Monday, September 19, 2011

Dr. John M. Whitley Announces Candidacy for North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District

Verne Strickland Blogmaster / September 19, 2011

Kannapolis, NC:

Phone: 704-490-8321

  Dr.  John M. Whitley, a Conservative Republican and a neurosurgeon who grew up in Cabarrus County and lives in Fairmont, NC, announced today that he will seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Congress in the 8th District.
    Whitley, whose family includes fourth generation residents of Cabarrus County, graduated from A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, NC and obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He received his medical degree from Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC.  In addition to his work as a neurosurgeon, Whitley is also a farmer who owns and operates All Creatures Animal Sanctuary which rescues animals others don’t want or can no longer care for including buffalo, horses, goats, cows, chickens, dogs, and cats. Whitley is a devout Methodist and a life-long member of his home church, Trinity United Methodist, across the street from A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis.  Most importantly, Whitley is a father and grandfather.
     “As your next congressman, my top priority will be to promote economic growth and private sector job creation throughout the district by reducing the tax burden on small businesses and freeing them from oppressive and unnecessary regulations,” Whitley said. “Under Larry Kissell’s watch unemployment in the 8th District has skyrocketed, and the only thing Obama and Kissell’s stimulus package has stimulated is our national debt.  It’s time to make tough decisions and set some priorities instead of raising the debt limit and kicking the can down the road. We must cut spending. We cannot resort to increasing any taxes on individuals or business.  We must immediately remove the federal government from the lives and business of all our citizens as much as possible.”
    As a physician who is very concerned about the future of health care in America, Whitley looks forward to leading the efforts in Congress to repeal and defund Obama Care. “Obamacare will decrease the quality of medical care, it will raise the cost of health care for everyone, and it has already eliminated thousands of jobs across America,” Whitley said.  “If not repealed or defunded, Obamacare will put massive fiscal burdens on the states, not to mention all business owners in this country.”
    “The 8th District is my home,” Whitley concluded. “It’s where my family is from, it’s where I grew up and it’s where I live.  The people of this district are Conservatives at heart, and they deserve a Congressman who knows the district and will stand up for their beliefs and values.  This is going to be one of the most competitive Congressional races in the Country.  It’s going to take at least $500,000 just for the primary. I am confident we will have the ample resources necessary to win this race and to bring Conservative representation back to the 8th District.”
    The 8th congressional district includes parts of Cabarrus, Union, Rowan, Davidson, Mecklenburg Randolph and Robeson Counties and all of Stanly, Montgomery, Anson, Scotland and Richmond Counties. The district is currently represented by Democrat Larry Kissell, whom Heritage Action for America recently ranked as having a more liberal voting record than Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Barbara Lee, and Dennis Kucinich.  The Hill (“Capitol Hill’s newspaper”) recently called Kissell the most likely Democrat to be defeated in 2012, and Roll Call recently rated the seat as “likely Republican.” Whitley is the only announced Republican candidate who was raised in the district, whose family owns and operates a business in the district, and who actually lives in the district.

Dr. John M. Whitley                                        
A Biographical Sketch

Early Years
·         Grew up in Cabarrus County in the town of Kannapolis, NC
·         One of four children, his mother, Johnette, was a  nurse, and his father, William, owned and operated Whitley’s Funeral Home (a family business that has served the people of Cabarrus and Rowan Counties for  98 years)
·         Worked at family business from age 14 through his college years work after school, on weekends, and during the summer
·         Eagle Scout
·         Graduated from A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, NC, class of 1975; graduated 3rd out of 323 in his graduating class

Higher Education and Medical Practice
·         Bachelor’s degree—University of North Carolina Charlotte
·         Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Neuroscience and Anatomy—Wake Forest University
·         MD degree—Wake Forest University School of Medicine
·         Specialty Degree in Neurosurgery  —Medical College of Georgia
·         MBA—University of Tennessee, Knoxville
·         Physician for over 20 years and Neurosurgeon for 15 years

·         Married to the late Elizabeth Whitley
·         One daughter, Alyson, and one son, Ashton
·         Two Grandchildren
·         Devout Methodist and a life-long member of his home church, Trinity United Methodist, across the street from A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis
·         Active in numerous medical and charitable organizations

Farmer and Animal Lover
·         Owns and operates a working farm in the town of Fairmont, NC in Robeson County in the 8th Congressional District
·         Founded All Creatures Animal Sanctuary, LLC which rescues animals others don’t want or can no longer care for including buffalo, horses, goats, cows, chickens, dogs and cats

September 19, 2011
Andy Yates
(704) 467-0795                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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