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Moe Davis Running For Congress – Transylvania County, NC


December 9, 2019

The poverty rate in Western North Carolina is soaring, according to a press release from Moe Davis, who filed last week for the Democratic nomination for the 11th Congressional District, which includes Transylvania County.

Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows currently represents the district.

Education is under-funded, and health care is becoming increasingly more inaccessible and unaffordable, according to the release.

“We are headed in the wrong direction,” Davis said. “It is time to elect new leadership in Western North Carolina.

Davis, who lives in Asheville, has a long history of service, the release said.

He spent 25 years in the Air Force, was chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, and has served as a judge and law professor.

A national security expert, the release said, Davis has appeared on NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox and NPR. He has also written for numerous media outlets.

“I was born and raised in a North Carolina that took pride in its good roads and good schools and was a hub of technological innovation decades before anyone ever heard of Silicon Valley,” Davis said of his decision to run for Congress. “That’s not the case today. Western North Carolina ranks high in poverty and low in health care coverage and educational achievement. “Mark Meadows has spent four terms in Congress focusing solely on his own agenda and ignoring his constituents.

“When I represent this district, the only thing on my agenda will be working to create well-paying and sustainable jobs, ensuring our children get a quality education that prepares them for the future and expanding access to health care, so that no one goes without treatment or ends up bankrupt for getting sick.”

Davis, 61, grew up in Shelby. He attended Appalachian State in Boone and joined the Air Force in 1983, rising to colonel in 2001 before retiring in 2008. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

He is known, according to the release, for challenging both Democrats and Republicans.

Davis stood against the Bush Administration’s use of torture and stood up to the Obama Administration, winning a lawsuit on the free speech rights of government employees, the release said.

Davis received the Hugh Hefner Foundation First Amendment Award and was featured in a report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington entitled, “Those Who Dared: 30 Officials Who Stood Up For Our Country.”

Davis most recently worked as a judge at the Department of Labor. He and his wife, Lisa, are building a house in Asheville. They have a daughter, Ashley, who lives in Falls Church, Va.

Learn more about Davis and his campaign at and follow him on Facebook at @MoeDavis for Congress and Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis.


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