Keith Kidwell is a twenty-five-year Beaufort County resident and small business owner. He has spent his career as an Enrolled Agent and tax accountant doing battle with and winning fights against government overreach from the likes of the Internal Revenue Service and the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
The 79th District is a newly created district consisting of all of Beaufort County and the Northern half of Craven County.
Present at the announcement were State Senator Bill Cook (R Beaufort) who is serving as Chairman of the Campaign Steering Committee, Aurora Mayor Clif Williams who is serving as the Vice-Chairman, and several other members of the committee along with Kidwell's wife and family.
"I'm running to help the taxpayers of Beaufort and Craven Counties. As someone who has been on the front lines to see the devastation that extensive taxation has on families and small businesses, I'm running to reduce taxes. Working families deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money. My first piece of legislation will be to reduce taxes on families and small business."
Kidwell, a longtime conservative Republican Party activist, currently serves in several positions within the Republican Party at the County, Congressional District and State levels. Kidwell was a Delegate from North Carolina to the 2016 Republican National Convention which nominated Donald Trump for President.
Active in the community, Kidwell served five years as the Chairman of the Beaufort County Community College Business and Accounting Advisory Board. He has also served on other non-profit boards and church councils, including 10 years as the chairman of the local Coastal Pregnancy Center. He is a member of the Beaufort County Law Enforcement Association Gun Range.
Keith and his wife, Viki, live in Chocowinity, have one son, Jason, who is in working alongside him in the family business at H & R Block. They also raised a niece, Kimberly. Keith and Viki have four grandchildren, April, Keith II, Julian and Liberty, with whom they spend much of their spare time.
Kidwell's conservative beliefs on taxes comes partly from an experience he had as a very young child. He went to the store to buy 100 pieces of bubble gum with the first dollar he earned and was told he could not buy all 100 because of taxes. That experience at such a young age contributed to him being a taxpayer advocate.
Added Kidwell, "I'm excited about this opportunity to represent the citizens of Beaufort and Craven Counties and look forward to talking with them during the campaign. Raleigh needs more conservatives and I am ready to do battle with Governor Roy Cooper."
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Republican - District 79
16 West Jones Street, Rm. 2213
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
NC House: 919-733-5881
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