POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT. December 8, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Republican Ray Pickett, a long-term resident of the High Country, filed for election to represent Ashe and Watauga in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Pickett, who resides in Blowing Rock, is a former Town Council member of the Blowing Rock Town Council.
Ray Pickett has also served on the Blowing Rock Planning Board, President of the Rotary Club of Blowing Rock, and the Blowing Rock Historical Society. He currently serves on the board of the Hunger & Health Coalition based in Boone.
In announcing his candidacy, Pickett stated: “The High Country needs responsive and responsible representation in the NC House, which has been missing for the last two years. We need a representative who can be effective in Raleigh and represents our values.
The High Country needs someone who is looking out for us, and not the liberal inside the beltway agenda. Ray Russell’s opposition to the “Born Alive” bill is inexcusable, and we must protect the lives of our most vulnerable children.
Ray Russell’s opposition to the State Budget has resulted in our hardworking teachers not getting a much deserved 4% pay raise, and makes for the first year in the last five consecutive years teacher pay has not increased.
Ray Russell’s opposition to the State Budget has also prevented our University employees from receiving their raise, and has caused Appalachian State to miss out on $25,000,000 in desperately needed renovations to Wey Hall.
Ray Pickett and his wife Melissa have owned and operated the Blowing Rock Inn for almost twenty years.