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