The Republican takeover of the N.C. legislature, the first time the GOP has led both houses since 1898, is a huge shift in power that’s brought a lot of new faces, and people new to doing business on Jones Street. In what we hope is a regular feature this session, N.C. Policy Watch will try to talk with some of the newest members to offer a bit more insight on who they are and what they plan on doing this session in Raleigh. This will be an ongoing feature, with the goal of profiling all the new members. Haven’t been contacted for your profile yet? New legislators can contact reporter Sarah Ovaska at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Name: Rep. Kelly E. Hastings  (Republican)
Hometown: Cherryville (represents Cleveland, Gaston counties)
Family: wife Anika (dentist); daughter Sophie, 11.
Occupation: Real estate agent, both residential and commercial.
Education: Appalachian State University, undergraduate. Recently got a certificate from UNC-Charlotte to teach high school but has not begun teaching.
Previous political experience: No.
Campaign Website: http://www.kellyhastings.com 
Twitter feed: @kellyhastings1
Organizations (charities, churches, civic groups) you’re active in: attends St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cherryville, active in local and state realtor associations, former member of local Rotary club.
Biggest political influences: U.S. Sen. John East of Greenville. East, who was a paraplegic “continued to serve, even while suffered. I just recognize what he and others with disabilities might be dealing with.”
Hobbies: Enjoy exercising, walking, jogging, and playing golf.
Any pet peeves?: None.
Why’d you run?: “I was really concerned with a couple of key issues, those would be economic development, public health and safety and education.”
What are you expecting from this session? “I expect that we’ll see a turn toward fiscal conservatism.”
What (policy-wise) keeps you up worrying at night? “High taxes is one. Another big concern is government debt.”
Contact: 2123 Legislative Building, (919) 715-2002, Kelly.Hastings@ncleg.net