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2nd Republican seeks to unseat Cawthorn
Thursday, 15 July 2021 22:22

From Staff Reports

CANTON — A second Republican, Bruce O’Connell, owner of the Pisgah Inn at 408 Blue Ridge Parkway near Canton, recently became the second Republican to announce plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-Hendersonville, in the next election.

As for his reason for running against a fellow Republican, O’Connell was quoted in the Smoky Mountain News as saying the following:

“I supported Madison Cawthorn. I donated to him and I voted for him., but I really think that I understand better what District 11 needs. My 30 years of experience just makes me better-suited to solve the challenges of the district. I’ve got so much experience with dealing with the federal government that I believe I’m better for the job and I believe Madison has not proven that he really represents me. He’s not the kind of guy I want leading me. I feel I could do a better job.”

O’Connell was born in Detroit and raised in Tampa, Fla., and moved to Western North Carolina in 1979, when his parents purchased the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They managed the inn until he took over around 1985.

The other Republican seeking Cawthorn’ seat is Wendy Nevarez, a U.S. Navy veteran.

Also seeking his seat are a slew of Democrats, including Buncombe County Commissioner Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Mills River military veteran Josh Remillard, Asheville social worker Bo Hess, Hendersonville military veteran Jay Carey and small business-owner Kaie Dean.



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