Retired Air Force colonel and national security expert Moe Davis announces run for Congress in NC-11

Press release on behalf of Moe Davis:


The poverty rate in Western North Carolina is soaring. Education is underfunded. Healthcare is becoming increasingly more inaccessible and unaffordable. We are headed in the wrong direction.
It is time to elect new leadership in Western North Carolina.
That is why North Carolina native Moe Davis is running for Congress in the 11th District. Davis, who lives in Asheville, has a long history of service. He spent 25 years in the Air Force, was chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay and has served as a judge and law professor. A national security expert, Davis has appeared on NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox and NPR. He has also written for numerous media outlets.
“I was born and raised in a North Carolina that took pride in its good roads and good schools and was a hub of technological innovation decades before anyone ever heard of Silicon Valley,” Davis said of his decision to run for Congress. “That’s not the case today. Western North Carolina ranks high in poverty and low in healthcare coverage and educational achievement. Mark Meadows has spent four terms in Congress focusing solely on his own agenda and ignoring his constituents. When I represent this district, the only thing on my agenda will be working to create well-paying and sustainable jobs, ensuring our children get a quality education that prepares them for the future and expanding access to healthcare so that no one goes without treatment or ends up bankrupt for getting sick.”
Davis, 61, grew up in Shelby, N.C. He attended Appalachian State in Boone and joined the Air Force in 1983, rising to Colonel in 2001 before retiring in 2008. His military awards include the prestigious Legion of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
He is known for challenging both Democrats and Republicans. Davis stood against the Bush Administration’s use of torture and stood up to the Obama Administration, winning a lawsuit on the free speech rights of government employees.
Davis received the Hugh Hefner Foundation First Amendment Award and was featured in a report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington entitled, “Those Who Dared: 30 Officials Who Stood Up For Our Country.”
Davis most recently worked as a judge at the Department of Labor. He and his wife, Lisa, are building a house in Asheville. They have a daughter, Ashley, who lives in Falls Church, Va.
You can learn more about Moe Davis and his campaign at and follow him on Facebook at @MoeDavisforCongress and Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis.

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