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Balkcom announces campaign for state House seat

Jennifer Capps Balkcom Jennifer Capps Balkcom

Jennifer Capps Balkcom, a Republican, announced on Monday that she will be a candidate for state House District 117, which encompasses the northern half of Henderson County.

The seat is currently held by Tim Moffitt, who announced earlier this month that he will run for the state Senate being vacated by Chuck Edwards, who is running for Congress.

“It would be an honor to serve my community in the state legislature,” Balkcom in a news release. “If I am elected, I will bring Henderson County’s small-town conservative values and my decades of practical business experience to Raleigh.”

A mortgage loan officer in Hendersonville, Balkcom has more than 20 years experience in the financial sector helping thousands of clients navigate the process of everything from buying a car to home ownership. Her family goes back many generations in Henderson County, she has strong ties to the community, and she is active in many area non-profits. She has served in many local leadership positions, including as vice president of the Hendersonville Women’s Club, vice president of the Hendersonville Lions Club and treasurer of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Western North Carolina.

Balkcom currently serves on the Henderson County Planning Board and on the boards of the Advent Health Foundation and the Store House, a local faith-based nonprofit that serves needy families. Balkcom has also served on the boards of the Henderson County Education Foundation and St. Gerard House.

Balkcom graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Business Administration. She and her husband, Clint, and their son, Douglas, live in the Naples area with their four dogs and several chickens. They attend Hendersonville First Baptist Church.

Also running for the Republican nomination for the House seat is Chelsea Walsh, a former county Republican Party chair who ran for a Hendersonville City Council seat in November.