Jay Stands For Jobs

Re-Elect Jay Adams for 96th District House Representative


A Short Message From Jay

"I am a life long Republican and I want to continue to represent you in Raleigh. The job of a Legislator is a challenging one, especially during a pandemic. It requires a commitment to diligently study an extensive variety of issues our states faces. I am committed to work long hours and learn about issues that my fellow Legislators present. My job extends to building relationships with many people and having to make difficult decisions. Sometimes I find myself having to tell people things they don't want to hear. I will continue to use my business experiences and conservative economic principles. Becuse of this, I have been honored with a high ranking by the North Carolina Chamber, Civitas and other conservative organizations. I feel I have been very successful during my first 3 terms in representing Catwaba County citizens. I have more work I want to do for our district, our county, and our state."

As a small business owner, Jay understands the importance of cutting red tape and unnecessary regulations so businesses can flourish and create new jobs. The pandemic of 2020 has illuminated the impact of excessive regulations and governmental oversight on the ability of business and government to respond and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. Experience will be an incredibly important asset in evaluating reforms that will facilitate innovation and adaptive measure as we adjust to our "new normal".
As a commercial real estate broker, he understands what it will take for retail and service providers to accommodate the public's requirements with regard to social distancing and practices that will assure safety.

Rep. Destin Hall and Jay Adams

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 committees 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. Jay has held chairmanships on several Chamber Committees, served on the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and on the original Hickory by Choice Committee. Also, he participated in the Unifour Air Quality project and the 14 county 1998 Environmental Summit sponsored by the Mecklenburg County Commission.

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 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 create will be invaluable when dealing with issues and opportunities that emerge. Jay is a native of North Carolina and has resided in Hickory since 1975.

This is one battle we won... HB 152, New Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Jay graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in Education. With his extensive business experience, 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" and the K-64 program is absolutely essential.

The 2020 pandemic will likely change many aspects of the education model we have come to know including school choice. Education must adapt to the possibility of extended periods of remote teaching. There is much to be gained by facilitating this capability. This will place considerable pressure on the extension of broadband and fiber into rural areas. Jay is quite certain that the pandemic will cause a critical review of how systems have coped with the circumstances. Systems and practices will need modification to function more effectively in any such future event. His experience will allow him to make sensible, practical decisions as a member of the Appropriations committee.

Jay and Donna are active members with their church. 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 has been an active member of the Catawba Valley Wildlife Club for over 30 years and served on the Board of Directors, and as President 1999-2000. Jay is Chairman of the House Committee on Wildlife Resources and received the Governor's Legislator of the Year Award his freshman year.

Jay and wife Donna at a Crawdad's game.