Contact: Larry Ford
Miller to Visit Jackson and Macon Counties This Weekend
Hendersonville, NC - Republican Congressional Jeff Miller will spend much of this weekend in Jackson and Macon Counties. A Hendersonville small business owner and founder of HonorAir, Miller is campaigning on the theme of “Common Sense for Congress.” Miller has emphasized that his experience in running a small family business and his many experiences in charitable and volunteer positions have prepared him for Congress. “I know what it's like to be responsible for the livelihood of employees and to try to provide benefits like health insurance. My dad was my mentor and partner and he taught me that you had to provide quality service at a fair price and you had to take care of your people. I plan to take that same common sense approach to Washington,” Miller said.
Miller is the founder of HonorAir, which now operates in thirty-four states. HonorAir flies World War II veterans to Washington to visit the World War II Memorial. Miller said, “We can’t forget the amazing service our veterans gave to us. I'm just honored to be able to give something back to them. Service is another important role of the Congressman. I pledge to provide the very best service possible to the people of Western North Carolina. Constituent service is definitely one of my priorities.”
In endorsing Miller, former NC Senator Robert (Bob) Carpenter said, “Oh we're behind him. He's a great candidate and the veterans are behind him in a big way. His work with HonorAir shows how dedicated he is to helping veterans and what a good person he is.”
Miller will be joined by other Congressional candidates, NC Senate candidates and others at the Republican Conventions in both Jackson and Macon Counties this weekend.
The Jackson County Convention will be at 6:30 tonight (Friday) at Barker's Creek Community Center, Mile Marker 79 on Hwy. 74. Further in formation is available from Jackson County GOP Chairman Ralph Slaughter at 743-6491.
The Macon County Convention will be Saturday morning at the Macon Community Center at 1288 Georgia Road, across from The Whistle Stop, in Franklin. Convention registration begins at 9:00AM and the convention convenes at 10:00. But, a free breakfast will be served before the convention.
Miller plans to arrive at the Community Center at 8:30 to meet with citizens.
This endorsement of Jeff Miller by Bob Carpenter of Macon County is big news locally. "Senator Bob" is very well respected in the community. He served eight terms in the NC Senate from 1989 to 2005 representing the NC Senate District 50 that included much of western North Carolina, including all or parts of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain and Transylvania counties before the district was redrawn.
Brief Bio of Robert Carpenter
Robert "Bob" Carpenter was born in Franklin, North Carolina and graduated from Franklin High School in 1942. He briefly attended Western Carolina University before undergoing flight training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and flying with the United States Navy during World War II (from 1943 to 1945). After the war, he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Consumer Banking and served as a bank executive in Franklin until his retirement. Carpenter was first elected to the North Carolina Senate in 1988. Carpenter has been a member of the Franklin Rotary Club for 50 years.