Letter: Why I support Woodsmall for Congress

Graphic by Lori Deaton

If he were honest, Rep. Mark Meadows would likely admit he doesn’t care about polls. Polls that say we:
• Want more health care, not less.
• Believe teachers deserve more pay, better benefits and decent pensions.
•Demand expanded backgrounds checks so those who might harm our children can’t acquire military-style tools of death.

What else explains why Rep. Meadows votes against our best interests and those of Americans everywhere?

But before you can replace Mark Meadows, you must win the November midterm elections. And to do that, you must win North Carolina’s May 8 primary. So the primary is like applying for a job. And we’re the hiring managers. We must decide the best candidate for the job of beating Mark Meadows.

Three good men have applied. But one stands out because of his background, experience and ability to attract the Democratic, unaffiliated, conservative and moderate votes needed to get the job done: Steve Woodsmall.

• As a U.S, Air Force major (retired), Steve immediately connects with men and women, regardless of party affiliation, who also served our country honorably.
• As an M-16 and .38-caliber revolver marksman and Second Amendment rights supporter, Steve can argue for reasonable gun regulations to voters — including conservatives and moderates — who might not otherwise consider a Democrat.
• As a Brevard College teacher and Transylvania Planning Board member, Steve shows by example how serving country and community is his nature, not just his rhetoric.
• And as someone who has lived in here for years because, like so many of us WNC transplants, he and his wife choose to, Steve can make a passionate argument why he won’t turn his back on District 11, as our current representative has.

Primaries are like job interviews. And we hiring managers must decide who’s best qualified to beat Mark Meadows. For me, the choice is easy. The best candidate for that job is Steve Woodsmall.

— Stephen Advokat
Woodsmall for Congress volunteer


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