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GOP Names Its Board Nominee -Brevard NC


Last updated 5/20/2020 at 4:33pm

The Transylvania County Republican Party has chosen Rosman resident Jake Dalton as its nominee to see out the term of recently deceased Commissioner Will Cathey.

Cathey, a Republican who was elected to a four-year on the Board of Commissioners in 2018, died on April 30. The commissioners must appoint Cathey’s replacement.

Dalton graduated from Rosman High School in 1988 and attended Brevard College on a basketball scholarship from 1988 to 1990.

After receiving his associate’s degree, he attended Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., where he received his Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology, with a minor in gerontology.

Shortly after graduation he married his wife, Tanya, adopted her daughter and they had three more children. In 1995, he started Dalton Insurance Agency in Lake Toxaway.

In 2009, he moved the office to Rosman. He sold part of his insurance business in 2017 and now focuses on Medicare, life, health and financial planning. In 2018, he partnered with Landmark Financial on Asheville Highway in Pisgah Forest to continue his insurance career. In 2016, he and his wife also started Next Level Fitness, LLC, on the Old Rosman Highway.

Dalton was one of three candidates put forward to replace Cathey. The other two were Dan Hein and Charles R. Taylor.

Each was nominated and seconded by one of the county Republican Party’s executive committee mem-bers. This week executive committee members con-ducted a special “social distancing” in-person voting process, according to GOP Chair Ruth Harris.

“We (were) very pleased with the quality of candidates who have put their names forward and (were) very grateful to all three of them,” she said.

In an email to committee members prior to the vote, Dalton noted he has served on the Transylvania Economic Alliance for the past six years.

“In that time, we have seen manufacturing in our county go from about 350 jobs to over 700,” he said in the email. “We have completed a project in partnership with the City of Brevard, Transylvania County, and the Golden Leaf Foundation to build phase 1 of the Sylvan Valley Industrial Building on Ecusta Road. I truly believe our best days are ahead of us. The potential in the county is untapped and the future looks bright. I feel this is the time for me to serve on the county commissioner board and to make a difference. We are seeing unprecedented events in our world, state and local governments. I feel that my background as a business owner and as someone who grew up here, as well as my understanding of the dynamics of our county’s demographics, gives me an advantage.”

According to state law, because of the time of Cathey’s seat being vacated – more than 60 days before a general election – the nominee will only be in the seat until Dec. 7.

There will be a special ballot during this November’s election that the GOP nominee will be on competing with a nominee from the Democrats.

Whoever wins that special election will serve out the rest of Cathey’s term.


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