A McDowell County commissioner will replace former Rep. Mitch Gillespie, who left office to join the McCrory administration. Josh Dobson was appointed to the vacancy by the 85th House District Republican Party. “Josh will do well in Raleigh,” Gillespie said in a statement released by the House speaker's office. “I am confident that he will continue the work we’ve started in our district and in Raleigh.”
According to the speaker's office, Dobson is a McDowell County native who received a bachelor's from Gardner-Webb University and a master's degree from Appalachian State. He is married with one daughter.