Former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has purchased a waterfront house on Lake James, according to reports.

McCrory, the state’s governor from 2013 to 2017, purchased the 2,800 square-foot home on Lentz Landing Lane in the Waterglyn Subdivision, on Aug. 18. According to McDowell County property records, the house, previously owned by Richard and Joanne Leigh of Jackson, N.H., and a dock on the lake were purchased by McCrory and his wife Ann for $650,000. The tax value on the home is approximately $410,970.

McDowell Register of Deeds Tonia Hampton told The McDowell News, “It’s kind of cool having a former governor here. I’ve met him a few times, he’s a super nice person. His conservative values, I think, will be welcomed in McDowell County.”

Based on last year’s election results, it would certainly seem he’d be welcomed by the community: During the November 2016 election, McCrory received 13,049 votes, or 66.43 percent in McDowell County, while opponent and now-Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper received 6,022 votes, or 30.66 percent. McCrory left office in December after a narrow loss to Cooper.

McDowell County Commission Chairman David Walker said he was highly supportive of McCrory purchasing a house in the area.

“I think it’s definitely good news,” said Walker. “To me, I feel like the former governor realizes the potential growth in McDowell County, that there’s a lot of positive things going on like low tax rates, natural resources, the lake, etc. He’s been in and out of McDowell before – even once as we dedicated the Universal building – and he probably took in a lot of places he would go to, but it seems like these were some of the factors why the former governor, or anyone, would want to live and reside here.”

Haskell Davis, Republican Chairman of McDowell County, remarked, “I’m glad anyone wants to live in McDowell, whether they’re Democrat or Republican.”

Prior to taking office as mayor of Charlotte in 1995, the politician had been a 29-year employee with Duke Energy and a continual advocate for the company, even toward his 2012 election as the state’s governor. Lake James is one of several water systems that supply power for Duke and its plants.

According to The Charlotte Observer, it’s unclear if McCrory, who lives in Myers Park in the Queen City, plans to relocate.

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