Jay Stands For Jobs Re-Elect Jay Adams for 96th District House Representative Read More Need a Sign? Donate Volunteer A Short Message From Jay I am a life long Republican and I want to continue to represent you in Raleigh. I will continue to use my business experiences and conservative economic principles. I have been very successful during my first 2 terms. I have more work I want to do for our district. The person that holds the 96th District seat should be familiar with the local municipal governments, the county government, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation. It is an added advantage if the person holding the seat has engaged in community service activities with other business people from the area and the region to work to address emerging issues. The network that these activities creates will be invaluable when dealing with issues and opportunities that emerge. For more than 25 years, Jay has served on numerous boards and committees in the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, and the City of Hickory. These committes have provided Jay with hands on experience dealing with the issues that directly lead to economic development: transportation, land use, air quality, water quality, and government affairs. As a small business owner, he understands the importance of cutting red tape and unnecessary regulations so businesses can succeed and create new jobs. As a commercial real estate broker, he understands what it takes to attract businesses and industries to move to our area, bringing good jobs with them. Jay graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in Education, he has a unique grasp of the critical role our schools will play in the future of the 96th District. Education will be an extremely important component of Catawba County's future as well as that of North Carolina. "Excellence in Education" is absolutely essential. True excellence can only be achieved through diverse educational opportunities. Educational choice provides opportunities for students, families, and teachers. It should be noted that during the difficult years in the late 70's and early 80's Jay attended CVCC to study mechanical drawing, computer science and real estate. His study of real estate at CVCC earned him his license in 1983 and lead to a successful career in commercial real estate. Jay served on the Board of the Peaks to Piedmont Girl Scout Council for several years. He is a member of the Elks Club and a former member of Rotary and was a Paul Harris Fellow.He and his wife, Donna, have been a members of the First Baptist Church in Hickory since 1987. Their daughter Elizabeth graduated from N.C. State University in 2013 and now lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Their son is a senior at N.C. State studying business. He is an Air Force cadet and will enter the United States Air Force upon graduation. Background Expand "When I ran for office the issue that we faced in the 96th District was all about economics. We have made great progress in North Carolina but now we must prepare to compete for the opportunities that will emerge in the state. In Catawba County have reduced unemployment from 14.6% in 2010 to 3.3%. Employment across the state has increased from 3.8 million to 4.4 million. Since 2012, the price-adjusted annual rate of growth in North Carolina's gross domestic product has averaged 2.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. That's the 13th-fastest growth rate in the nation. As the economy continues to expand, communities all over NC will compete with each other for business opportunities. It is imperative that Catawba County and the communities in Catawba County be prepared. I submit to you that Catawba County, Hickory, Conover, and Newton are better prepared today that at any time I have been involved in the business community over the past thirty years. One of my greatest assets has been the long-term relationships I have developed by participating in local government activities, and community projects. It is though those relationships developed while living in Catawba County for more than 40 years I was able to fill a seat on the State Community College Board and two seats on the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. I can report that these appointments have performed admirably on behalf of Catawba County. I am extremely proud of Bill McBrayer, Mike Johnson and Dean Proctor." Serving on numerous boards and committees in the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, and the City of Hickory provided me with hands on experience that prepared me to serve on the House Transportation Committee, Environment Committee, Commerce Committee, and the State & Local Government Committee government affairs. Wildlife resources has been a long time passion and my service as Board member and past president of the Catawba Valley Wildlife Club contributed to my appointment as Chair of the Committee on Wildlife Resources. As a small business owner, he understands the importance of cutting red tape and unnecessary regulations so businesses can succeed and create new jobs. This experience has facilitated my judgement regarding regulations that can strangle business development. "In the first three years in Raleigh I have cast nearly 2,700 votes with a 96.3% record of voting on eligible bills. Those votes produced a 93% favorable rating by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce. I am a Constitutional Conservative and my decisions are favorable to enterprise, family values, tradition, diverse educational opportunities and strong communities. I strongly support law enforcement and the rule of law." A strong defender of second amendment rights, Jay is a longtime member, officer, and former president of the Catawba Valley Wildlife Club. He is also a lifetime member of the NRA and was a founding board member of Grass Roots North Carolina. He presently serves on the Board of the Peaks to Piedmont Girl Scout Council and is a member of the Elks Club. He and his wife, Donna, have been a members of the First Baptist Church in Hickory since 1987. Their daughter Elizabeth graduated from N.C. State University in 2013 and now lives and works in Colorado Springs, CO. Their son James is a senior at NC State and will enter the United States Air Force upon graduation. Community & Experience Expand Jay moved to Catawba County in 1975 and worked in the furniture industry. The mid 1970's were difficult years with high interest rates, high inflation and very low economic activity. In 1978 Jay took a job at Deville Furniture at a minimum wage job. Within a year business had picked up and he was given the task of creating a 'management training program'. This was a real challenge. His solution was to learn all he could about the operation of the plant by taking the place of any worker that was absent in a place that would hold up production. By doing this he got to work all over the plant, meet all of the employees and build respect. After setting up a central receiving warehouse and an inventory control system he left for another opportunity. Jay has never forgotten the people he worked with and the camaraderie of working in a manufacturing environment. In 1983 Jay took a job with SIECOR as a Technical Communications Specialist writing instruction manuals for various procedure and equipment. He had to complete the training courses for field engineers learning how to splice fiber optic cable and use the various instruments. A layoff of nearly 400 employees in 1986 lead Jay to the commercial real estate career. Being self-employeed Jay soon found his way to the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. His first committee assignment was in 1992 as Chair of the Transportation Committee. In those days the Chair of the committee was given a seat on the Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Coordinating Committee. Jay has continued to serve on that committee for most of the last 20 years. In 1993 Mr. Adams was appointed to the Hickory Horizons Committee and served on the Local Government and Transportation Committee under Murray Tate. He was appointed Chair of the Transportation sub-committee. In 1994 & 1995 Jay served as Chair of both the Transportation Committee and the Highway 321 Task Force Committee. Appointed to the Hickory by Choice Committee in 1998. From 1999 thru 2001, the committee worked to developed a vision of how the citizens of Hickory wanted the community to look and function in the future. In 2001, Hickory adopted a new land use plan and zoning ordinance based on the conclusions of the committee. Mr. Adams served on the steering committee for the 14 county 1998 Environmental Summit initiated by the Mecklenburg County Commission. Since 1998, Jay has been involved in activities geared toward understanding land use and development patterns and how they relate to transportation infrastructure. Land use, transportation, air and water quality are inextricably intertwined. By understanding the impact of transportation, land use, and development coupled with prudent planning we can avoid costly errors. Jay's interest in land use and environmental issues has continued. He was a participant in Hickory's Center City Project and participated in the Western Piedmont Council of Governments Unifour Air Quality Committee. In his continuing involvement with the Western Piedmont's Metropolitan Planning Organization he was assigned to the Charlotte Regional Roads Committeeand continues to serve on that committee Jay served on the Chamber Government Affairs Committee and the Future Economy Council. He is committed to continuing to learn about issues which both directly and indirectly affect economic development. He believes comprehensive knowledge and a thorough understanding of the marketplace is necessary to identify the most suitable sites for commercial development. In 2009 Jay was appointed to the City of Hickory's Businesss Development Committee at the invitation of Mayor Rudy Wright. In 2013 Jay was was appointed to the City's Brownfield Advisory Group and continues to serve on that committee. Both initatives are focused on business development. Jay is a graduate of The Citadel, a member of the The Catawba Valley Wildlife Club (past President) and the First Baptist Church. He enjoys shooting sports (Civilian Marksmanship Program), hunting, photography and motor sports. He and his wife, Donna, have two children, James & Elizabeth and make their home in the Claremont Historic district of downtown Hickory. Education Expand Jay graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in Education; he taught school in South Carolina to complete that curriculum. He has a unique grasp of the critical role our schools will play in the future of the 96th District. Education will be an extremely important component of Catawba County's future as well as North Carolina. "Excellence in Education" is absolutely essential. In 2014 when Jay ran for office, the challenge was creating jobs. Now that jobs have been created, we must have an educational apparatus that will provide a well-trained workforce to fill the jobs. Catawba County has one of the most innovative community colleges in North Carolina. CVCC's simulated hospital, furniture academy, manufacturing academy, and construction academy are benchmarks for community colleges all over North Carolina. The next program that CVCC is developing is K-64. This innovative program is based on the reality that our education will never end. We will be trained and educated throughout our careers. This program creates the much needed linkage between the interest of business and education. Innovation is not without risk. If a school is to innovate, it must be free to take chances, to try new methods, to move freely in the environment where it operates. We must extend this environment to the K-12 classrooms. This can be best achieved if a choice of educational options is available to families, students, as well as teachers. A marketplace of ideas for all stakeholders will provide the best outcomes. It should be noted that during the difficult years in the late 70's and early 80's Jay attended CVCC to study mechanical drawing, computer science and real estate. His study of real estate at CVCC earned him his license in 1983 and lead to a successful career in commercial real estate. Jay is a product of public education. Both of his children started at Oakwood Elementary School. Jay and Donna served as President of the PTA. As their children progressed in school, they determined the better option would be a private education. Whether it's a private school, charter school, magnet school, or home schooling, Jay wants to see that families have options for their children to have the best education for their capabilities. Jay still enjoys an occasional stent in the classroom as a substitute teacher or guest speaker. Other Issues Expand School Safety There are a lot of concerns about violence in our society today. Jay has been a long-time shooter, and has enjoyed firearms and the shooting sports all of his life. He also has a strong background in psychology which he studied at The Citadel. With this background, he has unique insight into the problem of school violence. Arts Catawba County has many unique characteristics, one of which is the arts. We have the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Hickory Choral Society, and the Hickory Community Theatre. These organizations cannot be bought, they cannot be purchased. They evolve from the community. They exemplify the unique character of our region and our communities. Jay and Donna have been constant supporters of the arts and the Catawba Science Center. These components are tremendous assets to our community as we try to attract new businesses and workers. They are also important to our educational efforts and Jay will continue to strongly advocate for support of the arts. Personal Interests Jay has a long-time interest in motorsports, photography, and shooting sports. As a photographer, his work was featured in national magazines. He recently donated all of his darkroom equipment to a local high school. He competed in the Civilian Marksmanship Program at a national level. He is A+ rated by the National Rifle Association and has a 4 star rating by Grass Roots North Carolina.