Meet Sam Edney
A Strong Voice For The Mountains
Sam is a western North Carolina native, now living in Transylvania County. The Edneys first arrived in North Carolina in 1679. Born on New Years Day in 1950, Sam grew up in the Valley Hill section of Henderson County, on land that his great-grandfather purchased after returning home from the Civil War. Sam attended Valley Hill School and Flat Rock Jr. High, and he graduated from East Henderson High. He is a 1970 graduate of Asheville-Buncombe Technical.
Sam grew up on a farm milking cows, raising pigs, and picking apples. His parents were both textile workers. He took his first “public” job at the Elks Camp in Henderson County, where he was a kitchen boy. Sam worked full-time after leaving home at age 16. After graduating from A-B Tech, Sam worked as an industrial engineer for 18 years, the last 12 of which were with Ecusta Paper in Brevard, NC. In 1988, Sam purchased Pisgah Pest Control in Brevard, a company that today operates three branches and has 24 employees. He knows what it is to set a budget and meet a payroll.
The people in western North Carolina are hard-working and simply want an opportunity to succeed. Plant closures and the Great Recession have set the area back. Western NC does not have enough affordable housing or living-wage jobs.
Sam believes that now is the time to invest in public education and economic development, and give everyone in our community a chance to succeed.