina while assigned to the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg in the early 1980’s. The attraction to our State was so strong I purchased a home in Fayetteville at that time.  Raising a family and taking advantages of opportunities afforded me caused me to leave for other places, but the fondness for our State remained.  In 2001, I returned to North Carolina for good, residing in both Iredell and now Guilford Counties.  I am a lifelong registered Republican from my very first opportunity to vote for President Ronald Reagan in 1980.

In 1974 I swore an Oath to “Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” upon my acceptance into the Corps of Cadets of the United States Military Academy at West Point.   I graduated in 1978 with a “General” Bachelor of Science Degree and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.  I served my country with both honor and distinction, across the United States and overseas, achieving the rank of Major before leaving the service, both Active and Reserve in 1991.

Today, I am a Supervisor with XLC Services in Greensboro.  For almost twenty years I rose through the ranks in the Propane (LPG) Gas service and Distribution industry.  I started as a local Branch Manager and progressed through District, Regional, and General Manager assignments for national top tier multi-state Propane companies.  I was privileged to serve as Director of Supply and Transportation, Director of Budgets,  and Assistant Vice President/Corporate Treasurer of the same along the way.

For some time I’ve been, as the Greensboro News and Record calls me, a “conservative activist”.  I am a regular attendee to County Commission and County School Board meetings, and always speak about the need to adhere to traditional conservative values of limited government, fiscal discipline, elimination of special favors, and gun rights.  I travel frequently to Raleigh when the General Assembly is in session and I have spoken before numerous Committee Hearings there as well.  

Perhaps I am most recognizable as GRNC’s Director of Local Government Affairs.  A volunteer organization, GRNC is our State’s “No Compromise” gun rights group.  I have travelled across our State, day and night to speak before County Commissions and City Councils mustering support and offering a voice to encouraging the repeal of knee jerk ordinances created in the mid 1990’s denying citizens the right of self protection in government buildings and properties.  Similarly, I have been an active participant in Raleigh on 2nd Amendment issues as well helping see to it that good firearms provisions were and continue to be signed into law. (HB973 in 2013 and HB562 in 2015, and others both sessions!)

I am married to my wonderful wife, Mickey and we reside in Guilford County along with two dogs, two cats, and a bird.  Our three kids have successful families of their own in Florida, Oklahoma, and North Carolina.  Thank you for visiting my campaign website.  Please consider contributing and voting for me.

Andy Stevens

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Issues

I am running for the Office of Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Department itself is a vast, expansive Bureaucracy that exercises oversight over far more than just crops and livestock. It is in many ways, a Bureaucracy run a muck. This is a natural consequence of entrenched leadership no longer willing to listen to the people they serve. Take a moment to review the following Seven Issues and you will clearly see that my positions are vastly different than those of my entrenched incumbent.

Issue number 7, while not a direct responsibility of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services is important to acknowledge because our current Commissioner, along with his special interest friends is a leading Cheerleader and Fund Raiser for promoting passage of the costly and unnecessary 2 Billion Dollar NC Connects Bond. I strongly encourage all North Carolina voters to vote “NO” on this Bond question on the March 15th Ballot.

Issues

  1. North Carolina Citizen’s Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms

I unequivocally support the right of citizens to exercise their 2nd Amendment birthright. This right extends even to the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. As Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, I will lift the present restriction denying nearly 500,000 North Carolinians who possess a Concealed Cary Permit permission to legally carry a firearm in accordance with the law.

The applicable State Statute is as follows:

SECTION 4.(a)  Article 45 of Chapter 106 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

"§ 106503.2.  Regulation of firearms at State Fair.

(a)        Except as otherwise provided in this section, the Commissioner of Agriculture is authorized to prohibit the carrying of firearms in any manner on the State Fairgrounds during the period of time each year that the State Fair is conducted.

(b)        Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, any prohibition under this section shall not apply to the following persons:

(1)        Any person exempted by G.S. 14269(b)(1), (2), (3), (4), or (5).

(2)        Any person who has a concealed handgun permit that is valid under Article 54B of this Chapter, or who is exempt from obtaining a permit pursuant to that Article, who has a handgun in a closed compartment or container within the person's locked vehicle or in a locked container securely affixed to the person's vehicle. A person may unlock the vehicle to enter or exit the vehicle provided the firearm remains in the closed compartment at all times and the vehicle is locked immediately following the entrance or exit."

 

  1. Voluntary Term Limits

I am limited government, constitutional conservative. I am an advocate for voluntary Term Limits for ANY Elected Official in ANY Elected Office. I pledge to stay for no more than TWO Terms in ANY Elected Office to which I may be elected. Elected Office was never meant to be a Career for Politicians. Repeat terms of three, for, and even longer only lows a fertile field for deep pocketed special interests to raise crops of corruption, favoritism, and arrogance. I encourage ALL VOTERS to throw out Incumbents desiring to stay in the same office for THREE OR MORE consecutive terms.

 

  1. Government Mandates and Government Lists

http://yourdailyjournal.com/news/local-news-5/2252/state-mandates-chicken-registration

Officials say the information used “solely for animal health purposes” and “will provide animal health officials with necessary contact information in case of an animal health concern.”

However, some state residents see the measure as nothing more than government overreach.

“They claim that it is to protect N.C. poultry from the bird flu, but it feels like they are using this as an excuse to target and track owners of backyard chickens,” said Nicole Revels, a conservative activist from Caldwell County. “There has not been a single case of the avian flu in North Carolina.””


 

Co-opting a voluntary program and turning it into a MANDATORY REGISTRATION regimen speaks of BIG GOVERNMENT at its worst. Further, the imposition of a concurrent SALES BAN is certainly not in the best interests of small and backyard poultry raisers. Government should neither REQUIRE the purchase of a product (as in OBAMACARE) nor RESTRICT the lawful private sector activities of its citizens. The current Commissioner of Agriculture is clearly stepping outside of constitutional boundaries with his edict. No man should make himself “KING” and treat his fellow citizens as Vassals” of the Kingdom. As I recall, our forefathers staged a REBELLION and a REVOLUTION to displace an out of touch “KING” with a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC.

If this were not bad enough, another dangerous infringement of our Rights has a deadline looming just two weeks after the Primary Election. Another provision in this past year's legislation has the potential to create and maintain an unconstitutional Firearms Registry. This requirement was tucked also into HB562 in the 2015 Session of the General Assembly and signed into Law by Governor McCrory:

SECTION 4.(b)  The Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Department of Public Safety and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association, shall study the best method to allow persons with concealed handgun permits to carry a concealed handgun on their person from a parking lot to the entrance of the State Fairgrounds, and a secure method of storage for and retrieval of those handguns at or near the entrance. The Department of Agriculture shall report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety by April 1, 2016, with recommendations, including any necessary legislation.

The Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services has been instructed by law to report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety by April 1, 2016 with recommendations, including any necessary legislation. I hereby call on the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services to immediately publicly release his intended legislation concerning this matter and its potential to create a government firearms registration scheme. The millions of firearms owners who can exercise Open or Concealed Carry of firearms legally throughout the State of North Carolina ought not be blindsided two weeks after the March Primary elections, nor should they in the future be a Name on a Government List merely for exercising their rights to the only to be stopped at the Entrance Gate of the North Carolina State Fair.

 

  1. Regulatory Overreach and Cost of Compliance for North Carolinians to Follow Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Rules, Regulations, and Mandates

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  1. Deer Farms and Importation of Chronic Wasting Disease

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  1. Fear, Favors, and Retribution Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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  1. Support of the Costly and Unnecessary NC Connects Bond

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Sean & Jennifer Lu
12-26-2015
We have personally watched Andy Stevens work and sacrifice in defending our Constitutional rights.

He is a true NON-establishment conservative that works and fights for the average citizen.

We fully support and endorse Andy Stevens as the next NC Commissioner of Agriculture.

We hope he will be elected so that he may stand up for North Carolina against those currently in office that would place our indigenous deer population at risk for monetary gain.

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E.J. Southworth
12-24-2015
Andy is a true conservative and supporter of individual rights and the 2nd Amendment. He's got my vote! He should have your vote, too.