Citizen-Times: teacher, environmental activist running for Congress against Rep. McHenry

From the Asheville Citizen-Times:

Owen’s champion soccer coach who led an Erin Brockovich-style campaign to clean up industrial pollution in his neighborhood is now running for Congress.

A high school social studies teacher, Tate MacQueen said he is seeking the 10th District seat out of a sense of obligation to neighbors, students, and fellow teachers.

“What is driving me is the work I’ve done in the community as an advocate and what I have done as an educator,” MacQueen said.

“I think people would say I’m passionate and that I care deeply for other people. I simply want to help where I can help, and accept help where I need it. If there is ever a time when we are in it together, this is it.”

A registered Democrat, MacQueen is the only member of that party so far to declare a candidacy. The 10th District, which includes Asheville, Black Mountain, and other parts of Buncombe County, is held by five-term Republican Patrick McHenry, of Denver.


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