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Josh Dobson, a graduate of Avery County High School, has been appointed to fill a vacant seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives left by former Rep. Mitch Gillespie.
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Originally published: 2013-02-06 14:25:22
Last modified: 2013-02-06 14:25:22

AHS-grad Dobson to fill House seat vacated by Gillespie

Josh Dobson, a McDowell County commissioner, has been appointed to fill a vacant seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives left by former Rep. Mitch Gillespie, who resigned last month to become an assistant secretary at the Department of Natural Resources. The appointment was made official during a meeting last night of the executive committee of the 85th House District Republican Party. The meeting was held in Bakersville at Mitchell County Courthouse.
“I am honored by the trust placed in me to represent the citizens of the 85th District,” said Dobson, who was elected to the McDowell County Board of Commissioners in 2010. “I am eager to begin my work in Raleigh on behalf of the people of Avery, Mitchell and McDowell counties.”
Dobson comes to the legislature after the departure of Gillespie, who worked for the 85th District for more than one decade.
“Josh will do well in Raleigh,” said Gillespie, who now works closely with the General Assembly in his role at the Department of Natural Resources. “I am confident that he will continue the work we’ve started in our district and in Raleigh.”
Dobson’s career includes work in public safety, budgeting and finance, and most recently in a leadership role in the community college system. A native of McDowell County, Dobson graduated from Avery County High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Gardner-Webb University and a master’s from Appalachian State. He is married with one daughter.
“Representative-elect Dobson has a lot of work ahead of him to replace Mitch Gillespie,” House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) said. “While Rep. Gillespie is missed in the House, we are confident his new role will give him the opportunity to further impact the state. I am eager to work with Josh Dobson, and I have no doubt that he will be an effective advocate for his constituents and will play an important role in the North Carolina House of Representatives.”