Democrat Jay Carey announces run to unseat Madison Cawthorn

Press release from Workhorse Strategies:

Democrat Jay Carey announced his run for the 11th Congressional district of North Carolina this morning, the seat currently held by Republican Madison Cawthorn. Carey, a disabled combat veteran, proudly served during Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Jay resides in Hendersonville, NC with his wife Leslie, and their sons.

Carey held a press conference earlier today where he gave a speech focused on the issues important to Western North Carolinians such as access to broadband, mental health care and high-quality public education. Like many people living in District 11, Carey is particularly disgusted by Rep. Cawthorn’s involvement in the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol.

Carey expressed his frustrations during his announcement speech:

“I am asking you to join me if you are fed up with the fear-mongering, half-truths, incompetence, and false warrior bravado of our current representative. Madison Cawthorn isn’t working for us. He is not interested in supporting legislation that has put money in the pockets of hard-working Western North Carolinians. He fails to represent all of us on issues that really matter. That doesn’t work for me!”

As an Army veteran, Carey is well trained in the use of firearms and a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment. However, like many Americans, he is tired of watching our children go to school and die from gunshot wounds. Carey pledged to stand up to the gun lobby in Washington to put an end to the mass shooting epidemic in this country.

“I believe that gun safety starts with the individual gun owner. You, the gun owner has the responsibility to secure your weapons so that no one can get to them, especially children, without your knowledge. For too long, Republicans have painted Democrats in a false light.  The narrative that Democrats are coming for your guns is a lie.”

You can learn more about Jay and his candidacy here at


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