Press release from Dr. Frank Moretz, Nov. 25, 2015:
Local Physician, Small Business Owner Brings Fresh Perspective to Raleigh
FAIRVIEW, NC – Today, local physician Frank Moretz declared his intention to run for NC House District 115 in the 2016 General Election. Moretz shares partial ownership of Highland Brewing and serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“Buncombe County families need an effective, independent voice in Raleigh,” said Moretz. “Health care costs consume increasingly more of tax dollars, but with only one physician serving in the House or Senate, we are missing opportunities to improve patient access to quality medical care and to lower costs throughout the health care industry in our state, particularly Western North Carolina.”
“Like many here in Buncombe County, I am concerned that we don’t have a strong leader in Raleigh who can push through the partisan back-and-forth to get results,” continued Moretz. “Our children and grandchildren need well-funded public schools, with tax dollars reaching the classroom, and I am committed to serve as their advocate. My life demonstrates it.”
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, but the rising costs of regulations hold back job creation and wage growth,” Moretz added. “We can free them to expand while still protecting our environment. Even though our economy is improving, family budgets are strained and too many jobs have left our area. From the natural beauty all around us, to the lifestyle and culture of the people, we are poised for economic growth if we set aside partisan bickering and focus on attracting the jobs we need.”
NC House District 115 is represented by Fairview Democrat John Ager, who is serving in his first term after winning one of the state’s most contested races of 2014 by 496 votes.
Raised in nearby Hickory, NC where his father was a furniture manufacturer and mother was a school teacher, Moretz served active duty in the US Air Force after completing undergraduate and medical school at UNC Chapel Hill. He recently retired after working 30 years as an anesthesiologist in the Asheville area, most recently for All-Care Clinical Associates (formerly Asheville Anesthesia Associates). A longtime advocate for stronger public education and improved health care, Moretz is running as a Republican. He resides in Fairview and has two grown sons.