Meet John Gouch

John Gouch is running for state representative in House District 109 in Gaston County. A political outsider, John runs a small business with his wife as they raise their four children.

The current state of politics prompted John to enter this race and he is more than ready to bring opportunity and stability to the region. Through better relationships with state and local leaders, John Gouch will bring home more job growth and infrastructure to our region. Gaston County is John’s home and he intends to keep it that way.

Born in Charlotte, NC, John Gouch was taught the principles of hard work from a young age. His father is a dentist and his mother taught in the local school system. John attended Northside Christian Academy and graduated with a bachelor’s in chemistry and dental hygiene from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill.

Today, John is the general manager of Gethsemane Cemetery & Memorial Gardens – a family-run business that first opened in 1975. He is a seasoned businessman and people person with the drive to make a difference.

John Gouch met his wife, Shannon, while attending UNC. They have been married for 23+ years and Shannon owns the women’s clothing boutique, belletique, in downtown Belmont. They live in Belmont with their four children, Faith (19), Jack (16), James (14) and Davis (12). They are members of South Point Baptist Church and are involved with Campus Crusade for Christ.