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Ashley Welch Announces Candidacy for District Attorney
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
ASHLEY HORNSBY WELCH
353 Carolina Mountain Drive PMB #134
Franklin, North Carolina 28734
NC State Bar ID# 31591
At the November 16th Macon County Republican General Meeting, Assistant District Attorney
Ashley Welch announced her candidacy for the Office of District Attorney, 30th Prosecutorial
District, in the 2014 election. The 30th District consists of the following counties: Macon,
Swain, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood and Jackson.
Welch has been a North Carolina Assistant District Attorney for over a decade and has been in
the 30th District since May of 2005. She has a strong record of successful prosecutions and is
currently assigned to prosecute major felony cases in the seven counties of the District.
Welch is endorsed by Macon County Sheriff Robert L. Holland, Swain County Sheriff Curtis
Cochran, and numerous other Law Enforcement Officers.
Welch is a Western North Carolina native and has resided in Macon County since 2005. She is
married to Western North Carolina native Brian Welch. She is a graduate of William and Mary
School of Law, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and East Henderson High School.
Welch completed the National District Attorneys Association Career Prosecutor Course and the
North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys Capital Prosecutors School.
Welch received a Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate of Appreciation For Outstanding
Contributions in the Field of Drug Law Enforcement in 2011 and a North Carolina State Bureau
of Investigation Letter of Appreciation in 2012.
Carla Miller, Macon County GOP Chairman, addressed a packed room at the November 16th General Meeting. Carla laid out plans for the upcoming 2014 election year.
Orville Coward, Jr. rose to endorse the candidacy of Ashley Welch for District Attorney at the November 16th General Meeting. He also described the challenges Republicans have historically faced in North Carolina.
The Macon County Republican Party participated in the Gem Capital Gun Show, in Franklin, on November 9 and 10. We raffled off a donated Marlin .22 semi-automatic rifle with scope, held other successful fund raising efforts and made contact with many new Republican supporters who want to stay abreast of events as we head into the 2014 election cycle.
Attorney Bill Coward will be the next superior court judge for the 30th Judicial District. Governor Pat McCrory named Coward as current superior court judge on September 26th following the mandatory retirement of Judge James Downs. Downs has reached the state's mandatory age retirement of 72. Coward's appointed term expires next year and he will be up for reelection in 2014.
Molly Suminski giving a presentation on her experience at the
Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge to Macon County Republicans
The Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge
Since 1995 over 6,000 outstanding students have studied at the Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge (FELC) at Wingate University in Wingate, NC. The exciting program, now also available in Florida, Texas and Michigan, is a five-day conference for select rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. For the first time, one of our own, Molly Suminski represented Macon County at the conference June 16-20.
To qualify for a full scholarship to attend FELC, Molly, a Macon County Early College student, first won an essay contest, sponsored by the GEM Country Republican Women (GEMS). Molly’s essay, “Is Our Constitution Relevant to a Modern and Changing America,” opens with the following words: “Brilliant lights dance across a circuit board as information is bounced between virtual walls of the computer age. Technology has become firmly cemented in our culture, and in such a computer-oriented age, one may question the usefulness of a writing as old as our Constitution.”
The students attending FELC this summer learned to: 1) create and lead new business with real money, 2) develop entrepreneurship skills from successful business leaders, 3) create free market economics, 4) solve problems with their peers, and 5) recognize what it takes to become a principled and philanthropic leader.
How exciting, for the first time, that one of our most promising students brought these skills home to her community. Way to go Molly Suminski!
Senator Jim Davis commemorated Constitution Day at Franklin High School September 17, 2013. At the invitation of Social Studies teacher, John Deville, Senator Davis spoke with about 30 students on the meaning and construction of the Constitution. In addition, on behalf of the local Republican Party, Jim Gray and Carla Miller presented each student with a pocket-size copy of the Constitution. Thank you to Franklin High School for including us and thank you to awesome 10th graders who participated in the event.
Photo courtesy of Macon Media
Harold Corbin, dean of "all things Republican" in Western North Carolina, welcomes Governor Pat McCrory to the Jarrett House, in Dillsboro, on September 12. Governor McCrory lunched and chatted with about 30 people from the area on a myriad of issues. Thanks to the Governor for his frequent trips to the West!
Congressman Mark Meadows (R) held a tele-townhall meeting in six counties on September 17th. He spoke with his constituents on subjects including Obamacare, Syria, Benghazi, and immigration. He will be continuing to hold these calls throughout the 11th District in the coming months.
Congressman Meadows held a record number of town hall meetings throughout the 11th District in August.
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