Press Release



Rena Turner, current Clerk of Superior Court, has announced her candidacy for the newly created and confirmed 84th House District. At a meeting of the Committee to Elect Republican Women on Monday evening, fund-raising chair Ruth Samuelson and Speaker Tom Tillis welcomed her into the race and introduced her to the group of legislators and supporters. Her experience, education and location in the county make her the most likely candidate to represent this newly drawn district.

 Rena Turner  with Tom Tillis

Ms. Turner was formerly a teacher in the Iredell Statesville Schools, teaching at Oakwood Junior High (now Statesville Middle School) and at Harmony Elementary. She obtained her own education in the Iredell County Schools and then at Lenoir Rhyne University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in 1973 and graduate degree in 1990. She knows the value of education and how important the strength of knowledge can be to our community and our state in offering educated workers for a strong economy with good jobs.

A lifelong resident of Iredell County and, particularly, near the center of the new 84th district, she worked on the family dairy farm from an early age, from picking cotton, driving the truck for loading hay bales, to milking cows during the 4:00 a.m. shift. Farmers will always have a voice in Raleigh with her knowledge, experience and respect of the daily operations on our family farms.

Knowledge of the law and its operation have been a great part of her last 17 years as the Clerk of Superior Court in Iredell County. The changes and additions instituted by the Legislature each year has given her an appreciation of the importance of understanding how their results affect our residents. Because of this experience, she is ready and able to meet the challenges of service at the State level.

 Ms. Turner currently serves as President of the NC Clerks' of Superior Court Conference (2011-2012). She has been honored with the Laity Award for her participation and leadership in Friendship United Methodist Church where she has been a lifetime member. Ms. Turner has been choir director and organist for about 40 years. Ms. Turner is an active member of the Statesville Rotary Club and received the Distinguished Rotarian Award in 2008-2009 and has been named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Ms. Turner has been married to Donald for 40 years. They have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. For more information, please check her website at

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