FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM MOE DAVIS FOR CONGRESS CAMPAIGN
Contact: Viv Bernstein
January 23, 2020
FORMER ASHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER GORDON SMITH
ENDORSES MOE DAVIS FOR CONGRESS
Gordon Smith, a member of the Asheville City Council from 2009 to 2017, has endorsed Democrat Moe Davis for Congress in the 11th District.
“I will be voting for Moe Davis for Congress on March 3,’’ said Smith, a counselor in Asheville. “His resume, record, consistency, courage and organization have won me over. He has been lauded by Amnesty International and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) for his willingness to stand up and speak truth to power. In addition to the qualities I’ve already mentioned, Moe Davis has the best chance of winning in November. He has broad support and is raising the money it takes to win.”
Smith’s announcement comes less than six weeks before the Democratic primary. Early voting begins on Feb. 13.
“People know and respect Gordon Smith,’’ Davis said. “In his eight years of service on the Asheville City Council, he fought for social and economic justice, racial equity and progressive policies that kept Asheville leaning forward despite state and national efforts to turn back the clock. I am grateful to have earned his support and pledge to follow his example of what public service is really about.”
Davis, 61, grew up in Shelby, N.C. He attended Appalachian State in Boone and joined the Air Force in 1983, rising to Colonel in 2001 before retiring in 2008. 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 and 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 CREW entitled, “Those Who Dared: 30 Officials Who Stood Up For Our Country.”
Davis was a Senior Specialist in National Security for Congress, a law professor at Howard University and most recently worked as a judge at the U.S. Department of Labor before announcing a run for Congress.
You can learn more about Moe Davis at moedavisforcongress.com. Follow Moe on Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis, on Facebook at @MoeDavisForCongress and on Instagram at @MoeDavisForCongress.