Rep. Hardister’s Bio

Jon Hardister was born and raised in Greensboro, NC as the only child of Wayne and Carolyn Hardister. He attended Grimsley High School and Greensboro College, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science.

In 2012 Jon was elected to serve as a member of the NC House of Representatives. His district covers most of eastern Guilford County and parts of Greensboro. He serves on several committees, including ABC, Appropriations, Banking, Education, Elections, Judiciary, and Transportation.

Numerous bills that Jon sponsored have been passed into law. Both the NC Chamber of Commerce and the NC Free Enterprise Foundation have provided Jon with a high rating for the work that he has done as a legislator. He has received several awards and recognitions as a result of his work, including:

  • “Freshman Trailblazer Award” from the NC Alliance of Public Charter Schools
  • “Certificate of Appreciation” from the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform
  • “Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservative Union
  • “Legislator of the Year” by the Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of North Carolina
  • “Legislator of the Year” by NCARF
  • “Legislator of the Year” by the NC Craft Brewers Guild

Jon also enjoys being active in his community. He currently serves on several boards, including the board of directors of the Southeast Guilford Community Foundation; the board of visitors of the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences; the board of directors of the local Boy Scouts of America; and the board of alumni at Greensboro College. He is also an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Greensboro.

Aside from his job as a legislator, Jon works in marketing and real estate investing. He is the Vice President for Marketing of First Carolina Mortgage, a company that is owned by his family. In his spare time, which is not often these days, Jon enjoys exercising, playing guitar, reading and spending time with his family.

In November 2016, Jon was elected by his colleagues to serve as the NC House Majority Whip. This is one of the top leadership posts in the state legislature.

Rep. Jon Hardister

P.O. Box 4113
Greensboro, NC 27404
jonhardister@gmail.com


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PRESS RELEASE: Rep. Jon Hardister Releases Statement on Judicial Redistricting

September 19, 2017

For Immediate Release

Raleigh, NC - Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford, Majority Whip), who serves on the House Select Committee on Judicial Redistricting, released the following statement regarding judicial redistricting efforts in the North Carolina General Assembly:

In reviewing the judicial districts in North Carolina, it is clear that we need to update and streamline the system. My focus is on the judicial system in Guilford County, which desperately needs to be updated.

There are five Superior Court districts in Guilford County. These districts have not been updated since 2001. As a result, the populations of these districts are very disproportionate.

The population of Guilford County's five Superior Court districts are as follows:

18 A: 62,406
18 B: 108,936
18 C: 128,853
18 D: 85,509
18 E: 102,702

These districts have extreme disparities in their populations, which is unacceptable. It is not fair to the voters and it is not fair to the judicial candidates. The variance in population in two of these districts is two-to-one.

This needs to be updated so the districts are balanced in population, which will result in more equity for voters and judicial candidates. These districts need to be balanced in population.

As for the Guilford County District Courts, we currently have 14 judges who are elected countywide. This also needs to be updated.

It is very difficult for candidates to run countywide for District Court. Guilford County is currently over 500,000 in population and it is growing. It is expensive and rigorous for judicial candidates to run a countywide race.

If you are a voter in Guilford County, it is difficult to keep up with 14 District Court judges to vote for across the county. Voters are often confused by the large number of district court judges to choose from. This needs to be simplified.

It would be better to elect District Court judges from within the Superior Court districts. We can do this by adding an extra seat to the Guilford County District Court, brining the total number of judges to 15. We would then elect three District Court judges from within each Superior Court district.

(Note: The Guilford County District Court has requested more resources in order to meet their workload. Adding an extra judge would help to achieve this goal.)

This would be a much more balanced, streamlined approach to operating our District Court system. It would be easier for voters to track candidates, which may result in higher participation in judicial races. It would also be more reasonable for District Court candidates to run in a district rather than countywide.

It is worth noting that Article IV of the North Carolina Constitution requires the General Assembly to divide judicial districts from "time to time" in order to establish a "convenient" number of districts. This applies to both the Superior Courts and the District Courts. Given the fact that Guilford County's judicial districts have not been updated in 16 years, it is time to proceed with this action.

Over the next few weeks I will be in touch with members of the District Court and Superior Court to keep them updated on our efforts and to receive their feedback. This effort needs to be collaborative and comprehensive.

I look forward to working my colleagues in the General Assembly to put these changes into action. This is not a matter of partisan politics. It is a matter of updating and enhancing the efficiency of our judicial system.

Contact:

Rep. Jon Hardister
NC House Majority Whip
JonHardister@gmail.com
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