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Tim Moffitt announces run for McGrady’s seat
Monday, 02 September 2019 17:29

From Staff Reports

HENDERSONVILLE — Former Buncombe County Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt announced Aug. 26 that he will run in 2020 for the N.C. House of Representatives District 117 seat in Henderson County.

Moffitt, who previously served two terms in the state house representing western Buncombe County, will seek the District 117 seat, which covers the northern half of Henderson County, including Hendersonville, Laurel Park, Mills River and Fletcher.

The seat is held by Rep. Chuck McGrady, who announced his retirement from the state legislature earlier this year.

“I’d like to apply my working knowledge of the legislative process to represent the people of Henderson County, particularly in the areas of economic development and criminal justice reform,” Moffitt said in a news release announcing his candidacy. “And of course, I’ll do my best to add to Chuck’s considerable body of work on modernizing North Carolina’s Prohibition-era ABC system.”

During his final term in office, Moffitt said he was ranked as the General Assembly’s most effective legislator. Forty-five of Moffitt’s bills became law during the 2013-2014 biennium, all with bipartisan support.

During his earlier legislative tenure, Moffitt said he focused on improving government efficiency, strengthening private property rights and growing the economy. 

He was a chief architect of North Carolina’s Tax Reform efforts, which has since spurred the state’s economy and produced record budget surpluses.

As the chairman of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, Moffitt said his work helped to remove thousands of burdensome business regulations.

That prior service in the House will count toward his seniority, according to Moffitt. 

If Moffitt wins the seat, he said Henderson County and Western North Carolina would continue to have a seat at the table when it comes to the big decisions. He said his experience with the machinery of government and the players involved puts him in a unique position.


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