I am Edgar V. Starnes, a member the North Carolina House for the 87th District. I am a lifelong resident of Caldwell County, having grown up on a dairy farm south of Granite Falls. I continue to live in southern Caldwell County with my wife of twenty-three years, Marilyn Starnes, and our thirteen-year-old daughter, Mary Catherine. We are active members of the First Baptist Church of Granite Falls where I am an ordained deacon and Sunday school teacher. I am a past president of the Granite Falls Rotary Club and currently serve as chairman of the board for the Lovelady Rescue Squad. I am a self-employed real estate investor.

I am currently serving my ninth term in the North Carolina House. In past sessions I have served as chairman of the Banking Committee and the Committee on Travel and Tourism. I have co-chaired a study commission on municipal annexation. Presently, the committees I serve on are Finance, Alcoholic Beverage Control, Commerce, Election Laws, and Agriculture.

I have enjoyed serving the people of Caldwell County for the past 15 years in the North Carolina House and I hope to continue as your Representative in Raleigh.

I am committed to giving the hard working, taxpaying citizens of this district the conservative leadership they have come to expect and deserve. I have long been interested in the economic and spiritual well being of our citizens and my voting record reflects this concern.

I work hard to be attentive to the needs of people and I have done my best to be accessible to the voters of Caldwell County. My years of service and seniority have placed me in a position to look after the best interest of Caldwell County.

I know the rules of the House as well as the decision makers in Raleigh. I know how to get things done. I have lived in Caldwell County all of my life and I know firsthand the needs and concerns of our citizens. Because Caldwell County is my home, I have a vested interest in making sure that our County is the best place possible to live, work and raise a family.

This coming session of the General Assembly will be critical to the people of Caldwell County. My number one priority will be jobs. We must aggressively pursue jobs so people can go back to work. It is imperative that North Carolina adopt an economic growth policy that benefits each of us.

I am convinced that raising taxes during these uncertain times is not an option. We have more government than we can afford. With gas prices so high and the economy being what it is, our families do not deserve the additional burden of higher taxes.