After a few months of productive legislative work, I’m glad to be in North Carolina where I get to spend a few weeks visiting with you — my 8th District employer — without having to make the trek up to Washington for votes and committee hearings. You sent me to Congress to do the job right by being a principled conservative who is willing to work across the aisle and fight for you and your priorities. I’ve worked hard not only to hopefully exceed your expectations, but also to make myself as accessible as possible, represent you the best that I can, and help make life better for you and your families.
Rest assured, the best part of my job is working for you — you’re the boss! And I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work in the district to hear what’s on your mind. Last week, I traveled through our community and stopped by some of our small businesses, energy producers and manufacturers to meet with workers and discuss ways to help revitalize our local economy. I also talked with some of our most dedicated community members at a Rotary meeting in Lumberton and a chamber of commerce event in Thomasville. I made it through all 12 counties of the 8th District, with scheduled public stops in 10 counties this past week.
Every time I drive through the district, I’m continually reminded how blessed we are to call North Carolina home. I’d like to share with you a few highlights.
Small businesses are the foundation of our country’s economy, and I had the opportunity to tour a few over the last several days. I stopped by U.S. Legend Cars International, a local manufacturer in Harrisburg that has grown into the world’s largest producer of racecars. These folks have an international reach with customers in 25 different countries. Talk about a homegrown success story! Speaking with workers here and across the district helps me gain a better understanding of how Washington’s policies are impacting jobs. I am so impressed by the hard work that is done every day to contribute to our economy. Based on my discussions, it’s clear to me that we need a pro-growth plan that gets government off the backs of our businesses and returns power to North Carolina’s workers and entrepreneurs.
One of my stops was in Union County to present Unionville Fire Department with a federal grant to enhance their ability to keep us safe. I cannot thank Chief Canupp and the rest of the folks with the department enough for their hard work, courage and leadership to protect our community.
And last, but not least, I stopped by a few of North Carolina’s energy producers, including Duke Energy’s facility in Hamlet, O2 Energies in Biscoe and Agility Fuel Systems in Salisbury.
The Richmond Daily Journal stopped by the tour in Hamlet, and here’s what they had to say, “Asked whether he preferred certain forms of energy production over others, the congressman said he is for all of them. As a leader on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Hudson is working to create jobs and lower energy costs by maximizing energy potential. Through his position on the influential committee, Hudson said he is giving North Carolina and the 8th District a voice and a seat at the table for this discussion.”
All-in-all, it was a productive week in the district, and I’m looking forward to continuing the important conversation this week.
Richard Hudson, a Republican from Concord, represents the 8th District in the U.S. House, which includes most of Robeson County.