Asheville City Council member Carl Mumpower has tossed his hat into the 11th Congressional District ring. Mumpower announced his candidacy for the seat currently held by Heath Shuler on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Mumpower, a pyschologist by trade, has served for six years on City Council, where he has focussed attention on illegal immigration, the war on drugs, property rights and other issues.
In a press release announcing his candidacy Mumpower said: “It is through dedication to the ‘American Success Equation’ of liberty, opportunity and responsibility that we best secure a future of hope for our children and sustain America as a model for the people of the world reaching for a light.”
He added, “I want the people of WNC to know my name, that I am running for Congress, and where I stand on the issues – they will take it from there.”
Mumpower told Xpress, “My decision has nothing to do with anything external such as anyone withdrawing [from the race]. It’s taken me a few weeks to get my heart, my mind, my body and my spirit in the right place.”
The full text of Mumpower’s announcement is below.
— Cecil Bothwell, staff writer
On Wednesday, September 12th, Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower committed to running as a Republican candidate for the 11th District Congressional seat. Mumpower, who has served for 6 years as an independent conservative voice on Asheville’s liberal City Council has vowed to stay the course on this important political race.
Mumpower highlights a commitment to what he defines as “essential issues” as the foundation of his “principles over politics” approach to public service. Some of those issues include securing our borders; resisting a ballooning national debt; challenging Washington’s indulgence of special interests; reducing bureaucratic strangulation of our education, business and health care systems; redirecting our energies in the fight against the harms of hard drugs; and focusing on enforcement of existing laws over the creation of new ones.
When asked to share one statement that broadly defines his position on the issues, Mumpower offered, “It is through dedication to the “American Success Equation” of liberty, opportunity and responsibility that we best secure a future of hope for our children and sustain America as a model for the people of the world reaching for a light.”
Mumpower indicates his campaign approach will be straight forward. “I want the people of WNC to know my name, that I am running for Congress, and where I stand on the issues – they will take it from there.”