FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM MOE DAVIS FOR CONGRESS CAMPAIGN
Contact: Viv Bernstein
December 19, 2019
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA’S LONG NIGHTMARE IS OVER, BUT THE FIGHT FOR
TRUE REPRESENTATION IN THE 11 TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REMAINS
Mark Meadows, a no-show in Western North Carolina for years, has decided not to fight for his congressional seat after district lines were redrawn to make the 11th District more competitive in 2020 and retired Air Force Colonel Moe Davis began his campaign to win the Democratic nomination.
Our nightmare is over.
“I entered the NC-11 race a month ago after the gerrymandered lines were redrawn and I made my top priority unseating Mark Meadows,’’ Davis said. “Done!”
But the departure of Meadows doesn’t change the priority for Western North Carolina. We still need a Congressman who will fight for the issues that matter to the 11th District, not a rubber stamp for Donald Trump and the Republican policies that serve only the rich.
“While Meadows’s departure is clearly a positive first step for working men and women in Western North Carolina, Republican policies remain in place and hold working people down,’’ Davis said. “While unemployment is low, the poverty rate in Western North Carolina is well above the national average. Our kids rank in the bottom third of the nation in math and reading skills. We have far more people without healthcare coverage than other states. Those are the issues I will tackle when I’m in office. I’ll fight for policies that benefit average folks, not the top one percent. We’ll see if perhaps a rising working-class tide lifts the one-percent’s yachts. When I got into this race, I got in it to win it and make Western North Carolina Mountain Strong! We can do this!”
Davis has a long history of service. He spent 25 years in the Air Force, was chief prosecutor for terrorism trials at Guantanamo Bay and has served as a judge and law professor. A national security expert, Davis has appeared on NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox and NPR. He has also written for numerous media outlets.
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. 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.
He is known 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.
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 U.S. Department of Labor. He and his wife, Lisa, are building a home in Asheville. They have a daughter, Ashley, who lives in Falls Church, Va.
You can learn more about Moe Davis and his campaign at moedavisforcongress.com and follow him on Facebook at @MoeDavisforCongress, Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis and Instagram at @MoeDavisforCongress.