Unaffiliated voters often find the issues more compelling than the political party of candidates for public office. Therefore, they should consider Moe Davis for Congress.

The 11th Congressional District in North Carolina is not unlike our country as a whole: a growing number of voters are choosing to be unaffiliated with a political party. North Carolina Board of Elections data as of May 30 show that there are 170,100 registered Democrats, 181,400 registered Republicans, and a whopping 209,900 unaffiliated voters in the 16 counties that comprise NC-11. It is easy to see that the unaffiliated voters are the ones who decide the winner.

Why should an unaffiliated voter consider Moe Davis to represent the people of Western North Carolina in Congress? First and foremost, his resume is impeccable. He is passionate about public service, having served in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years. He also served as a former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay and was director of the Air Force judiciary, a law professor, judge and a national security expert. He has served under presidents of both parties and, most importantly, he has stood up to both Republican and Democratic administrations. He quit his post in the Bush administration over the administration’s torture policy. He sued the Obama White House – and won – when he was fired for writing an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal that was critical of that administration’s handling of prosecutions at Guantanamo Bay. He is a proven independent thinker whose motto is “It’s always the right time to do the right thing.”

The Republican who is favored to win the upcoming runoff to select their candidate has no experience in public service, and was hand-picked by our former congressional representative who abandoned his seat for a job in the Trump White House, leaving the district without representation for a full year. Why would we even think about voting for his pick? We deserve better.

Moe Davis will put the people of District 11 first. He has said, “it’s not about party, it’s about doing what’s right.” Visit moedavisforcongress.com to learn more about Davis’ vision of service on behalf of our mountain communities.

Betsy Swift,