In the wake of last week’s election loss, local N.C. House Rep. Tim Moffitt told the News & Observer in a video interview that he will do some “soul searching” before deciding if he will run for office again.
He lost a hard-fought campaign to Democratic challenger Brian Turner Nov. 4 by less than 1,000 votes. The race to represent District 116 was marked by a slew of negative ads and allegations on both sides.
“I enjoy the work but I don’t necessarily enjoy the politics,” he says in the interview. “It’s been very tough.”
Video interview embedded here via the News & Observer YouTube page.
Moffitt has a history of returning to politics after electoral losses. He lost his first campaign for the N.C. House to Democrat Jane Whilden in 2008. He then beat her in 2010 and and 2012, rising quickly to a position of prominence in the state Republican party.
But he was one of only four Republican incumbents who lost seats in the N.C. House this year. Buncombe County was a political anomaly, electing an entirely Democratic delegation to the General Assembly.
In office he frequently clashed with the Democratic establishment and the city of Asheville. The most prominent battle was over the city’s water system, which Moffitt tried to transfer to a regional agency against the city’s will (The measure is pending a legal suit brought by the city).
Alluding to such conflicts, Moffitt tells the News & Observer: “Being a conservative in Buncombe County is very difficult. … I man the far western outpost closest to the enemy’s base camp, and I think this election pretty much demonstrated it.”
District 116 is the most conservative electoral district in the county, encompassing Sandy Mush, Enka-Candler and Biltmore Forest. Turner is up for reelection in 2016.