West drops out of House race, will support Republican Amy Evans

Press release from Amy Evans’ campaign:

(Black Mountain, NC) Former Buncombe GOP Chairman Nathan West announced that he will no longer seek the Republican nomination in the upcoming primary election for NC House District 115 and will fully support Republican Businesswoman Amy Evans.

“After several meetings with Amy and considerable reflection with my friends and family, I’ve come to the conclusion that she represents our best chance to defeat the incumbent in November’s general election,” commented West. “And given our local political climate, a divisive Republican primary just won’t contribute to that larger goal.”

West reluctantly agreed to put his name forward, if only to hold the seat open, because no other Republican candidate at that point had decided to run. Evans ended up filing 15 minutes before the primary deadline closed.

“Had I known Amy was going to throw her hat in the ring, I really wouldn’t have jumped in this cycle,” said West. “I have a great deal of respect for her: she’s smart and she’s had an impressive career in business,” stated West.

“To be clear, Nathan’s name will be on the ballot on May 8th, but he is no longer a candidate for the seat. He won’t be running for the seat,” stated Evans. “I want to thank Nathan for his generosity and his support, but mainly for his dedication and service to the Buncombe County Republican Party over the years. I would ask that you join me in wishing he and Sarah and the children ALL the best in their future endeavors,” stated Evans.

Evans, a grandmother, veteran, and retired businesswoman, was one of the first women to receive an appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy, and worked at DuPont de Nemours:  Berg Electronics, Inc. for 7 years where she was promoted and advanced to the most senior administrative position within the company — attaché to the CEO and President. Ms. Evans since then held several similar positions supporting global and local clients. Amy speaks several foreign languages [French & German] and holds several leadership roles in Black Mountain/Asheville civic charities and organizations.

This year’s primary election will be held on May 8, with early voting beginning on Thursday, April 19.

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