“Let’s send someone to Congress whose career reflects significant education, training, relevant work experience — and maturity.”
“He’s supposed to be running to represent us, not Trump, and has zero knowledge of the needs of the people of Western North Carolina.”
The race to represent Western North Carolina in Congress got a lot more real on Sept. 4 and 5, when Republican Madison Cawthorn and Democrat Moe Davis met for the first time in a public debate. Personal attacks were the order of both evenings as the candidates sought to gain an advantage in the tight contest and generate sound bites for campaign ads.
Tonight’s the night! For the first time, the major-party candidates for WNC’s open congressional seat will meet to debate the issues. The event is hosted by Western Carolina University’s Biltmore Park instructional site and sponsored by Blue Ridge Public Radio, Smoky Mountain News and Mountain Xpress. Details for the event livestream and live updates here.
The contest to represent Western North Carolina in the U.S. House features candidates from different generations with different backgrounds and very different ideas about what needs to happen next in Washington. The main thing Republican Madison Cawthorn and Democrat Morris “Moe” Davis might have in common is they have spent time in the national spotlight, albeit for very different reasons.
“[T]he residents of the 11th District deserve someone who will put the integrity of the U.S. Constitution and the interests of the people of Western North Carolina first.”
“Mr. Davis, a retired Air Force colonel with numerous military honors, demonstrated his integrity as well as his patriotism when he resigned his position as chief prosecutor at Guantanamo rather than agree to use torture-based evidence.”
“Oddly enough, the future of the Republican stranglehold on North Carolina and the nation can be glimpsed through Meadows and the 11th District.”
“I was shocked and dismayed by the optics when, while watching the Michael Cohen congressional hearing, Mark Meadows, our own 11th District representative, paraded an African-American lady before the assemblage like a life-size cardboard cutout.”
“Because of these and many more of Mark Meadows’ positions that my wife and I disagree with, we are actively supporting the alternative for the 11th Congressional District, Democrat Phillip Price.”
“N.C. 11 must elect Phillip Price and other Democrats as a check on presidential power before Trump does any more damage to our great nation.”
N.C.’s tenth and eleventh congressional district primary results finalize fall races with McHenry and Meadows maneuvering to defend their seats.
“Having lived here for his entire adult life — 30-plus years — and working all over the 16 counties taking down barns and farmhouses to make the lumber into furniture and wood panels for new homes, Mr. Price gets us because he is definitely one of us.”
“He knows that a complex problem like gun violence is not solved by solely allowing guns to be carried in our schools and concealed in our pocketbooks and waistbands.”
“It is important that such things be brought forward.”
“Mark Meadows hates big government when it helps people with health problems, but he loves big government when it benefits his investments.”
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and early voting runs through Nov. 5. Below you will find questionnaires from candidates at the federal, state and local levels. You can also find our federal and state election coverage in the current, Oct. 26, issue and our county election coverage in the upcoming Nov. 3 issue. For […]
Early voting began May 26 for a special primary for candidates in the 10th and 11th congressional districts and for North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice. Early voting will run through June 4, with polling places closed over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30.
There are two ways to view Xpress’ Q&A with the candidates: Either click the candidates’ picture to see a text version of their answers or click the grid below. Rick Bryson, Democrat Mark Meadows (I), Republican
Rick Bryson, Democrat rickbrysonforcongress.com Place of residence: Bryson City Occupation: Industrial public relations Political experience: Alderman, Bryson City Endorsements: IBEW, Teamstersl; Asheville Citizen-Times Amount of money raised: DNA Top three donors and amount contributed: DNA Why are you running? Because for the past four years, the 11th District of Western North Carolina has not been […]
Walt Gary (left) of the Thermo Fisher Scientific explains to 11th District candidate Hayden Rogers how the plant tracks parts and waste to keep costs down. Rogers took the tour with Rep. Heath Shuler and spoke to some of the workers at a meeting. (photo by Bill Rhodes)