County officials meet with Congressman Patrick McHenry

Published 9:37 am Thursday, February 7, 2013

Shown with Congressman Patrick McHenry, center, are left to right: Commissioner Keith Holbert, Columbus Town Manager Jonathan Kanipe, Polk County Commissioner Chair Michael Gage, Interim County Manager Marche Pittman, Saluda Mayor Fred Baisden, Tryon Mayor Alan Peoples and Tryon Town Manager Caitlin Martin. (photo submitted by Ange’ High)

Representatives of Polk County government had the honor of meeting with Congressman Patrick McHenry on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Congressman McHenry is serving his fifth term in the United States Congress representing the citizens of North Carolina’s 10th District.

This district is comprised of seven counties in western North Carolina, including Polk, which was included in the 10th District after the state’s redistricting plan last year.

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Polk was previously in District 11 under then Congressman Heath Shuler.

When he sat down with county and town officials he wanted to discuss the effect the new health care law and immigration policy will have on local jurisdictions and the citizens they serve.

He wanted to make them aware of the extra costs they and the citizens may incur due to these new policies.

Congressman McHenry said he likes to touch base with community leaders and offered to serve as a liaison for the Polk County Veteran Affair’s Office.

– article submitted by Ange’ High