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Johnson defeats Edney in House 113

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State Rep. Jake Johnson, seeking election to the seat he was appointed to last year, defeated Democratic nominee Sam Edney with 60 percent of the vote.

Born and raised in Saluda, Johnson graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a degree in political science. He was elected to the Polk County Board of Commissioners and served as chair. He was appointed to the District 113 seat in 2019. He lives in Saluda, works as a real estate agent for a Berkshire Hathaway office in Hendersonville and is a member of Silver Creek Baptist Church. At 25, he's the youngest member of the state House.

A native of the Valley Hill community in Henderson County, Edney is a graduate of East Henderson High School who has worked in industry for 18 years, including at the Ecusta paper mill. He owned and operated Pisgah Pest Control until his retirement. He and has three daughters, a stepdaughter and stepson. He and his wife, Deda, live in Cedar Mountain.