Moe Davis


North Carolina native Moe Davis has announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 11th District.

Davis, who lives in Asheville, spent 25 years in the Air Force, was chief prosecutor 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.

“I was born and raised in a North Carolina that took pride in its good roads and good schools and was a hub of technological innovation decades before anyone ever heard of Silicon Valley,” Davis said. “That’s not the case today. Western North Carolina ranks high in poverty and low in healthcare coverage and educational achievement. Mark Meadows has spent four terms in Congress focusing solely on his own agenda and ignoring his constituents. When I represent this district, the only thing on my agenda will be working to create well-paying and sustainable jobs, ensuring our children get a quality education that prepares them for the future and expanding access to healthcare so that no one goes without treatment or ends up bankrupt for getting sick.”

Davis, 61, grew up in Shelby. 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 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 most recently worked as a judge at the Department of Labor. He and his wife, Lisa, are building a house in Asheville. They have a daughter, Ashley, who lives in Falls Church, Va.

For more about Moe Davis and his campaign, see and follow him on Facebook at @MoeDavisforCongress and Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis.