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Wilkes businesswoman may challenge Foxx

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Article Published: Nov. 3, 2011 | Modified: Nov. 3, 2011

A Wilkes County businesswoman has indicated an interest in challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx in North Carolina’s 5th District.

Treva Johnson on Monday issued a statement of intent to form an exploratory committee, with the possibility of challenging Foxx in the November 2012 election.

In her statement, Johnson said, “Frankly, I am sick and tired of the games being played in Washington and I believe that most people in our region agree with me. So, I am exploring the possibility of putting my name before the voters to go to Washington to apply new blood and effort to turning this deadlocked system around.

“I believe the time has come to take a true look at the struggles of families throughout our region. To understand how it is we have arrived at a place of rampant unemployment, high poverty rates, a breakdown of our healthcare and mental healthcare systems. And, to most importantly understand what steps must be taken to move our communities, our families, our state and our nation forward. We can no longer accept the status quo as Congress continues to play politics with our lives. It is time to realize the extent of the damage the political games have cost our district and to stand together, to demand true, effective representation for our district and the families struggling within it.”

Johnson is from Roaring River in Wilkes County. She is the state director of Omni Visions, an agency the provides foster care, therapeutic foster care as well as mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services for children and adults.

She is a graduate of Appalachian State University and North Wilkes High School.

North Carolina’s 5th District includes all of Ashe, Watauga, Alleghany, Wilkes, Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Davie and Alexander counties, and parts of Forsyth, Iredell and Rockingham counties.Foxx is in her fourth term representing the 5th District.

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