McKinney files for county commissioner

Feb 25, 2014

Historian and writer Windy McKinney has filed for Haywood County commissioner as a Libertarian candidate.

McKinney grew up just outside of Waynesville and attended Tuscola High School before attaining a bachelor’s degree at UNC-Asheville in history and literature.

After living and working in Asheville, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she earned a master’s degree in medieval studies at the University of Kent in Canterbury, and a doctorate from the University of York in York.

Running on the Libertarian party’s platform of limited government, McKinney said she sees herself taking a different approach to politics than that of her predecessors by maintaining a citizen-focused candidacy.

Her campaign calls for political and fiscal accountability, and showing respect toward the people being served.

“Part of this tact is a focus on the economic prosperity that is needed to keep businesses, jobs (and thus our best and brightest) here in Haywood County,” McKinney said.

Opposing property taxation and pushing back government regulations that encumber local businesses will be part of McKinney's campaign. She said she is considering ways government mechanisms can run more efficiently to pay off the county’s millions of dollars of debt.

McKinney will also stand against the county commissioner-approved Emergency Management Act, which allows the sheriff’s department to take and use the personal property of citizens — such as guns and vehicles — during times of state emergency.

She will also be taking an assertive stance against state and federally mandated regulations which limit the constitutional rights of citizens, and advocating the removal of Common Core from North Carolina’s statewide school curriculum.

McKinney said she plans to create a network in which local communities can give feedback to their county leaders regarding their concerns, issues, complaints and suggestions.

She invites all interested citizens to contact her at

Learn more about McKinney’s campaign and the work of the Libertarian Party of Haywood County at the party’s regular meetings at 7 p.m. every second Wednesday of each month at Organic Beans in Maggie Valley, 3676 Soco Road. The next meeting will be held March 12.