Moe Davis wins Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s 11th District







March 3, 2020






ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Moe Davis, the retired Air Force Colonel, former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, National Security Specialist for Congress, law professor and judge with the U.S. Department of Labor, has won the Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District primary.

With all of the precincts reporting in the Super Tuesday primary, Davis captured 47.35 percent of the vote, well ahead of runner-up Gina Collias with 22.67 percent. Michael O’Shea, Phillip Price and Steve Woodsmall had also challenged for the nomination.

“I’m grateful to the voters for giving me an opportunity to potentially serve once again and I’m grateful to the thousands of people that donated their money, their time and their efforts over 15 weeks to make up the ground I lost because of gerrymandering,’’ Davis said. “It has really been a team effort and I’m honored to have that team behind me. We’re going to fight hard for the next eight months and we’ll win in November.”

Davis does not know his opponent yet. He may have to await the winner of the Republican primary, which appears headed for a runoff election in May.

Davis, 61, grew up in Shelby, N.C. He attended Appalachian State in Boone, earned a law degree from North Carolina Central University and joined the Air Force in 1983, rising to Colonel in 2001 before retiring in 2008 after 25 years of service. He was Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay from 2005 to 2007.

His military awards include the prestigious 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.

Davis is known for challenging both Democrats and Republicans. He stood against the Bush Administration’s use of torture, resigning his post at Guantanamo when ordered to use evidence obtained through torture. He also stood up to the Obama Administration, winning a lawsuit on the free speech rights of government employees.

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 moved back home to North Carolina in 2019 and announced his run for Congress in November. Davis and his wife, Lisa, live in Asheville where they are building a home.

You can learn more about Moe Davis and his campaign at, and follow him on Facebook at @MoeDavisforCongress and Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis.


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