Who would want to debate Bothwell?

Long before Rep. Shuler announced his retirement, Cecil Bothwell had determined that he was willing to do what some would consider — in the current political climate — almost foolhardy, but also unbelievably admirable. Bothwell — no ordinary man, no conventional candidate — was already running.

Because a person of Cecil Bothwell’s caliber is willing to apply the time and energy demanded to stand for the 11th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, citizens have the first opportunity in my long life, to vote with confidence that “We the People” will be represented. My husband and I have spent two evenings listening to him, including his answers to an extensive range of questions.

Bothwell’s obvious intelligence will set him above the ranks of mediocrity now rampant in the House, his knowledge of the issues vital to both our area and the county’s future is deep, and investments of his expended time and energy in Western North Carolina are many. His integrity also will make him a standout.

He accepts no lobbyist donations or PAC monies, so Bothwell will have only constituent interests to consider. He has my trust and my vote.

— Lucy Christopher

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