Former McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene announced Wednesday he will file as a Republican candidate in next year’s election for the N.C. House of Representatives.
Greene, 56, will seek the seat in 2020 now held by fellow Republican Josh Dobson, who represents the 85th District consisting of Avery, Mitchell and McDowell counties. Dobson has previously announced he will not seek re-election to N.C. House and is a candidate for N.C. Labor Commissioner instead, according to a news release.
A native of Avery County, Greene is a 1981 graduate of Avery High School and a 1985 graduate of Mayland Community College with a degree in criminal justice. Greene spent 30 years working in law enforcement - serving in various capacities with the Newland Police Department, the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, the Avery County Sheriff’s Office and the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office. Greene retired in 2018 after serving his last 10 years as McDowell County sheriff.
In his announcement, Greene discussed the importance for the district to keep a voice for reason and common-sense conservatism in Raleigh and stated and he hopes to be that voice. Greene said he is pledging to promote public safety, education, and business – especially small business – while being a good steward of taxpayer money and doing his best to preserve, protect and defend both the state and federal constitutions.
“I feel my background and current situation put me in a unique position to represent our district effectively,” he said in this news release. “As a nearly lifelong resident of the district who spent most of my life living in one or the other of two of its three counties, I have some familiarity with the needs and the people here. As a retiree with my children grown I am able to devote the time required to work in the district’s interest. And although my work history was mainly in the public sector, I grew up the son of a small businessman so I understand the private sector perspective as well.”
Greene currently makes his home in Marion with his wife, the former Allyson Edwards. They have two children: Mary, 25, who lives in New York working in theater and marketing, and Julian, 19, who serves in the U.S. Army. Greene is the son of Doris and the late Julian Greene of Newland who operated Greene & Taylor Nurseries there for some 45 years, according to the news release.